NZ by ethnicity

December 11th, 2013 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

The top 10 ethnicities in the are:

  1. NZ European 68.0%
  2. Maori 14.9%
  3. Chinese 4.1%
  4. Samoan 3.6%
  5. Indian 3.6%
  6. New Zealander 1.6%
  7. Cook Islands Maori 1.5%
  8. Tongan 1.5%
  9. Filipino 1.0%
  10. English 1.0%

If one groups together you have (approx) for the four main ethnic groups:

  1. NZ European/NZer 69.6%
  2. Maori 14.9%
  3. Asian 11.4%
  4. Pacific 8.3%
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42 Responses to “NZ by ethnicity”

  1. dime (10,100 comments) says:

    I didn’t think Maori would be that high.

    I thought Pacific would be higher.. then again i live in Auckland

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  2. James Stephenson (2,223 comments) says:

    I’m a 1%er after all.

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  3. Longknives (4,868 comments) says:

    “I didn’t think Maori would be that high.”

    Dime- The ‘incentive’ of the DPB! Young Maori just can’t breed fast enough…

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  4. wikiriwhis business (4,116 comments) says:

    ‘“I didn’t think Maori would be that high.”

    Dime- The ‘incentive’ of the DPB! Young Maori just can’t breed fast enough…’

    Pffff If that was true there would have been a population explosion from the 70’s.

    Wacko’s.

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  5. Sequel (14 comments) says:

    Can anyone refresh my memory – did the question say you had to choose one ethnicity or were you able to choose multiple ethnicities? If it’s multiple ones, then the stats are meaningless if we’re trying to say ‘68% of New Zealanders are European’. If everyone who ticked ‘Maori’ and ‘something else’ was counted as Maori than again it’s meaningless.

    Answers?

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  6. BeaB (2,144 comments) says:

    We’re being overrun!

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  7. user_login (1 comment) says:

    did someone else add up the numbers too? It’s more than 100%….

    who’s a “New Zealander” anyway?

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  8. Mobile Michael (463 comments) says:

    Entered: Other, human family.

    We are more alike, than different.

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  9. davidp (3,587 comments) says:

    I find the whole census question to be really strange. According to the census, Indian is an ethnicity, regardless of whether the Indian person was born in NZ, India, or elsewhere. But there is a difference between NZ Europeans and Europeans born elsewhere. And we’ve divided up various Polynesian and Melanesian ethnicities in to country of birth, even when some of these have a population of just a few thousand people, but 500 million Europeans are lumped together… Greeks, Irish, Scandanavians, and Portugese.

    There is nothing consistent about the classifications of ethnicity. I suspect the results are close to meaningless, and I’m not sure why the government wants to collect this information.

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  10. Andrew (85 comments) says:

    Interesting wee facts – Stats NZ consider Fijian Indian to be Asian, and Fijian to be Pacific. Australian Aboriginal is also considered Pacific.

    The proportion of Maori will probably keep increasing because there is a large cohort of young Maori coming through.

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  11. greenjacket (482 comments) says:

    I am absolutely astounded that 68% of people in NZ are Europeans. Must be a lot of EU passport holders.
    And 15% are Maori – despite since 1840 having a very high level of intermarriage, there are no part European/Maori people. Amazing.

    I am one of the 1.6% of people living in NZ who are New Zealanders. Curious – I would have thought there were about 4 million of us living in this country.

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  12. Nostradamus (3,433 comments) says:

    Sequel:

    Can anyone refresh my memory – did the question say you had to choose one ethnicity or were you able to choose multiple ethnicities? If it’s multiple ones, then the stats are meaningless if we’re trying to say ’68% of New Zealanders are European’. If everyone who ticked ‘Maori’ and ‘something else’ was counted as Maori than again it’s meaningless.

    The answer to your question is that people could choose multiple ethnicities. The census form is here:

    Which ethnic group do you belong to?

    Mark the space or spaces which apply to you.

    New Zealand European
    Mäori
    Samoan
    Cook Island Maori
    Tongan
    Niuean
    Chinese
    Indian
    other such as DUTCH, JAPANESE, TOKELAUAN. Please state

    I’d be interested to know how the census results were analysed as well.

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  13. wiseowl (930 comments) says:

    Yahoo! I am one of the 1.6% as well.

    There should never be less than 80% New Zealanders in the makeup. We are already in trouble with excess immigrants.

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  14. hj (7,063 comments) says:

    “A quarter of the population is overseas-born
    The percentage of the usually resident population who were born overseas increased. In 2013, 25.2 percent of people were born overseas, compared with 22.9 percent in 2006.
    The percentage of overseas-born people living in New Zealand who were born in Asia has been increasing, rising to 31.6 percent in 2013. Asia is now the most common region of birth for the overseas-born.”

    http://www.stats.govt.nz/Census/2013-census/profile-and-summary-reports/quickstats-about-national-highlights/cultural-diversity.aspx
    …………………….
    But they have no effect on house prices, despite 30% Epsom voters being Asian.

