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
Chinese New Settlers Services Trust CNSST is a registered Charitable trust that offers culturally and linguistically appropriate services to both chinese New Settlers and the wider community. It aims to enable Chinese New Settlers to participate in and contribute to New Zealand Society. CNSST's services include social work, settlement support.... Auckland Community Services 09 570 1188 View
Confucius Institue at Auckland The Confucius Institute in Auckland is a public, non-profit organisation established by The University of Auckland, Fudan University of Shanghai and the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban). Auckland Education 09 373 7599 ext. 84493 View
Dante Alighieri Society - Auckland Società Dante Alighieri Auckland (Registered Charity No. CC43454) is a society for everyone who is interested in all things Italian. The society exists to promote Italian language and culture in Auckland, organizing regular social and cultural events, and running language classes for adults and children.... Auckland Arts & Culture 09 376 3853 View
Diversity Counselling New Zealand To provide professional counselling services to people who have their own unique backgrounds, such as cultures, ethnicities, genders, religions, and languages, in their own language. If it is not possible, a counsellor who is rather familiar with their backgrounds will provide this service.... Waikato Counselling Services 021 0262 5587 View
Dunedin Tamil Society The Dunedin Tamil Society is devoted to preserving and promoting the rich Tamil heritage and culture and to foster understanding, friendship, goodwill, appreciation and participation among people of Tamil origin and between various cross-sections of the people of Dunedin and the wider Otago region.... Otago Community Services, 021 124 2865 View
Ekta New Zealand Incorporated We are a Not for profit ethnic community organisation. Our purpose is to empower Indian diaspora and new migrants through knowledge and awareness and, facilitate better understanding between New Zealand residents and the Indian diaspora living and working in New Zealand.... Nationwide Community Services 021 131 7644 View
Ethnic Legal Services Ethnic Legal Services provides legal help and advice to vulnerable people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Our legal clinic provides free initial legal advice. To book an appointment call 0800 357 000. Auckland Legal 0800 357 000 View
Filipino News NZ Aotearoa's Filipino newspaper for the North Island since 2000. We cover articles about the pandemic, migrant settlement, immigration, health, safety, education, employment, Filipino politics and entertainment. We are the voice of the Filipino community. Nationwide Media 027 495 8477 View
Greek Orthodox Community of Wellington The Greek Orthodox Community of Wellington was formed with the aim to formalise the administration and continuance of the Greek language and religion for current and future generations of all Greeks in New Zealand. Wellington/Kapiti Community Services 04 939 1236 View
Gujarati Samaj New Zealand Inc The main purpose of Gujarati Samaj New Zealand is to promote Gujarati culture and language in the community and associate with wider communities in the Country of New Zealand to exchange the culture. Auckland Community Services 09 551 4519 View
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