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
NZ Middlemore Sangam Inc Charitable Organisation Auckland Women, Youth, Recreation, Sport, Interpreting & Translation, Senior Citizens, Health, Community Services, Arts & Culture, Disability & Special Needs 021 0272 4802 View
Kapiti Coast Multi-ethnic Council Trust (KCMC) Advocacy group for the inclusion of multi ethnic and multi racial communities Wellington/Kapiti Community Services, Business & Enterprise, Migrant, Legal, Refugee, Research, Settlement, Education 022 588 7688 View
Manawaka Ao Network Manawaka Ao Network's vision is to build the awareness, capacity and capability of women across ethnic communities of colour; strengthen our relationships with Tangata Whenua and collaborate on meaningful engagement across our communities. Auckland 021402109 or 0220432231 View
Nepalese Culture & Tourism Promotion Forum, New Zealand Incorporated "The Nepalese Culture and Tourism Promotion Forum, New Zealand Incorporated (hereafter referred to as the Forum) shall have the following charitable objectives: 1. To promote Nepalese cultural programs in New Zealand. 2. Nationwide Community Services 021 982 876 or 04 973 2876 View
New Zealand Muslim Association NZMA is the first and largest Muslim organisation in New Zealand. Muslims of New Zealand are diverse, comprising of over 40 ethnicities. NZMA is also the largest constituent of the national body for Muslims, the Federation of Islamic Associations of NZ (FIANZ).... Auckland Youth, Faith Group, Recreation, Sport, Senior Citizens, Health, Community Services, Arts & Culture, Technology, Mental Health, Women 020 463 3335 View
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