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Events In History

23 March 1848

Otago celebrates the arrival of the immigrant ship John Wickliffe as the founding day of the province.

1 February 1842

The Fifeshire arrived in Nelson with immigrants for the New Zealand Company's first settlement in the South Island.

22 January 1840

The New Zealand Company's first settler ship, the Aurora, arrived at Petone to found the settlement that would become Wellington.


Assisted immigration, 1947-75

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

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