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Asian
  • The Asian ethnic group was New Zealand's fourth largest major ethnic group after European, Māori, and Other Ethnicity, totalling 354,552 people (9.2 percent) in 2006.
  • There was a high proportion of young adults in the Asian ethnic group, with 3 in 10 people (31.0 percent) aged between 15 and 29 years.
  • Two-thirds of people (66.1 percent or 234,222 people) who identified with one or more Asian ethnic group(s) usually lived in the Auckland Region.
  • Almost 1 in 5 people (18.9 percent or 234,222 people) in the Auckland Region identified with one or more Asian ethnic group(s), the highest proportion of all the regions.
Seven Largest Asian Ethnic Groups
2001–2006 Censuses  
Ethnic group 
 
2001 count 
 
2006 count 
 
Percentage change
2001–2006 
 
Chinese  105,057  147,570  40.5 
Indian  62,190  104,583  68.2
Korean  19,026  30,792  61.8 
Filipino  11,091  16,938  52.7 
Japanese  10,023  11,910  18.8 
Sri Lankan 7,011  8,310  18.5  
Cambodian   5,268 6,918  31.3  

Note: People can choose to identify with more than one ethnic group, therefore figures may not sum to totals.

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