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
Filipino Waitaki Incorporated Filipino Community group in Waitaki region with the following goals: 1. Establish networking and supportive relationship with other agencies to further the objectives of the organization in providing support and assistance to its members in their integration to New Zealand society.... Otago Community Services 021 160 2368 View
NZ National Refugee Association NZNRA advocates for refugees through their individual and collective voices, engages with refugee support agencies, and works in collaboration to bring positive outcomes for refugees. NZNRA hosts regional forums for various refugee matters to strengthen relationships between service providers and refugee communities and facilitates better refugee resettlement outcomes.... Nationwide Community Services, Settlement, Migrants, Refugee 021 394 515 | 04 979 7262 View
Latin America New Zealand Business Council Young Professionals Network The LANZBC Young Professionals Network’s is open to students, graduates and young professionals between 18 and 35 who have a proven link or interest in Latin American business and/or culture and would like to deepen their business, language and cultural ties to Latin America.... Nationwide Business & Enterprise 020 4011 4340 View
Korean Community Wellness Society Inc. (KCWS) We are a group of New Zealand trained, qualified and registered health and allied health professionals of Korean descent, ranging from social workers, nurses, psychologists, counselors, and doctors as well as university students who are studying in these fields.... Auckland 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
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