NOW THERE ARE MORE ASIANS THAN PACIFIC ISLANDERS IN NEW ZEALAND

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (March 2, 2002 – The Dominion/PINA Nius Online)---Asians now outnumber immigrant Pacific Islanders in New Zealand, Wellington's The Dominion reported.

If their increase continues at the current rate, Asians also are likely to outnumber indigenous Maori within about 12 years, the newspaper added.

The Dominion said a Statistics New Zealand analysis from last year's census figures shows that nearly 240,000 New Zealanders -- one in 15 -- are of Asian ethnicity.

Just over 230,000 are of Pacific Island ethnicity, The Dominion said.

The count shows that Asian numbers rose by 141 percent since the 1991 census, while Pacific Islander numbers increased by 39 percent.

At the same time, people of European ethnicity declined from 83 percent of the total in 1991 to 80 percent in 2001, the newspaper said.

Maori make up the second biggest total -- 526,281.

If the increases continue at the present rate, in 10 years there will be 578,400 Asians and 636,800 Maori, it said.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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