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Graphic: An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand 1966.


This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

Up-to-date information can be found elsewhere in Te Ara.




At the 1881 census there were 87 of Greek birth in New Zealand; by 1901 there were 123, and in 1956, 606. In 1963 1,130 Greeks were registered as aliens. Some, however, who give Rumania or Turkey as their birthplace are Greek. The major increase has taken place in recent years with the introduction of girls for domestic service, though some families were brought to New Zealand in return for their kindnesses to New Zealand soldiers during the Second World War.