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Defence Force personnel by gender and ethnicity, 2012

Defence Force personnel by gender and ethnicity, 2012

These graphs show New Zealand Defence Force personnel by gender and ethnicity at 1 January 2012. Not surprisingly, men hugely outnumber women in military (regular and reserve forces) roles – the gap is much smaller in the civilian employment category.

Europeans were the largest single ethnic group in all sectors of the Defence Force. Māori were well represented in the military compared to their proportion of the general population (14.6% in the 2006 census), though were under-represented in the air force. Pacific and Asian people were underrepresented in all categories.

Note: most responses in the 'other' ethnicity category were 'New Zealander' or 'Kiwi'.

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Jim Rolfe, 'Armed forces - Historical overview', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/graph/35716/defence-force-personnel-by-gender-and-ethnicity-2012 (accessed 31 March 2017)

Story by Jim Rolfe, published 20 Jun 2012