Finally the stats dept has recognised that some of us really only want to be known as New Zealanders. Public Address | Yellow Peril makes some bold & patronising statements that imply those of us wanting to describe ourselves as New Zealanders rather than European interlopers as being basically exclusionary racists.
Ethnic identity is self-defined...
..ticking no boxes and writing in 'Kiwi' would be, for a non-Pakeha person, a denial of their actual ethnic heritage. I think that for a Pakeha, the same choice is a denial of the Anglo-Celtic-Euro-settler part of what comprises their kiwi-Pakeha 'ethnicity'. It also seems a belief that 'Kiwi' is a universal ethnicity, and that anyone can be a 'Kiwi'
Anyone can be a Kiwi. It depends on attitude. Which rugby team do you support. The All Blacks or a team from another country. My children are very definitely New Zealand-Hungarian. That defines their heritage.
For me to call myself Welsh-Scot-English-German-Australian-French would as Tze Ming points out, stupid. So I am a New Zealander, back six generations. And only on reading Tze Ming did it occur to me that people might think there was something wrong or exclusive defining oneself as a New Zealander. It is my heritage, it defines my values and it is my childrens heritage. The whole amalgam of peoples is what makes us New Zealanders. Not wanting to be part of something else. It means that the common values and the here and now are more important than what races your ancestors came from. So to argue with me being a New Zealander is just, well, bizarre!