Friday, January 13, 2006

Multiethnic Multiplication

From The New Zealand Herald:

'Kiwi' a dinkum response for next Census

By Simon Collins

People who describe their ethnicity as "New Zealander" or "Kiwi" will have their answers recorded in the main Census for the first time this year.

Statistics New Zealand chief demographer Mansoor Khawaja says he is ready to bow to public opinion and stop classifying people who give these answers to the Census ethnicity question under the official category "New Zealand European".

The department has also abandoned a controversial system, used since 1986, of "prioritising" the ethnic origins of people with mixed ancestry.

People who tick both the "New Zealand European" and "Maori" boxes, for example, will now be counted as belonging to both groups, so the total of all ethnic groups will add up to more than 100 per cent of the population.


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