Representation of ethnic groups in government

The data in this indicator is no longer being updated.

Stats NZ is developing well-being indicators, Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand - Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa, to track New Zealand’s progress. As the well-being indicators have similar aims to the NZ Progress Indicators and NZ Social Indicators, we are reviewing the future of these existing indicators.

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Why is this important for social statistics?

For the government to represent the population, it’s important that people from different ethnic groups participate. 

Representative governments engage diverse communities, draw on the skills of the broadest group of people, and provide checks on the use of political power.

This indicator measures the proportion of elected members of parliament (MPs) who identify their ethnicity as Māori, Pacific, or Asian.

Downloadable file:

Excel icon. Representation of ethnic groups in government – table (Excel, 2 sheets, 12kb)

Includes breakdowns by ethnic group and election year.

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