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
Refugee Family Reunification Trust The Refugee Family Reunification Trust is a Charitable Trust incorporated under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957 and registered under the Charities Act 2005. We help refugees to pay for the costs of: Application fees charged by Immigration New Zealand Medical reports required by Immigration New Zealand... Wellington/Kapiti Charitable Services 04 475 7994 View
Religious Diversity Centre The Religious Diversity Centre is a national centre of educational and research excellence fostering an appreciation for and understanding of religious diversity amongst all New Zealanders. Nationwide Faith Group 07 837 9504
09 521 4367
027 432 7590
Rewi Alley Chinese School Trust We are the largest Chinese language school in the South Island, and one of the largest in New Zealand. We offer weekend Chinese language classes, from pre-school to level 13, as well as adult evening Chinese language classes, from beginner to advanced level and Business Chinese.... Canterbury Education 03 343 0136 View
Russian language school "Znanie" Russian school "Znanie" organises Russian language lessons for children of different age groups during the term times. Cultural performances and children's' plays are regular part of the school year. Waikato Education 021 177 9271 View
Settlement Centre Waikato Haere Mai, Welcome! The Settlement Centre Waikato (formerly Waikato Migrant Resource Centre) helps newcomers to find their way to a successful settlement in Hamilton and the Waikato area. Waikato Community Services 07 853 2192 View
Shakti Legal Advocacy and Family Social Services Inc. Shakti Youth is a group of young people from Asian, African and Middle Eastern backgrounds passionate about social justice and building towards a violence-free future. Auckland Youth 0800SHAKTI
0800 742 584
SHAMA Hamilton Ethnic Women's Centre SHAMA Hamilton Ethnic Women's Centre Trust is a vibrant social service agency providing support, advocacy and programmes in order to empower all ethnic women, their children, and their families. Skills based programmes: English language and conversation, IT and computers, gardening, cooking, and sewing classes.... Waikato Women, Community Services 07 843 3810
07 843 3811
Shanti Niwas Charitable Trust Culturally appropriate social support services for seniors of Indian and South Asian origin. Positive Ageing programmes, Elder Abuse and neglect support services (EARS PROVIDERS), Emergency housing for elderly, Visiting service, Advocacy and many more Auckland Community Services, Senior Citizens 09 622 1010 View
Southland Filipino Society Incorporated The organisations aim is to assist Filipinos in their settlement in Invercargill and Southland. The Filipino Community Centre of Southland provides services and information for Filipino migrants. Southland Community Services, Settlement 03 214 3454 View
Spanish and Latin American Club Wellington Inc (Club Latino) The Spanish and Latin American Club is a non-profit organisation established in 1963. Our mission is to promote the Spanish language and the Hispanic and Latin American cultures, foster diversity and strengthen the links between our peoples. We invite you to join us for enjoyable times together.... Wellington/Kapiti Community Services View
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