February 15, 2007

429429…

…is the number of people in NZ on March 7 2006
who wrote on their Census form
“New Zealander” in answer to the question,
“What is your ethnicity?”.

They opted not to tick one of the boxes (New Zealand European, Maori, Samoan, Cook Island Maori, Tongan, Niuean, Chinese, Indian), but instead wrote “New Zealander” under “Other”.

This is a good thing. It suggests a desire for unity, for the one-nation-ness that is central to our Treaty.

HOWEVER, it is a right royal pain to people like me
(and i also wonder if it downplays the two-peoples aspect of our Treaty)

When the debate around this erupted around Census time last year
I was thinking, “no please don’t”
because i knew it would make my job more difficult
(it’s all about me, of course!)

And now, here i sit,
trying to make sense of comparisons between numbers of people in our ethnic churches cf people in our non-ethnic/pakeha-dominant churches
when the “number” of europeans has apparently decreased between 2001 and 2006.

So, 429429 people,
if you could please advise whether you are Pakeha or not, that would be great.

Is it reasonable to assume that the people who indicated “New Zealander” on their forms are UNLIKELY to be in ethnic churches?

Arrgh.
Complex…

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 09:34 AM