    The researchers then looked at the source of population growth in a region – new migrants, internal migration from elsewhere in New Zealand, returning expatriates or the existing population.

    “Although immigration flows were an important contributor to population change, no evidence was found that the inflow of immigrants had an impact on house prices,” the Labour Department said.

    “Local house price increases were more associated with the location that New Zealanders returning from abroad settled in than where new migrants lived.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10747202
    What is important is what percentage of the population increase is from off shore given strained infrastructure.

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  15. Tautaioleua (313 comments) says:

    I heard somewhere that more than half of Maori are of European heritage too. So wouldn’t they tick both boxes?

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  16. hj (7,063 comments) says:

    80% of our population growth in the last couple of decades has been the net inflow of non NZ citizens .
    http://www.treasury.govt.nz/downloads/pdfs/mi-jarrett-comm.pdf

    Saiz (2003b)
    estimated a similar sized effect when he conducted a broader examination of
    the effect of inward foreign migration on United States cities in the 1970s,
    1980s, and 1990s.To identify migrations that were exogenous to the state of
    a city’s economy, he used the fact that foreign migrants of a particular na-
    tionality tend to migrate to locations where people of that nationality already
    live, rather than to random locations. Thus an increase in migration from a
    particular foreign country generates a migration impulse that has little to do
    with the current state of the destination city’s economy.
    He found the overall
    effect of an immigration inflow of 1 percent of the initial population raises
    rents and prices by 0.8-1.6 percent. This effect is also substantially smaller
    than the crude estimate of 7.8 percent for New Zealand noted above.
    There are three main explanations why migration flows might be associated
    with a much larger effect on house prices in the short and medium terms than
    in the long term. First, there may be a genuine housing shortage in the short
    term as the construction sector takes time to build suitable accommodation.
    This is more likely to be the case if migrants are wealthier than the host
    population, because then they purchase high quality properties that are in
    inelastic supply or take a long time to build.3
    [Migrants to the United States are typically poorer than the host population, and are
    probably renting or purchasing lower quality housing. This is not the case in New
    Zealand. It is noteworthy that house prices in Vancouver and Toronto (but not other
    Canadian cities) increased rapidly after large scale migration from Hong Kong occurred
    (see Ley and Tutchener, 2001).
    ]

    http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/research/discusspapers/
    Housing Markets and Migration in New Zealand,
    1962-2006∗
    Andrew Colemana and John Landon-Laneb†

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  17. Pete George (23,683 comments) says:

    Odd that New Zealander is only 1.6% but i think this will increase substantially in the future as more of us with no European empathy want our own identity/ethnicity.

    There’s a huge variety of ethnicities in Europe (across 50 countries) but none are Kiwi.

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  18. Nostradamus (3,433 comments) says:

    hj:

    This is a thread about ethnicity – not about house prices.

    So, in terms of the hj drinking game, as initially proposed by Wat Dabney, and incorporating my suggested modifications (mandatory drink each time you pop up on a thread to make an irrelevant reference to a Savings Working Group report or house prices), it’s bottoms-up!

    *Hic!*

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  19. Inky_the_Red (761 comments) says:

    You cannot add the ethnicity numbers as people can have more than one. It is very likely that most of the people who wrote New Zealander also ticked either NZ European or Maori.

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  20. Andrew (85 comments) says:

    If ur part of the 1.6% you just get grouped with NZ Euro anyway, based on Stats NZ recommendations.

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  21. Andrew (85 comments) says:

    @Inky – pretty sure DPF is aware of that.

    Those who tick NZer are not likely to tick NZ Euro or Maori.

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  22. Simon (761 comments) says:

    NZ by ethnicity. So what unless you are planning to organise the country around ethnicity. Statist wankfest.

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  23. edhunter (552 comments) says:

    In Australia you’re not asked if your an Australian European, neither are you asked that question in the USA. By birth I not entitled to any other passport other than a NZ passport.
    I’m not a NZ Euro, I’m not a fucking Pakeha, I am a New Zealander, a fucking Kiwi & proud of it.

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  24. Andrew (85 comments) says:

    @edhunter – sorry but quite often you’d still be grouped with NZ Euro/Pakeha.

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  25. Johnboy (16,994 comments) says:

    I have always called myself a New Zealander as I was born here and refuse to play the governments childish ethnic game.

    This census (that was the first in the last three that I have filled in) I was also a Wiccan. I smoked and earned a third of what I do.

    I suggest that when Bill abolishes the Commerce Commission for fucking Chorus he should carry on saving the Mum & Dad taxpayers a packet by getting rid of the Statistics Department.

