Between 1996 and 2013, all of the major ethnic groupings in Christchurch City increased as a proportion of the city's population, except for the 'European or Other' ethnic group. It is important to note that people can and do identify with more than one ethnic group- where this is the case they have been included in each ethnic population.
The 'European or Other' ethnic group is the largest in Christchurch City, with 85% of the population identifying with this ethnic group in 2013. As a proportion of the city's total population, this ethnic group is the only one that is projected to decrease as a proportion of the city's total by 2038 (77%).
The Asian ethnic group surpassed Maori in 2006 to become the second largest ethnic group in the city and in 2013 comprised 10% of the city's population. This group is projected to more than double between 2013 and 2038 (from 36,000 to 79,500); the largest numeric and percentage increase of all ethnic groups. The Asian ethnic group will make up 19% of the City's population in 2038.
Between 2013 and 2038, the Maori population is projected to increase by 22,500 to reach 54,000 (an increase of 71%). This group will make up 13% of the City's population in 2038, compared with 9% in 2013.
Between 2013 and 2038, the Pacific ethnic group is projected to double in number to reach 23,400. This group is projected to remain the smallest major ethnic group in Christchurch, comprising 5% of the City’s population (compared with 3% in 2013).