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
New Zealand Indian Business Association Inc New Zealand Indian Business Association was established in 2019 and represents small and medium Indian businesses throughout New Zealand. The organisation has been growing since then as it provides a common platform to share ideas / experiences and skills.... Nationwide Business & Enterprise 021 156 4228 View
Aotearoa New Zealand Federation of Tamil Sangam Inc (ANTS). Aotearoa New Zealand Federation of Tamil Sangam Inc (ANTS) is committed to promoting the get-together and connectedness of Tamil Sangams/Societies and its members in New Zealand and between the various cross-sections of the people of New Zealand. Nationwide Education, Arts & Culture, Interpreting & Translation, Community Services 021 196 1967 View
Threading Whare Charitable Trust The Trust has set up a safe equipped craft workspace for recently arrived adult women refugees and migrants who already have a craft skill but lack space, equipment and materials to create. Otago Women, Migrant, Refugee, Arts & Culture, Community Services 021 102 6854 View
Migrants United Council Inc Migrants United Council Inc. is a young organisation with a unique vision of having a common platform for all migrants living in New Zealand.  Nationwide Youth, Community Services, Counselling Services, Migrant, Recreation, Legal, Media, Settlement, Arts & Culture 027 358 1156 View
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