Question: 20170062

Status


Final

Category


#1:   Race, ethnicity
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#3:  


References


Source 1:   2016 SEER Manual
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Notes:   Appendix D
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Question


Race, ethnicity:  How do you code race for someone from New Zealand?



Discussion


I recently did a presentation on coding the data item Race. In my presentation I discussed understanding geography help code race in some circumstances. One of the slides demonstrates how large Polynesia is and what Pacific islands are found in Polynesia, such as, Tahiti, Samoa, and even Hawaii, all of which have their own codes. Someone in the audience asked "How do you code New Zealand? Upon some research, New Zealand is not listed in Appendix D of the SEER coding manual. We could code them 01-White. But research shows there is a very large indigenous population. Technically, New Zealand is located within the boundaries of Polynesia - Code 25 (Polynesian).



Answer


If the only information you have on race is that the person is from New Zealand, code race as white. This is based on the instructions for Australia, the closest neighbor to New Zealand as no other guidance was found.



History




Last Updated


09/21/2017

Date Finalized


01/10/2018