People of Asian origin — principally those from India and China — are the most discriminated against ethnic group in New Zealand.
A survey by UMR Research found that 75 percent of respondents named Asians as the most discriminated against group in the country. New Zealand Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres said, “Asians are now one of our four largest population groups, and one of the fastest growing. There are very few Asians on the boards of district health boards, not enough Asian teachers in our schools, not enough Asian local councilors or community board members and Asian migrants continue to face discrimination in applying for jobs.”
There are an estimated 354,000 Asians in New Zealand, of which 107,000 are Indian.