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Cultural diversity

Ethnic groups, birthplace and languages spoken

Ethnic groups

  • 67.6 percent of people in New Zealand belong to the European ethnic group.
  • Throughout New Zealand, 14.6 percent of people belong to the Māori ethnic group.
Ethnic Groups(1) in New Zealand
2006 Census
   New Zealand %
 European  2,609,592 67.6
 Māori  565,329 14.6
 Pacific Peoples  265,974 6.9
 Asian  354,552 9.2
 Middle Eastern, Latin American & African  34,743 0.9
 Other Ethnicity    
       New Zealander  429,429 11.1
       Other 'Other Ethnicity'  1,491 0.0
       Total, Other Ethnicity  430,881 11.2
 
(1) People can choose to identify with more than one ethnic group, therefore percentages do not add up to 100.

Birthplace

  • 22.9 percent of people in New Zealand were born overseas.
  • For people born overseas who are now living in New Zealand, the most common birthplace was England.
  • 1.6 percent of Māori in New Zealand were born overseas.

Languages spoken

Total population

  • Apart from English, the next most common language spoken in New Zealand is Māori, which is spoken by 4.1 percent of people.
  • 80.5 percent of people in New Zealand speak only one language.

Māori ethnic population

  • Apart from English, the next most common language spoken by Māori in New Zealand is Māori, which is spoken by 23.7 percent of Māori.
  • 73.4 percent of Māori in New Zealand speak only one language.

Notes: The Māori ethnic population is the count for people of the Māori ethnic group. It includes those people who stated Māori as being either their sole ethnic group or one of several ethnic groups.

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables and graphs.

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