Many leave, fewer arrive: 1975 to 1991

New Zealand loses its attraction

Part of story: History of immigration

Political values and cultural diversity

Ethnic subcultures

Part of story: Political values

Air travel

The first immigrants to fly all the way from Europe to New Zealand arrived in the early 1950s; the last to make this journey by ship came in the late 1970s.

Part of story: The voyage out


Abel Tasman’s voyage in 1642 aroused French interest in the South Seas, and by the 18th century French explorers were eager to seek out scientific knowledge and trading opportunities in New Zealand.

Part of story: French

Central and South-eastern Europeans

Immigrants to New Zealand from Central and South-east Europe include Austrians, Czechs, Slovaks, Slovenes and people from the Balkans (Romanians, Bulgarians and Albanians).

Part of story: Central and South-eastern Europeans

Latin Americans

Immigrants from Chile, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela and other countries only trickled into New Zealand until the 1970s, when an influx of Chilean refugees swelled numbers.

Part of story: Latin Americans

Diverse religions

New Zealand is home to a range of religious groups, including Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Sikhs and Jews, as well as Christians.

Part of story: Diverse religions

Auckland region

Open to the ocean to the east and west, Auckland has a casual, confident air. Splendid harbours and beaches, a mild climate and a buoyant culture attract tourists and immigrants from around the world.

Part of story: Auckland region

Philosophy in New Zealand

Philosophers explore questions about logic and reasoning, ethics and morality, existence, reality, alternative worlds and human nature.

Part of story: Philosophy

Multi-cultural New Zealand: 1991 onwards

The points system of entry led to increased and diverse immigration. Between 1971 and 1991 the number of foreign-born residents had increased by 116,000.

Part of story: History of immigration

Journeys to New Zealand

The longest journey Europeans who decide to make a new home in New Zealand embark on the longest journey of migration in human history. In the 19th century this voyage was made by ship. Not only

Part of story: The voyage out

Northland region

Northland’s subtropical peninsula, indented with beautiful harbours, bays and estuaries, occupies the northernmost edge of New Zealand – where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean.

Part of story: Northland region