Aotearoa New Zealand's ethnic communities

Aotearoa New Zealand's ethnic communities include anyone who identifies their ethnicity as:

  • African
  • Asian
  • Continental European
  • Latin-American
  • Middle-Eastern.

Based on the 2018 Census, ethnic communities make up around a fifth of New Zealand’s population, almost a million people. This includes new and temporary migrants, former refugees, asylum-seekers, long-term settlers and those born in New Zealand.

They are an incredibly diverse group, representing over 200 ethnicities and speaking over 170 languages.

Ethnic communities Data Dashboard

You can find out more using the Ethnic Communities’ Data Dashboard. Created in partnership with Statistics New Zealand, it is an interactive tool that allows you access to information on ethnic communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. You can use it to create comprehensive information on ethnicity, religion, and language – at national and regional levels.

Image of the opening page for the Data Dashboard

Community Directory

Welcome to the Community Directory, a register of ethnic community organisations and support services.

If your organisation would like to be included in the directory, please email


Name Description Website Region Services Phone
Adhikaar Aotearoa Adhikaar Aotearoa is a charity that provides education, support and advocacy services for and on behalf of queer and trans people of colour, especially South Asians. Aotearoa. Nationwide Counselling Services, Migrant, Legal, Research, Mental Health, Health, Community Services, Education 022 307 9401 View
Afghan Association of New Zealand Inc The Afghan Association of New Zealand (Inc. ) was founded in 2000. The Afghan Association of New Zealand is the oldest and largest established organisation that represents the Afghan Diaspora of New Zealand. Auckland Youth, Community Services, Education 09 281 5720 View
Afghan Veterans Interpreters' Association of New Zealand Community organisation of Afghan interpreters who were resettled in New Zealand in 2013 Nationwide Community Services 021 775 718 View
Africa New Zealand Business Chamber Africa New Zealand Business Chamber (ANZBC) is a member-based organisation with the purpose of promoting and facilitating trade, services provision, investment, economic and cultural interaction between New Zealand and the 54 countries in Africa. Nationwide 020 4166 8041 View
African Communities Forum Incorporated (ACOFI) Our Vision: A dynamic fully integrated African Community that contributes to all sectors of New Zealand society. African Communities Forum Incorporated is registered under The Incorporated Societies Act 1908. We are a not for profit organization for all people of African... Auckland Community Services 021 145 1337 View
Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at New Zealand Inc. Service to Humanity, Moral & Spirirtual training Auckland Faith Group 09 267 0570 View
AKAL Foundation Our aims to identify and fund the delivery of high-impact solutions that can reduce social/ health inequities and give everyone the opportunity to live healthy, productive lives. Auckland Community Services 09 278 6062 View
Al-Ameen Islamic Development New Zealand Al-Ameen is a registered non-profit charitable trust established since 2016 to serve the various Muslim community in Wellington. The trust runs a successful Islamic centre that caters to religious, social and educational needs of our diverse and multi-ethnic community.... Wellington/Kapiti Women, Youth, Community Services, Education, Faith Group 027 459 2158 View
Andhra Pradesh Association of New Zealand Incorporated Andhra Pradesh Association New Zealand Incorporated established with the intention of serving as a common platform for people who are from Andhra Pradesh (State located in southern part of India) and other telugu speaking people to foster Andhra Culture, traditions, language by celebrating festivals, cultural events and other related events.... Auckland Arts & Culture 021 0273 4177 View
Anjuman-e-Saifee (New Zealand) Charitable Trust A trust to administer affairs of Dawoodi Bohra Jamaat of New Zealand. The Trust works towards preservation of cultural values, traditions, unique language ‘Lisan ud Dawaat’ and Arabic. With a primary focus on progression of faith for the members of the congregation.... Auckland 021 873 504 View
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