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The first restrictions on immigration

The first restrictions on immigration

In 1881 a law imposed a poll tax (initially of £10, raised in 1896 to £100) on all Chinese who sought to enter New Zealand. The number of Chinese who could come on any one ship was also limited. This was the first piece of legislation which restricted the entry of immigrants. The poll tax regulation remained in force until 1944, although the tax itself was not collected after 1934.

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Reference: New Zealand Statutes, 1881, pp. 301–3.

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Ann Beaglehole, 'Immigration regulation - 1881–1914: restrictions on Chinese and others', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/1366/the-first-restrictions-on-immigration (accessed 15 December 2019)

Story by Ann Beaglehole, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 18 Aug 2015