Immigration to New Zealand - recent and historic

Image: Polish refugee children arriving in Wellington, by John Pascoe, 1944. Alexander Turnbull Library. 1/2-003634-F

We have selected these resources to support you when you need information relating to story of New Zealand immigration. Peoples from the Pacific, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas have all settled New Zealand, and contributed to our multicultural heritage. SCIS 1550254

See also: New Zealand history; Refugees

Christchurch City Libraries

Presents a list of websites relating to shipping lists, passenger information, the first four settler ships to Canterbury, and New Zealand family history.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Digital NZ

This site provides thousands of pictures, video, sounds, and objects from New Zealand museums, libraries, galleries, archives, and private institutions. To discover sets and items use the search terms Pacific migrants and Immigrants to New Zealand.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Emigrate New Zealand

Recent statistics about migration into New Zealand covering how many people are arriving in New Zealand and where they are from.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Immigration to New Zealand

Presents a range of primary sources relating to new settlers coming to live in New Zealand in the 19th and 20th century. Includes paintings, maps, diary extracts, cartoons and photographs.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers use the search term immigration.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

New Zealand History Online

New Zealand History Online covers British and Irish immigration (1840-1914) and assisted immigration (1947-1975).

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Te Ara covers immigration in a few different articles. Look for History of Immigration, The Voyage Out and for specific immigrant groups search under Peoples.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

A better life, Amelia Batistich, 2003 (YA fiction)
The house that Jack built: being the account of Jack Bull esq., who sailed from these shores to a land far away to live there and trade with the natives of that said land 12th day of September 1798, by Gavin Bishop, 2012 (picture book)
Land of promise: the diary of William Donahue, Gravesend to Wellington, 1839-40, by Lorraine Orman, 2008 (YA fiction)


Immigration to New Zealand: Julian Ilott’s migrant story.

Pahiatua’s `Little Poland’ – Roadside journeys. ManatuTaonga. Youtube. 4.20