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
New Zealand Japan Society of Auckland Founded in 1960, the New Zealand Japan Society of Auckland Incorporated is managed by volunteers, and has as its primary goal "the promotion of good will and understanding betweent the people of New Zealand and Japan. " Auckland Arts & Culture 021 276 7687 View
New Zealand Korean School Trust Providing Korean language education to Korean kiwi children and local kiwis Wellington/Kapiti Education 021 136 3442 View
New Zealand Nepal Society Inc., Auckland The Society is a non-profit organization fully supported by the voluntary services of its members. The members of New Zealand Nepal Society (NZNS) live in different parts of New Zealand, mainly Auckland. Auckland Community Services 09 392 0029 View
New Zealand Sikh Women's Association Providing support to women and children within the South East Asian community since 2002 Auckland Women, Community Services 09 270 0798 View
New Zealand Newcomers Network Over recent years, New Zealand has become home to an increasingly diverse range of people and communities from different cultures. Many of these new settlers are migrants seeking new opportunities in New Zealand, while others are refugees who, for different reasons, are unable to remain in their homelands.... Nationwide Community Services 04 916 9177 View
North Shore Ahlulbayt Centre North Shore Ahlulbayt Centre was established to provide a venue for holding religious, social, and educational activities for all in general, and for residents in North Shore City in particular. Auckland Faith Group 09 478 2522 View
Northland Indian Association Inc. The Northland Indian Association (NIAI) was set up in 2008. Its aim is to promote Indian culture and well being in the Northland Indian community. Northland Community Services 021 999 484 View
Pearl of the Islands Foundation Incorporation Pearl of the Islands Foundation Inc. (PIF) is a non-profit charitable organisation established by mainly New Zealanders of Turkish descent in 2006. Auckland Community Services, Education, Arts & Culture, Migrant, Settlement 09 551 3733 View
Plains FM 96.9 Community access radio station delivering content made by, for and about Canterbury’s diverse communities. The facilities and support for local content delivery on air and online, training in community media, community noticeboard for not-for-profit events.... Canterbury Community Services 03 365 7997 View
Puketapapa Community Driving School PCDS aims to make driver training and license testing more accessible and affordable for youth, women and migrants. Auckland Community Services 022 473 0284 View
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