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
Multicultural Council of Wellington The Multicultural Council of Wellington, formerly known as the "Ethnic Council of Wellington”, is an affiliate member of the New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Councils. We are a membership-based organization and we currently have more than 20 community organizations as members.... Wellington/Kapiti Community Services 021 258 5607 View
Multicultural Nelson Tasman Embrace and celebrate multiculturalism (Unity in Diversity) through multicultural events, intercultural awareness workshops, settlement support, speak out programme & research work. Nelson/Tasman Community Services, Arts & Culture, Migrant, Interpreting & Translation, Refugee, Research, Settlement 03 539 0030
021 165 1159
Multicultural Whangarei Incorporated Provide support to newcomers and celebrating cultural diversity in our community. Northland Community Services 09 430 0571 View
Nanaksar Thath Isher Darbar Auckland Faith Group 09 266 3590
09 268 9539
New Zealand China Friendship Society - Wairarapa Friendship with Chinese people within China and New Zealand. Sister City links with Changchun (Jilin province). International development and aid projects within China. Wairapapa Community Services 06 377 4683 View
New Zealand China Friendship Society - Wellington Wellington/Kapiti Community Services View
New Zealand Chinese Association The New Zealand Chinese Association is a national organisation established 80 years ago with 14 branches throughout New Zealand. It represents the interests of both long-established and new Chinese migrant groups. Nationwide Community Services 021 341 464 View
New Zealand Ethnic Women’s Trust NZ Ethnic Women's Trust (NZEWT) is an incorporated society with charitable status that has been operating since 2001. The group supports women of all ethnicities (predominantly from countries in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East), a high proportion of whom are from refugee backgrounds.... Auckland Migrant, Family 09 815 7373 View
New Zealand Filipino Santo Nino Devotees Trust Sinulog is the biggest gathering of Filipinos in New Zealand who flock to the celebration from all over the country to honour the miraculous Santo Niño, the Holy Child Jesus. Auckland Youth, Community Services, Charitable Services, Senior Citizens 027 487 5428
027 570 1139
New Zealand Indian Central Associations Inc New Zealand Indian Central Association (Inc. ) was formed in 1926 with three branches Auckland, Country Section (Taumarunui) and Wellington, where there was a sizeable population of Indians residing. Nationwide Community Services 022 399 0325 View
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