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
Hearts & Minds Wellness in mind, body and spirit starts with a strong community and a sense of belonging. Hearts & Minds is a primary mental health provider / community development organisation with a focus on mental wellbeing, community wellbeing and diversity. Auckland Community Services 09 441 8989 View
Korean Education Centre in New Zealand The Korean Educations Centre is a non-profit organization representing the Korean Ministry of Education and is affiliated with the Consulate of the Republic of Korea in Auckland. Established in 2012, the Centre's main goal is to promote Korean language and culture across New Zealand.... Auckland Education 09 303 2625 View
Korean Society of Christchurch Korean Society represents Korean immigrants/students/tourists and non-Korean locals interested in Korean culture. New Zealand is a nation built upon its multicultural heritage and various ethnic groups add diversity to this country. Canterbury Arts & Culture, Social Welfare, Sports 03 354 6966 View
Malawi Association of New Zealand Incorporated Auckland Arts & Culture 09 533 1065 View
Marlborough Migrant Centre The Marlborough Migrant Centre is a not-for-profit community organisation supporting migrants and newcomers, and the wider local community. Our vision is to ensure Marlborough is a place where both migrants and local people can celebrate their diversity in a welcoming, safe environment.... Nelson/Tasman Community Services 03 579 6410 View
Mata of Hope NZ Mata Of Hope supports New Zealand Children and families of African heritage in ways that are culturally sympathetic, support healthy safe homes and the development of positive social connections. Nationwide Community Services 020 4141 4730 View
Mid Canterbury Newcomers Network The Mid Canterbury Newcomers Network was established as a way of connecting new residents with other people in our community. We hold regular events such as settling in meetings, cooking classes and chat groups. Anybody is welcome to start up an interest group or a discussion topic.... Canterbury Community Services 03 308 1395 View
Migrant Action Trust The Migrant Action Trust (MAT) helps migrants and refugees to settle in New Zealand. We offer support from the moment migrants arrive, and continue to help them become fully integrated into New Zealand society. Auckland Community Services 09 629 3500 View
Migrant News Aotearoa Aotearoa's only multicultural newspaper since 1991. We cover articles about the Treaty, the pandemic, migrant settlement, immigration, health, safety, education and employment. We are the voice of the broader migrant community. Nationwide Media 027 495 8477 View
Migrante An organisation of migrant Filipino workers and their families in New Zealand. Auckland Community Services 09 827 6059 View
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