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Asian people

Asian people are the New Zealanders who identify with or feel they belong to one or more Asian ethnicities. The largest ethnicity among Asian people is Chinese, followed by Indian, Korean, Filipino, Japanese, Sri Lankan, Cambodian and Thai.

Statistics about New Zealand's Asian population include detailed information about which ethnic groups they identify with, where they were born, age, sex, where they live, work and income, and access to amenities like the Internet.

The main ethnic groups described are Chinese, Indian, Korean, Filipino,  Japanese, Sri Lankan, Cambodian and Thai.

Population projections indicate likely changes to the Asian population in the future.

Latest releases

National Ethnic Population Projections
Subnational Ethnic Population Projections

Reports & articles

Looking Past the 20th Century - report
Children in New Zealand - growing ethnic diversity - report
Older People in New Zealand - Ethnicity - report
Women in New Zealand - ethnic diversity is growing - report
Census snapshot: cultural diversity - article
Ethnic differentials in induced abortions in New Zealand - article
Ethnic population projections: issues & trends - article

Related links

Related datasets

Census of Population & Dwellings
Population Estimates
Population Projections


Office of Ethnic Affairs
Te Ara: Encyclopedia of New Zealand