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Overall, Inland Revenue’s employee ethnicity closely reflects the ethnicity breakdown in New Zealand. New Zealand working-age population* 14.9% Māori, 6.5% Pacific peoples.

Representation for Asian, MELAA and Pacific peoples at Inland Revenue is higher than in the New Zealand working population, but lower for European, Māori and other ethnicities. However, the diversity is concentrated within our front-line roles and lower paid roles. In our higher paid, more senior or influential roles there is less diverse representation.

Over the past year, our representation for all non-European groups has increased. Over the past 5 years, representation has been stable for most non-European groups, with increased representation of Asian people and a slight increase in the representation of Pacific peoples.

IR representation compared with New Zealand population
Ethnicity IR NZ Population
Asian 21.1% 15.1%
European 62.9% 70.2%
Māori 12.4% 16.5%
MELAA 3.0% 1.5%
Pacific Peoples 9.2% 8.1%
Other ethnicities 0.7% 1.2%


Ethnicity representation by organisation level position
Ethnicity Senior Management Management Team Leader Staff
European 93% 88% 76% 61%
Asian 4% 6% 9% 23%
Māori 11% 9% 14% 12%
Pacific Peoples 4% 4% 10% 9%
MELAA 0% 2% 2% 3%
Other Ethnicities 0% 3% 1% 1%

European representation increases as the organisation level increases.

Note: ethnicity totals equal more than 100% due to individuals declaring multiple ethnicities.

*Population data from Statistics NZ, Census 2018

Last updated: 04 Jan 2024
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