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Standards and further information

Percentage changes

Percentage movements are, in a number of cases, calculated using data of greater precision than published. This could result in slight variations.

Rounding procedures

On occasion, figures are rounded to the nearest thousand or some other convenient unit. This may result in a total disagreeing slightly with the total of the individual items as shown in tables. Where figures are rounded the unit is in general expressed in words below the table headings, but where space does not allow this the unit may be shown as (000) for thousands, etc.

All counts in this report have been randomly rounded to base 3 to protect the confidentiality of respondents. For this reason not all figures will sum to stated totals.

Ethnicity data

The ethnicity data used in this report has been sourced from Statistics New Zealand and from administrative data and survey data from government agencies. Statistics New Zealand’s data is grouped using a total count method where individuals are counted in each ethnic group they identify with. Ethnicity is self-perceived and people can belong to more than one ethnic group (with up to six ethnic responses counted in official collections).

Administrative data from agencies and some survey data may not use a total count method. Instead individuals are grouped according to a prioritised system. Prioritised ethnic groups involve each person being allocated to a single ethnic group, based on the ethnicities they have identified with, in the prioritised order of Māori, Pacific, Asian and European/Other. For example, if someone identifies as being Chinese and Māori, under the prioritised ethnic group method, they are classified as Māori for the purpose of analysis.

The way that the ethnicity data is prioritised means that the group of prioritised European/Other effectively refers to non-Māori, Non-Pacific, non-Asian people. The aim of prioritisation is to ensure that where some need exists to assign people to a single ethnic group, ethnic groups of policy importance, or of small size, are not swamped by the New Zealand European ethnic group.

Changes of base

Where consecutive figures have been compiled on different bases and are not strictly comparable, a footnote is added indicating the nature of the difference.


All data is compiled by Statistics New Zealand, except where otherwise stated. Both administrative and survey data has been used in this report.


While all care and diligence has been used in processing, analysing and extracting data and information in this report, Statistics New Zealand gives no warranty it is error free and will not be liable for any loss or damage suffered as a result of the use, directly or indirectly, of information in this report.

Statistics NZ has provided official statistics to inform analysis. Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs authors have provided commentary and liaised with other government agencies to produce the series.

Contact information

Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs
For further information or analysis on Pacific peoples in New Zealand contact the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs:
Phone Wellington: +64 4 474 4498
Phone Auckland: +64 9 262 1513
Phone Christchurch: +64 3 363 8015

Statistics New Zealand Information Centre
For further information on the statistics in this report, and for help finding and using statistical information available on our website, including Infoshare and Table Builder, contact the Information Centre:
Phone toll-free: 0508 525 525
Phone international: +64 4 931 4600
Fax: +64 4 931 4610
Post: P O Box 2922, Wellington 6140, New Zealand


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