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Pacific research

Jaimee Raymond, Sarah Leo-Anderson, Auckland Unlimited
Auckland Unlimited
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  • Auckland is the largest Polynesian city in the world.
  • In 2018, almost two thirds (63.9%) of the total New Zealand Pacific population were based in Auckland (up 25.1% compared to 2013 NZ Census).
  • There are 243,966 Pacific people in Auckland (2018 NZ Census). This equates for 15.5% of the total Auckland population.
  • Over half (54%) of Pacific people reside in South Auckland, while 19% live in West Auckland, 18% in Central Auckland and small proportions in North (6%) and East (3%) Auckland.
  • The local board with the highest Pacific representation was Māngere-Ōtāhuhu (19%), followed by Ōtara-Papatoetoe (16%) and Manurewa (14%).
  • Overall prosperity is mostly low (South Auckland) and moderate (West Auckland) in local board areas with the highest population of Pacific people.
  • The largest group of Pacific people in Auckland were of Samoan descent (118,503), followed by Tongan (62,403) and Cook Island Māori (46,668).
  • The Pacific population in Auckland is relatively young.

Auckland Unlimited, June 2021