The Asia New Zealand Foundation has released a study into the increasing diversity of Auckland’s Asian population.

 anzf-logoReport author Wardlow Friesen said the findings were based on data from the latest census.

“At any one time the Asian population comprises a complex mix of New Zealand born, overseas born, citizens, permanent residents, temporary workers, students and tourists – all arriving for a variety of reasons and bringing with them a diverse range of demographic characteristics, skills and expectations.”

Director of research at the Asia New Zealand Foundation Andrew Butcher thought the diversity would take most Aucklanders by surprise.

“Aucklanders interact with Asian populations in food, in festivals, through friendship, and in all sorts of ways that people perhaps don’t always register.”

The report highlighted that more than 21 percent Asian people living in Auckland were New Zealand-born.

It also focused on significant clusters of Auckland’s Asian population – so called “ethnoburbs”.

“Significant clusters can be seen in the newly developed housing areas around Botany Downs and Dannemora, where three Census Area Units (CAUs), which may be approximated to suburbs, have between 60 and 80 percent of their populations classified as Asian.

“Throughout Auckland 15 CAUs have more than 50 percent Asian populations – in the southeast, in the central business district (CBD), in various parts of the Auckland isthmus and in central parts of the North Shore. “In some cases these concentrations are largely Chinese or Indian, but in others there is a considerable mixture of these and other groups.” The report said the number of areas with more than 50 percent of the population being of Asian origin had increased. The report said other major urban areas, like Wellington and Christchurch, would also attract significant numbers of Asian migrants, and the proportions of Asians have been increasing in many smaller centres.

To read the full report at the NZ Asia Foundation.