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
Spanish Institute The Spanish Institute has been part of the Spanish and Latin American community of Auckland since 2001. Our mission is to promote the Spanish language and the Hispanic and Latin American cultures in New Zealand and make them accessible for New Zealand. Nationwide Community Services 021 461 551 View
Taiwan Hwa Hsia Society of New Zealand Introduction of Taiwanese Hwa Hsia Society of New Zealand In late 1980?s, the Government of New Zealand had changed its immigration policy. Thousands of Taiwanese left their home country and migrated to New Zealand. Auckland Business & Enterprise 09 276 4180 View
Tamashii Taiko Drummers Tamashii Taiko Drummers is a contemporary Japanese taiko drumming troupe based in Auckland, New Zealand. They are best known for their high-energy performances, and for mixing martial arts movements into their performing styles. Auckland Arts & Culture 021 238 5096 View
The Asian Network Incorporated (TANI) Supporting and working with all Asian communities for their better health and well-being. Also supports both Asian communities and healthcare and social service providers to connect and share information. Auckland Community Services 09 815 2338 View
The Indian Weekender New Zealand's largest Indian Community's media house (Print, web, social media) Auckland Media 09 217 3623 View
The Polish Association in Christchurch Inc The Polish Association in Christchurch is an incorporated non-profit organisation that has been founded primarily for the benefit of the Polish community living in the Canterbury area of New Zealand. Canterbury Community Services, Education, Arts & Culture 021 065 7306 View
The Women Entrepreneurship Centre (WEN Centre) Women Entrepreneurship Centre (WEC) is a not-for-profit organisation based in Auckland, New Zealand working towards empowerment of women through inspiring, educating and entrepreneurial leadership. Auckland Women, Community Services View
Viet NZ Community Trust VietNZ is a registered non-profit organization in New Zealand with the ultimate goal of preserving and developing the cultural identity of the Vietnamese community in New Zealand. Auckland Community Services 021 074 6258 View
Vietnamese Auckland Student Association We are a fun, friendly and open group based in Auckland, New Zealand. We have a common goal to explore the amazing Vietnamese Life and Culture. Auckland Community Services View
Waikato Ethnic Family Services Trust Waikato Ethnic Family Services Trust (WEFST) provide opportunities to assist all Ethnic people towards easier settlement and adaptation to the New Zealand way of life while retaining, nurturing and cultivating their traditions. Waikato Community Services 07 839 4688 View
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