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Ethnic composition, 1991–2006

Ethnic composition, 1991–2006

In the 15 years after 1991, the ethnic diversity of New Zealand increased considerably. People of Asian ethnicity increased three-and-a-half times in absolute numbers, from under 100,000 to over 350,000. Pacific people increased by almost two-thirds, to over a quarter of a million, and people who described their identity as Middle Eastern, Latin American or African increased to over 30,000. This graph charts the change. There was a striking increase in those who described themselves as 'New Zealander' in 2006, to over 11%, so this category is counted separately for that year. Despite the increasing ethnic diversity of the population, religious intolerance arguably diminished rather than grew during these years.

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Source: Statistics New Zealand.

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Paul Spoonley, 'Ethnic and religious intolerance - Anti-Asian politics', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/graph/28187/ethnic-composition-1991-2006 (accessed 27 June 2017)

Story by Paul Spoonley, published 5 May 2011