11 Feb 2012

Asian New Zealanders 'most discriminated against'

3:55 pm on 11 February 2012

A survey on race relations has found for the 10th consecutive year that people perceive Asian New Zealanders as the most discriminated against ethnic group.

The survey by UMR Research of 750 people was carried out between 25 and 29 November last year and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6%.

Three-quarters of the respondents considered Asians to suffer unfair prejudice - that figure has remain relatively unchanged for the past five years.

Human Rights Commissioner Joris de Bres says in the 1970s and 80s Pacific Islanders were more discriminated against, but this changed as the community became more established.

Mr de Bres says he hopes people's attitudes toward Asian New Zealanders will also change over with time.

Most acts of violence against Asians take place in the South Island, he says.