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The Wellington Region

Ethnic groups

In 2013, 73.2% of the population in the Wellington Region identified their ethnicity as European.

To get a more complete picture of the Wellington Region's cultural and ethnic characteristics Ethnicity data should be viewed in conjunction with Māori Descent, Birthplace, Year of Arrival, Language Spoken and Religion data.

Note: In the 2006 Census, the 'New Zealand' responses were classified under 'Other ethnicity', resulting in a noticeable difference between the 2006 and other census years. For more information, please refer to the Ethnicity page on the Stats NZ Census website.

Derived from the Census question:

'Which ethnic group do you belong to?'.

Multi-response

Total population

Ethnic groups
Wellington Region20132006Change
Ethnic group - multi-responseNumber% of total populationNorth Island %Number% of total populationNorth Island %2006 to 2013
European345,18373.265.6302,97367.561.2+42,210
Māori58,33512.415.955,43412.316.1+2,901
Pacific peoples36,1027.78.534,7527.78.1+1,350
Asian47,23510.012.936,4808.110.3+10,755
Middle Eastern/Latin American/African6,5761.41.25,3461.21.0+1,230
New Zealander7,9771.71.447,19610.59.7-39,219
Other ethnicity2250.00.01590.00.0+66

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Ethnic groups - Totals
Wellington Region20132006Change
Ethnic group - totals - multi-responseNumber% of total populationNorth Island %Number% of total populationNorth Island %2006 to 2013
Not stated / included22,7524.85.814,9223.34.6+7,830
Total population471,315100.0100.0448,959100.0100.0+22,356
Total respondents448,56395.294.2434,03796.795.4+14,526
Total responses501,633106.4105.6482,340107.4106.3+19,293

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Ethnic groups, 2013
Ethnic groups, 2013 European, North Island: 65.6% Māori, North Island: 15.9% Pacific peoples, North Island: 8.5% Asian, North Island: 12.9% Middle Eastern/Latin American/African, North Island: 1.2% New Zealander, North Island: 1.4% Other ethnicity, North Island: 0.0% European, Wellington Region: 73.2% Māori, Wellington Region: 12.4% Pacific peoples, Wellington Region: 7.7% Asian, Wellington Region: 10.0% Middle Eastern/Latin American/African, Wellington Region: 1.4% New Zealander, Wellington Region: 1.7% Other ethnicity, Wellington Region: 0.0%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in ethnic groups, 2006 to 2013
Change in ethnic groups, 2006 to 2013 European, Wellington Region: +42,210 Māori, Wellington Region: +2,901 Asian, Wellington Region: +10,755 Pacific peoples, Wellington Region: +1,350 New Zealander, Wellington Region: -39,219 Middle Eastern/Latin American/African, Wellington Region: +1,230 Other ethnicity, Wellington Region: +66
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the ethnic population in the Wellington Region in 2013 compared to the North Island shows that there was a larger proportion of people who identified themselves as European, a smaller proportion of people who identified themselves as Māori and a smaller proportion of people who identified themselves as Pacific Peoples.

Overall, 73.2% of the population identified themselves as European, 12.4% as Māori and 7.7% as Pacific Peoples, compared with 65.6%, 15.9% and 8.5% for the North Island respectively.

The major differences between the ethnic groups responses of the population in the Wellington Region and the North Island were:

  • A larger percentage of responses to European ethnic group (73.2% compared to 65.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of responses to Māori ethnic group (12.4% compared to 15.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of responses to Asian ethnic group (10.0% compared to 12.9%)

Note: Percentages(%) are based on total population

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the ethnic group responses of population in this area between 2006 and 2013 were:

  • European (+42,210 responses)
  • New Zealander (-39,219 responses)
  • Asian (+10,755 responses)
  • Māori (+2,901 responses)

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