History and migration

Who are the Samoans?

Part of story: Samoans

20th-century migration

Pre-war migration

Part of story: English

South Pacific peoples

For Pacific Islanders who want to enjoy the benefits of moving to a more sizeable country, New Zealand is often the nearest, and the choice of many.

Part of story: South Pacific peoples

New Zealand’s migratory birds

Several million seabirds breed around New Zealand, and then migrate across the equator to the far north Pacific.

Part of story: Bird migration

Anthropology and archaeology

Early explorers and missionaries recorded information about Māori culture and practices, and in the late 19th century ‘salvage anthropology’ aimed to preserve cultural information before it was lost.

Part of story: Anthropology and archaeology

Northern England; the Channel Islands

19th century During most of the 19th century the northern regions of Yorkshire and Lancashire sent quite a number of people to New Zealand, but this was because they were populous. In

Part of story: English

Pacific neighbours

To New Zealand’s north, forming a 6,000-kilometre ‘coral curtain’, are a series of islands and island groups.

Part of story: South Pacific economic relations


Two cuckoo species breed in New Zealand. Both are migratory, arriving in spring to breed and flying north to Pacific islands for winter.

Part of story: Small forest birds

History of immigration

Moving to another country is a big decision, especially when it means a long and dangerous journey.

Part of story: History of immigration