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2013 Census ethnic group profiles:
Chinese
About the data

All information in this profile is based on the census usually resident population count from the 2013 Census of Population and Dwellings held on 5 March 2013.

This profile is about people who stated in the census that they identified with the Chinese ethnic group, either as their only ethnic group or as one of several ethnic groups.

The Chinese ethnic group includes Chinese not further defined, Hong Kong Chinese, Cambodian Chinese, Malaysian Chinese, Singaporean Chinese, Vietnamese Chinese, Taiwanese, and Chinese not elsewhere classified.

The total Asian ethnic group refers to all those who identified with at least one of the ethnicities we count in the Asian ethnic group. The Chinese ethnic group is part of the total Asian ethnic group.

The New Zealand population comprises the census usually resident population count, whether or not they specified an ethnicity.

For data quality purposes, information for small ethnic groups may be limited. The accuracy of percentages, medians, and averages may be affected by the random rounding of data, particularly for ethnic groups with small populations.

'Not elsewhere classified' and 'Not further defined' ethnic groups

Not elsewhere classified (nec) ethnic group category contains ethnicity responses that are infrequent or unanticipated. For example, Asian nec contains ethnic groups with small counts such as Bhutanese.

Not further defined (nfd) ethnic group category contains responses that are not specific ethnic group responses but are able to be placed in a broader category in the ethnicity classification. For example, Continental European is placed in the European nfd category and African is placed in the African nfd category..

Calculation of percentages

Unless otherwise stated, all percentages and ratios in this profile exclude responses that cannot be classified (eg 'not stated', 'response unidentifiable', 'response out of scope').

For regions, percentages exclude 'area outside region'.

Comparability with past census data

Because the 2011 Census was cancelled after the Canterbury earthquake on 22 February 2011, the gap between this census and the last one is seven years. The change in data between 2006 and 2013 may be greater than in the usual five-year gap between censuses. Be careful when comparing trends.

Differences with other census products

A profile exists for each of the ethnic groups that comprise at least 100 people. Note that this differs from similar census products:

  • NZ.Stat: Culture and identity – This module has information such as ethnic group, birthplace, iwi, languages spoken, and religion. Data is available for ethnic groups that comprise at least 3,000 people. For some tables, data is also available for ethnic groups that comprise at least 1,000 people.
  • QuickStats about culture and identity – This summary product provides an overview and Excel tables of the major ethnic groups New Zealanders identify with, the countries they were born in, the languages they speak, and the religions they affiliate with.
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