Events In History


British & Irish immigration, 1840-1914

  • British & Irish immigration, 1840-1914

    Who were the ancestors of Pākehā New Zealand? Where did they come from and what sort of people were they? These are some of the questions which this feature sets out to answer.

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  • Page 2 – Summary

    This graph charts the immigrants from all countries who came to New Zealand from 1840 to 1914. This includes those who migrated from places such as Germany, Italy, Scandinavia

  • Page 3 – Where did they come from?

    The composition of the inflow from Britain and Ireland was quite different from the composition of the United Kingdom as a whole.

  • Page 4 – The English

    Table and graph showing which part of England immigrants to New Zealand came from.

  • Page 5 – The Scots

    Table and graph showing which part of Scotland immigrants to New Zealand came from.

  • Page 6 – The Irish

    Table and graph showing which part of Ireland immigrants to New Zealand came from.

  • Page 7 – Where to?

    British-born population living in New Zealand provinces in 1871.

  • Page 8 – Who were the immigrants?

    Graph of figures taken from the death certificates of British and Irish immigrants to New Zealand (which include information on the father's occupation).

  • Page 9 – Conclusions

    These statistics suggest some larger conclusions about the character and values of New Zealand's founding Pākehā population

  • Page 10 – Further information

    Further sources relating to British and Irish immigration to New Zealand, including pdfs of more detailed information and statistics

Assisted immigration, 1947-75

  • Assisted immigration, 1947-75

    New Zealand is a country of immigrants. Wave after wave of peoples have settled here: Polynesian, British, European, Asian.

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  • Page 2 – Peopling New Zealand

    The Labour Department was responsible for setting up and administering the assisted immigration scheme

  • Page 3 – Leaving the grey UK

    The Immigration Branch needed to advertise the assisted immigration scheme as widely as possible and mostly used the classified sections of British newspapers.

  • Page 4 – The voyage out

    The Captain Cook, along with the Captain Hobson, brought assisted immigrants to New Zealand via the Panama Canal from 1952.

  • Page 5 – Life in New Zealand

    After they arrived, each assisted immigrant was given a letter of welcome from Bert Bockett, the Secretary for Labour, which outlined the assistance which the Department would