Which ethnic group do we belong to?
Derived from the Census question, "Which ethnic group do you belong to?" This is a multi-response question.
The ethnic population refers to the ethnic group or groups that people in Pukekohe identify with or feel they belong to. Ethnicity is a measure of cultural affiliation, as opposed to race, ancestry, nationality, or citizenship. Ethnicity is self-perceived and people can affiliate with more than one ethnic group.
To get a more complete picture of Pukekohe's cultural and ethnic characteristics Ethnicity data should be viewed in conjunction with Maori Descent, Country of Birth, Languages Spoken and Religion data.
|Usual residence||number||%||Auckland %
|Middle Eastern/Latin American/African||54||0.2||1.5
|Other ethnicity (inc New Zealander)||2,754||10.5||8.1
|Not elsewhere included||1,524||
|Total responses (ex. Not elsewhere included)||28,893||110.4||110.4
This table is presented in line with StatsNZ protocol. The total used for percentages is 'Total people' excluding 'Not elsewhere included'.
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006.
Please refer to the specific data notes for more information.
This question asks the respondent to classify their ethnic group. It is subjective, and somewhat open to interpretation, particularly each person's understanding of the term "ethnicity". The 2006 Census asked people to consider an ethnic group as having:
- A shared culture, such as traditions, customs, beliefs or language
- A common ancestry or history
- A similar geographic, tribal or clan origin.
A total of 238 individual ethnicity responses are captured by the Census, but only the largest groups are shown in this topic in profile.id®.
'Not elsewhere included' includes the response 'Don’t know' as well as the non-responses 'Not Stated' and 'Unidentifiable'.
Note that ethnicity is a multiple response topic, so the total of all categories will be greater than the total population.
Analysis of the ethnic population in Pukekohe in 2006 compared to Auckland shows that there was a higher proportion of people who identified themselves as European and a lower proportion of people in who identified themselves as Maori or Pacific Peoples.
Overall, 72.8% of the population identified themselves as European and 4.5% as Maori or Pacific Peoples, compared with 56.5% and 14.4% for Auckland respectively.
The major differences between ethnic populations of Pukekohe and Auckland were:
- A larger percentage of European (72.8% compared to 56.5%);
- A larger percentage of Maori (15.3% compared to 11.1%);
- A smaller percentage of Asian (7.0% compared to 18.9%), and;
- A smaller percentage of Pacific peoples (4.5% compared to 14.4%).