Story: History of immigration

Pacific-born people in New Zealand, 1961–2013

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This graph shows the rise in numbers of those born in the Pacific and living in New Zealand. Over the period the total increased by over 130,000, from just over 14,000 in 1961. Even this underestimates the impact of Pacific peoples, since by 2013 over 310,000 people identified with these Pacific ethnicities.

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Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Source: New Zealand census, 1961;2001;2013

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'History of immigration - The end of a 'white New Zealand' policy', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/graph/2156/pacific-born-people-in-new-zealand-1961-2013 (accessed 10 April 2020)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Aug 2015