- The European ethnic group was the largest of the major ethnic groupings, totalling 2,609,592 people (67.6 percent of the population) in 2006.
- New Zealand European was the country's largest individual ethnic group, with 2,381,076 people identifying with this group. The number and proportion of people identifying with this group decreased since the 2001 Census, largely because of the introduction of the New Zealander category in 2006. (New Zealander responses, which totalled 429,429 in 2006, were previously counted in the New Zealand European category.)
|Five Largest European Ethnic Groups |
||Percentage change |
|New Zealand European(1)
|1. In 2001, and previous censuses, New Zealander was counted in the New Zealand European category. The 2001 Census data for New Zealand European therefore includes approximately 80,000 New Zealander responses. New Zealander was a separate category for the first time in the 2006 Census, and forms part of the Other Ethnicity category. |
Note: People can choose to identify with more than one ethnic group, therefore figures may not sum to totals.