Asian Health Services
3 Mary Poynton Cres, Takapuna (North Shore office)Waitakere Hospital, 55-75 Lincoln Rd, Henderson (Waitakere office)
Ph: (09) 486 8314 | Extn: 42314Fax: (09) 486 8347
[Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS), 2014]
In 2013, in the Auckland Region:
23% of the population was Asian
1.9% of the population was Middle Eastern / Latin American / African (MELAA)
Of the 23% Asian population in the Auckland region, the five largest ethnic groups were:
Sri Lankan (6.7%)
The 1.9% MELAA population in Auckland were made up of:
Middle Eastern (51.5%)
Latin American (23.3%)
13.0% of the Asian population spoke no English in the Auckland Region (11.7% nationally) [Census 2013]. The top three languages spoken by the Asian population other than English were:
8.3% of the MELAA population spoke no English in the Auckland Region [Census 2013]. The top three languages spoken by the MELAA population other than English were:
The following graphs show the proportion of population by ethnicity who indicated they had "No English" in Census 2013, and a further breakdown for MELAA ethnic groups.
Between 2006 and 2013 in the Auckland Region the growth in Asian and MELAA populations were as follows:
Increased by 71,064 (31.2%)
75+ age bracket fastest growth
25-44 age bracket biggest growth in numbers
Increased by 6,006 (34.0%)
Overall, the proportion of the Auckland resident population born overseas is 39%. However, within this figure, there is substantial variation by both ethnic group and geography. The Level 1 ethnic groups with the highest proportion born overseas are Asian and MELAA at 78% each. Accordingly Asian and MELAA have higher proportions of those living in New Zealand less than 5 years at 22% and 25% respectively.
The population born overseas and living in New Zealand for less than five years has the highest concentration in the centre of the Auckland region. The areas with the highest proportion is Waitemata at 45%. The areas with the largest populations born overseas are Howick (61,700) and Henderson-Massey (35,800). Both these areas have well established migrant populations with 59% of those born overseas living in New Zealand 10 years or longer.
Definition of 'Asian'
The level 1 category ‘Asian’ refers to people with origins in the Asian continent, from China in the north to Indonesia in the south and from Afghanistan in the west to Japan in the east. This definition of ‘Asian’ excludes people originating from the Middle East, Central Asia (except Afghanistan) and Asian Russia
The ethnicity protocols subdivide the level 1 group ‘Asian’ into five level 2 categories: ‘Other Asian’, ‘Chinese’, ‘Indian’, South East Asian’ and ‘Asian Not Further Defined (NFD)’.
Definition of 'Ethnic'
The term 'ethnic', in the context of the mandate for the Office of Ethnic Communities, refers to any segment of the population within New Zealand society with cultural values, customs, beliefs, languages, traditions and characteristics that differ from the wider society. This includes people from New Zealand born and established communities, recent migrants and refugees and people with multiple ethnic identities
[‘Ethnic’ populations in New Zealand Office of Ethnic Communities, (2012)]
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