Story: Immigration regulation

English language class

English language class

From 1899 to 1920, English language tests were used to help keep Asians and others out of New Zealand. After 1920, other restrictive measures were used. But when restrictions based on ethnicity and race were abandoned in 1974, a knowledge of English was no longer essential to gain permanent residence, although it helped. From 1991 a modest level of English was once again required. The standard became higher in 1995, and again in 2002. The demand for English language skills is now met by language schools such as the Capital Language Academy in Wellington. The photograph shows a class in progress.

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Ann Beaglehole, 'Immigration regulation - 1986–2003: selection on personal merit', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/1385/english-language-class (accessed 9 April 2020)

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