Pasifika are a diverse population made up of ethnicities and cultures from many different Pacific Islands. The 8 main Pacific ethnic groups in Aotearoa make up 8% of the total population and include Samoan, Cook Islands Māori, Tongan, Niuean, Fijian, Tokelauan, Tuvaluan and Kiribati. It's important to acknowledge that, even though Pacific peoples are described as a group in this article, there's much cultural variation. Also, although people of Pacific Island origin are known by a number of collectives terms, some of which have been coined by the New Zealand government, the term Pasifika has been mainly used throughout this topic.
Two-thirds of Pasifika in New Zealand live in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland).
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