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Wellington City

Ethnic groups

In 2018, 74.1% of the population in Wellington City identified their ethnicity as European.

To get a more complete picture of Wellington City's cultural and ethnic characteristics Ethnicity data should be viewed in conjunction with Maori 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.

Q:

Derived from the Census question:

'Which ethnic group do you belong to?'.

Multi-response

Note: This page includes data from the 2018 Census. Between 2013 and 2018, the geographical classification was changed, and with it many boundaries were altered. As a result, you may see different small area options when comparing to pages that do not yet show 2018 data. Learn more.

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Ethnic groups
Wellington City20182013Change
Ethnic group - multi-responseNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2013 to 2018
European150,19874.174.6139,10772.873.2+11,091
Maori17,4098.614.314,4337.612.4+2,976
Pacific peoples10,3925.18.48,9284.77.7+1,464
Asian37,15818.312.928,54214.910.0+8,616
Middle Eastern/Latin American/African6,1353.01.94,4942.41.4+1,641
New Zealander2,3641.21.23,2431.71.7-879
Other ethnicity5280.30.21110.10.0+417
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: High
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
Ethnic groups - Totals
Wellington City20182013Change
Ethnic group - totals - multi-responseNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2013 to 2018
Not stated / included------8,8354.64.8-8,835
Total population202,737100.0100.0190,956100.0100.0+11,781
Total respondents202,737100.0100.0182,12195.495.2+20,616
Total responses224,184110.6113.6198,858104.1106.4+25,326
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: High
Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Please note that in the 2018 Census, where data are not provided, responses are sourced from administrative datasets, in line with the procedures developed by Statistics New Zealand to supplement the 2018 dataset. Due to this, there is no "Not Stated" category in 2018, and users should use caution when comparing to earlier Census years.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the ethnic population in Wellington City in 2018 compared to Wellington Region shows that there was a smaller proportion of people who identified themselves as European, a smaller proportion of people who identified themselves as Maori and a smaller proportion of people who identified themselves as Pacific Peoples.

Overall, 74.1% of the population identified themselves as European, 8.6% as Maori and 5.1% as Pacific Peoples, compared with 74.6%, 14.3% and 8.4% for Wellington Region respectively.

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

  • A larger percentage of responses to Asian ethnic group (18.3% compared to 12.9%)
  • A larger percentage of responses to Middle Eastern/Latin American/African ethnic group (3.0% compared to 1.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of responses to Maori ethnic group (8.6% compared to 14.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of responses to Pacific peoples ethnic group (5.1% compared to 8.4%)

Note: Percentages(%) are based on total population

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the ethnic group responses of population in this area between 2013 and 2018 were:

  • European (+11,091 responses)
  • Asian (+8,616 responses)
  • Maori (+2,976 responses)
  • Middle Eastern/Latin American/African (+1,641 responses)

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