Many Different People Living Together

People of many different nationalities live in Tasman, with one in five residents born outside of New Zealand. Since the first Māori arrived, Tasman has been settled by immigrants from different countries and cultures.

  • 3,441 Tasman residents identified themselves as Māori in the 2013 census.
  • 1 in 10 Tasman residents were born in Europe (including the United Kingdom and Ireland).
  • There are 48 different ethnicities living in the Tasman/Nelson region.

Reporting Racism

Racism is when someone is treated differently because of how they look, how they speak, or where they come from. Every member of our community is important and racism is not tolerated. 

If you experience racism, either as a witness or target, please report it using the Speak Out programme. You can make a confidential report by a toll free number or website:

Phone: 0508 773 256
Speak Out Nelson Tasman is an initiative of the Nelson Multicultural Council with the support of Tasman District Council, Nelson City Council, the Nelson Safer Community Council and the Human Rights Commission.