Lake Tekapo, Mackenzie Country,​ South Island

Connected Communities

The common saying is that there are 6 degrees of separation between people in the world. Well, in New Zealand, we say it's only 2,  which means that we feel incredibly connected to each other.

When New Zealanders travel, we nearly aways meet someone we know in the country we are in or travelling to. New Zealanders are known for our big OE (Overseas Experience). Almost all university and school leavers are encouraged to go on an overseas trip before settling down to a career. Our friendships are built in these travels and they last a lifetime. We do the same with business colleagues, and we become friends and trust one another to look after our business interest and our friends and families.

Ethnic diversity is increasing in New Zealand. According to Census results, our five largest ethnic groups are New Zealand European, Māori, Chinese, Samoan, and Indian. Our smallest ethnic groups include Greenlander, Sardinian, and Latin American Creole.

Some of the biggest increases since the 2006 Census came from groups within the broader Asian category, spearheaded by the Chinese, Indian, and Filipino ethnic groups. During the seven-year period between censuses, increases in these groups were:

Chinese – up 16 percent to 171,000 people

Indian – up 48 percent to 155,000

Filipino – more than doubled to 40,000.

“It’s interesting to note that there are more ethnicities in New Zealand than there are countries in the world. What that tells us is that New Zealand is a diverse place and getting more so all the time,”