    Shit in. Shit out! :)

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  26. wiseowl (930 comments) says:

    Yup Ed I’m a fuckin kiwi and proud of it too.

    All kiwis stand up demand we be New Zealanders first and foremost not some other bloody mix to suit the suits.Heh.

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  27. Steve (North Shore) (4,587 comments) says:

    14.9% are Moari, but they are only 1/64 or less Moari.
    Milky bars I call them. What about the other 63 parts?

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  28. Shazzadude (531 comments) says:

    “Odd that New Zealander is only 1.6% but i think this will increase substantially in the future as more of us with no European empathy want our own identity/ethnicity.

    There’s a huge variety of ethnicities in Europe (across 50 countries) but none are Kiwi.”

    I guess what that stat shows is the overwhelming majority of European/Pakeha are smart enough to know the difference between ethnicity and nationality.

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  29. Shazzadude (531 comments) says:

    “In Australia you’re not asked if your an Australian European, neither are you asked that question in the USA. By birth I not entitled to any other passport other than a NZ passport.”

    In Australia, if you identify yourself as an “Aussie”, it’s broadly interpreted that you’re an Australian-born Caucasian, and even excludes Aboriginals. Not the best example. Ths US meanwhile uses “white” and “non-Latino white” with are strong indicators of ethnicity, rather than simply American.

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  30. Andrew (85 comments) says:

    “I guess what that stat shows is the overwhelming majority of European/Pakeha are smart enough to know the difference between ethnicity and nationality.”

    Nice. Wish I could have ‘liked’ this more than once.

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  31. Pete George (23,683 comments) says:

    There is no European/Pakeha ethnicity nor nationality.

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  32. freemark (615 comments) says:

    I wish there was a question asking if you were Watermelon. It would then be easier to deport them to where they would be happier…

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  33. Andrew (85 comments) says:

    @Pete – In NZ ethnicity is determined through self-identification. So in NZ, I’d argue there is such an ethnicity. You may use a different definition to Stats NZ perhaps?

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  34. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    @ Johnboy

    Getting rid of the statistic department would be a huge mistake. Maybe the questions they ask need fine tuning, but surely you can understand the need to count the flock, so you know how many shearers you’re going to need?

    Statistics are not just about being nosey, they actually provide excellent data that enable us to work out what the countries future requirements will be – and for government to respond accordingly.

    Having said that, I’m not quite sure where religion fits in now. In the past it played a major role, but with so many non-believers in the community, its importance has been limited.

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  35. hj (7,063 comments) says:

    Ethnicity comes with culture; multiculturalism is progressive policy; population increase is government policy; a less homogenous Aotearoa/NZ is government policy.

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  36. Mark1 (91 comments) says:

    I agree with DavidP. There are about 50 countries in Europe made up of millions of people yet lumped together in our census as “European” whereas every two bit atoll in the Pacific with a population of 12 people is accorded their own ethnicity.

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  37. Rightandleft (670 comments) says:

    The way the census defines ethnicity makes it difficult for an American born White person like me to decide what to put on it. I don’t view American as an ethnicity but as a nationality. I’m not the same ethnicity as a Black or Asian American. I’m of European descent, but separated from any actual European ancestors by 100-350 years. The fact that NZ European is a separate category to European makes me think that I don’t really identify as European either since that category is surely for people with a much closer connection to the continent than I. So I tick NZ European since when it comes to bi-culturalism or Treaty issues that’s the group I most identify with. Then I tick Other and write in American European as a second ethnicity. I have Canadian friends who have the same issue as they don’t consider Canadian an ethnicity either.

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  38. backster (2,184 comments) says:

    Is the definition as to what is an Indian or Chinaman the same as that for a Maori…ie one ancestor however distant.

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  39. Andrew (85 comments) says:

    @Rightandleft – You’re pretty much doing exactly as Stats NZ expect. White or European Americans have their own classification under the coding scheme. For larger grouping purposes, White American gets grouped with ‘Other European’.

    Stats NZ allow multiple responses because it’s entirely possible that people, like yourself, can identify with more than one group.

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  40. Left Right and Centre (2,994 comments) says:

    I’m trying to be good today with the diet and you’re typing about milky bars. You sick fuck. :)

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  41. Left Right and Centre (2,994 comments) says:

    NZ by cultural mentality…..

    85% kiwi New Zealander mindset or close enough that you’d count the bastards for trying, even if they suck at being kiwi-esque.

    15% fuckwits that can’t speak enough English to order a burger at BK, regardless of year / decade of arrival. People who threw a dartboard at shaded areas of a map to pick a new home. They applied to everyone but it was good old NZ that sucked them up like a vacuum cleaner choking the life out of itself with dirt.

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  42. Left Right and Centre (2,994 comments) says:

    Threw a dartboard at a map ? You mean… threw a dart dipshit

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