QuickStats About New Zealand's Population and Dwellings

  • 2006 Census results showed the ethnic make-up of New Zealand continued to change. More people identified with more than one ethnic group – 10.4 percent in 2006, compared with 9.0 percent in 2001.
  • The Māori ethnic group increased by 39,048 (7.4 percent) and now totals 565,329. One in seven people identified with the Māori ethnic group.
  • 'New Zealander' was a separate category for the first time in 2006, and was previously counted in the European category. Of those who identified themselves as New Zealander, 12.9 percent also identified with at least one other ethnic group.
  • New Zealander was the third-largest ethnic group, with 429,429 people or 11.1 percent of those who stated their ethnicity.
  • Asian ethnic groups grew the fastest, increasing from 238,176 in 2001 to reach 354,552 in 2006 (an increase of almost 50 percent). The number of people identifying with the Asian ethnic groups has doubled since 1996, when it was 173,502.
  • Those identifying with Pacific peoples ethnic groups had the second-largest increase from the 2001 Census, up 14.7 percent to total 265,974.
  • European remains the largest of the major ethnic groups, totalling 2,609,592 (67.6 percent) in 2006.

 Graph, Ethnic Group as a Percentage of the Total Population.

Note: 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.