This page directs Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) that are currently living in New Zealand to a web-based survey.


Who can take this survey:

Anyone of Indian ethnicity or ancestry may take this survey if you meet all of the following requirements:
[ ] one or both of your parents are of Indian ethnicity or ancestry,
[ ] you are either a permanent resident or citizen of New Zealand, or have a temporary work or study permit,
[ ] you currently reside in New Zealand,
[ ] you are 15 years of age or older. If you are 14 yrs old or younger do not complete this survey.

Please DO NOT take this survey if you are:
1. NOT of Indian ethnicity or ancestry,
2. NOT currently residing in New Zealand,
3. 14 years old or younger.

You can take this survey regardless of where you were born, as long as you meet all of the requirements above.
If you have any questions about your eligibility to take the survey, please contact me by clicking here.

To go to the questionnaire, click on the link below:

Click Here to take survey
This questionnaire will take about 15-20 minutes to complete. It is completely anonymous and any information you provide is strictly confidential. You are not required to give your name, contact information, or any other details that may identify you. You do not have to complete this questionnaire if you do not wish to. In submitting this questionnaire however, you are giving your consent to allow the anonymous tabulated results of this study to become a part of the presented or published research.

READ THIS PLEASE: Having some difficulty completing the survey?

Some older computer browsers may have difficulty completing the survey. If so, make sure that you are using the latest version of your browser. Also, check your browser's settings and make sure that it is configured to enable Java Script. This should fix the problem. If, after enabling Java Script, you are still experiencing this problem, you can try completing the survey using another, newer, computer. Please let me know if you are experiencing any other problems by clicking here .

Want the paper version?

If you'd rather take this survey on a real piece of paper, you can click below to download the pdf version, and then you can print it out, take the survey, and then post it on to me at the address specified on the form. You can also use the pdf version to email it on to other family and friends that you think might like to take the survey.


Researcher: Todd Nachowitz, PhD. Religious Studies, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

Results from the 2006 New Zealand Census show that the Indian ethnic community is now the fastest growing Asian ethnic group in New Zealand. Yet given its rapidly increasing numbers and high profile, it remains one of the least studied of the many ethnic communities comprising a multicultural New Zealand.

This survey forms part of a larger PhD study encompassing diversity policy and the Indian diaspora in New Zealand. It will allow the researcher to describe the nature of the study community by providing statistics on its demography, use of language, and degree of acculturation. Results from this questionnaire will provide a necessary foundation for discussing issues of acculturation, religious diversity, discrimination, ethnicity and identity, and immigration policy that will be further explored in later formal interviews with key informants.

This questionnaire has undergone an extensive period of pre-testing that began in October 2008 and concluded in March 2009. As a result of the pre-test period, numerous changes were made based upon the high quality of the submissions received. This research has also gone through ethical review and has been approved by the University of Waikato's Human Research Ethics Committee in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Research outcomes will be presented at academic conferences both nationally and internationally, may be published as articles in academic journals, and will form the basis for the submitted PhD thesis at the University of Waikato. Submission of the final thesis is took place in July 2015. A downloadable pdf version of the complete thesis is available on-line from the University of Waikato's Research Commons at <>.

If you have any objections or complaints about the nature of this research or the questionnaire, you may contact the University of Waikato’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee (University of Waikato, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton 3240) or you can email its secretary by clicking here. If you have any comments or suggestions about this questionnaire please feel free to contact me by clicking here.
For more information on the research and its results, please do not hesitate to contact me by clicking here.

Many thanks for your help!

Page created: 14 October 2008.
Page last updated: 12 March 2016.