English-born migrants were always the largest group, but between 1853 and 1890 they were almost matched by the Irish. From 1891 to 1945 the proportion of Scots was much higher, and there were few Irish.
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Source: Jock Phillips and Terry Hearn, Settlers: New Zealand immigrants from England, Ireland and Scotland, 1800–1945. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2008