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 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 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

Governors and Governors-General

The 1920s

  • The 1920s

    The 1920s was the decade that modern New Zealand came of age. Despite political and economic uncertainty, the country shrugged off the gloom of war to embrace the Jazz Age - an era of speed, power and glamour. Explore an overview of the decade and a year-by-year breakdown of key events.

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  • Page 5 - 1922 - key eventsA selection of key New Zealand events from


  • Maning, Frederick Edward

    Writer Frederick Maning lived as part of a Māori tribe in the Hokianga. His descriptions of life in the north during the early 19th century have become New Zealand literary classics.