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QuickStats About Culture and Identity


2006 Census  |  Ethnic groups in New Zealand  |  European  |  Māori  |  Asian  |  Pacific peoples  |  Other ethnic groups  |  Birthplace and people born overseas  |  Languages spoken  |  Religious affiliation  |  Tables  | 


Asian


  • The Asian ethnic group was New Zealand's fourth largest major ethnic group after European, Māori, and Other Ethnicity, totalling 354,552 people (9.2 percent) in 2006.
  • There was a high proportion of young adults in the Asian ethnic group, with 3 in 10 people (31.0 percent) aged between 15 and 29 years.
  • Two-thirds of people (66.1 percent or 234,222 people) who identified with one or more Asian ethnic group(s) usually lived in the Auckland Region.
  • Almost 1 in 5 people (18.9 percent or 234,222 people) in the Auckland Region identified with one or more Asian ethnic group(s), the highest proportion of all the regions.


Seven Largest Asian Ethnic Groups

2001–2006 Censuses

Ethnic group

2001 count

2006 count

Percentage change

2001–2006

Chinese

105,057

147,570

40.5

Indian

62,190

104,583

68.2

Korean

19,026

30,792

61.8

Filipino

11,091

16,938

52.7

Japanese

10,023

11,910

18.8

Sri Lankan

7,011

8,310

18.5

Cambodian

5,268

6,918

31.3

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

 



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