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Page 7. Facts and figures

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Country of birth

The New Zealand census figures listed here show the number of residents born in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The numbers include Europeans born in these countries.

India

  • 1881 census: 1,112 (‘Europeans’: 1,106; ‘Asiatics’: 6)
  • 1901 census: 1,180 (‘Europeans’: 1,156; ‘Asiatics’: 24)
  • 1951 census: 3,838
  • 1976 census: 6,305
  • 2001 census: 20,892
  • 2006 census: 43,344
  • 2013 census: 67,176

Pakistan

  • 2006 census: 2,211
  • 2013 census: 2,850

Bangladesh

  • 2006 census: 1,437
  • 2013 census: 1,476

‘Race aliens’

Between 1916 and 1966 the New Zealand census provided figures on ‘race aliens’ who were defined as people ‘not of European descent’. The census figures listed show those described as ‘Indians’ or ‘Hindus’.

  • 1916 census: 181
  • 1936 census: 1,200
  • 1951 census: 2,425
  • 1966 census: 6,843

Ethnic identity

In the 2006 and 2013 censuses, people were asked to indicate the ethnic group or groups with which they identified. The numbers include those who indicated more than one group.

  • Indian: 97,443 (2006); 143,520 (2013)
  • Pakistani: 2,049 (2006); 3,261 (2013)
  • Bangladeshi: 1,491 (2006); 1,623 (2013)
  • Fijian Indian: 5,616 (2006); 10,929 (2013)
How to cite this page:

Nancy Swarbrick, 'Indians - Facts and figures', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/indians/page-7 (accessed 3 December 2020)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015