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
Auckland Tibetan Association Community involvement for the Auckland Tibetan community Auckland Community Services 09 483 6066 View
Auckland Welsh Club Inc All persons of Welsh descent or birth, or any persons interested in all things Welsh, shall be eligible for membership of the Auckland Welsh Club. Auckland Arts & Culture 09 524 7767 View
Azerbaijan - New Zealand Friendship Society The Azerbaijan-New Zealand Friendship Society has had years of experience working with Azerbaijan. Auckland Community Services 027 656 1900 View
Baha'i Faith New Zealand Auckland Faith Group 09 522 4123
0800 224 247
Belong Aotearoa (Formerly known as Auckland Regional Migrant Services) Belong Aotearoa (Formerly known as ARMS) is a specialist settlement agency that focuses on addressing the root and systemic causes of “pain points” and barriers to successful settlement and integration for newcomers. Auckland Community Services 09 625 2440 View
Between the Waters' Polish Legacy in NZ Charitable Trust Our objectives are to advocate & support any interest in heritage of Polish Settlers in NZ; To promote & encourage an understanding and acceptance of Polish heritage as a part of New Zealand Canterbury Education, Arts & Culture 027 497 2522 View
Brasileirinho NZ Brasileirinho NZ is a non for profit community group, that aims to maintain and promote the Brazilian culture and language (Portuguese) in New Zealand. Auckland Women, Youth, Community Services, Education, Arts & Culture, Migrant, Recreation, Sport View
Bulwagan Foundation Trust Bulwagan is a not-for-profit organisation. Everything we do is for the benefit of the community. The Trust organises two major festival annually - The Philippine Festival and Pasko - A Filipino Christmas Festival. Wellington/Kapiti Community Services 027 349 9596 View
ChangeMakers Resettlement Forum ChangeMakers Resettlement Forum is a rights-based, non-government organisation (NGO) representing 14 refugee-background communities in Wellington, New Zealand. We work towards our vision of New Zealanders from refugee backgrounds participate fully in New Zealand life through community development, research and advocacy.... Wellington/Kapiti Community Services 04 801 5812 View
Chao Shan General Association of New Zealand Chao Shan General Association of New Zealand (CSGANZ) was officially founded in 2014. It focuses on serving the Teochew community in New Zealand. Auckland Community Services 09 636 8888
021 388 516
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