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QuickStats About Culture and Identity


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Pacific peoples


  • In 2006, 265,974 people identified with the Pacific peoples ethnic group, representing 6.9 percent of the total New Zealand population. In 2001, there were 231,801 Pacific peoples, comprising 6.5 percent of the total population.
  • Over 9 in 10 Pacific peoples (93.4 percent) living in New Zealand in 2006 lived in the North Island. Two-thirds (66.9 percent) of Pacific peoples lived in the Auckland Region.
  • The Pacific ethnic group had the highest proportion of children (people aged 0 to 14 years) of all of the major ethnic groups, at 37.7 percent.


Seven Largest Pacific Peoples Ethnic Groups

2001–2006 Censuses

Ethnic group

2001 count

2006 count

Percentage change 2001–2006

Samoan

115,017

131,103

14.0

Cook Islands Maori

52,569

58,008

10.3

Tongan

40,719

50,481

24.0

Niuean

20,148

22,476

11.6

Fijian

7,041

9,864

40.1

Tokelauan

6,204

6,819

9.9

Tuvaluan

1,965

2,628

33.7



Note: People can choose to identify with more than one ethnic group, therefore figures may not sum to totals.

 



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