Ethnicity code tables

For the national collections.

Note that lists of level 3 and level 4 codes can be found in Ethnicity Data Protocols for the Health and Disability Sector.

For more information, read Reporting ethnicity to the national collections.

Level 1 ethnic codes
Ethnic Group code Ethnic Group code description
1 European
2 Maori
3 Pacific Peoples
4 Asian
5 Middle Eastern/Latin American/African
6 Other Ethnicity
9 Residual Categories
Level 2 ethnic codes
Ethnic Group code Ethnic Group code description
Ethnic Group priority
10 European not further defined
21
11 NZ European
22
12 Other European
20
21 NZ Maori
1
30 Pacific Island not further defined
9
31 Samoan
7
32 Cook Island Maori
6
33 Tongan
5
34 Niuean
4
35 Tokelauan
2
36 Fijian
3
37 Other Pacific Island
8
40 Asian not further defined
14
41 Southeast Asian
10
42 Chinese
12
43 Indian
11
44 Other Asian
13
51 Middle Eastern
17
52 Latin American / Hispanic
15
53 African
16
54 Other (retired on 1/07/2009)
19
61 Other ethnicity
18
94 Don't know
94
95 Refused to answer
95
97 Response unidentifiable
97
99 Not stated
99
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