In the 22 years covered by this graph, there was a striking increase in New Zealand's ethnic diversity. The proportion of people who described themselves as of Asian ethnicity increased from 3% in 1991 to nearly 12% in 2013. Pacific people rose to 7.4%, as did people who described their identity as Middle Eastern, Latin American or African – 1.2% by 2013. The ethnic diversity of the population led social theorists and policy makers to concentrate their efforts upon improving the experience of the different ethnic groups, rather than focusing upon a class analysis of society.
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Source: Statistics New Zealand, 2013 Census