Croats in New Zealand

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Croatian-New Zealander
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Total population
2,550[1] - 100,000(est.)[2]
Languages
New Zealand English, Croatian
Religion
Christianity

There are 2,550 people who declared their nationality as Croats in the 2006 New Zealand census.[3] The majority of these are located primarily in and around Auckland and Northland with small numbers in and around Canterbury and Southland.[4] It is estimated that over 100,000 people have Croatian ancestry.[5]

History[edit]

The earliest Croatian settlers in New Zealand date from the 1860s, largely arriving as sailors, gold miners, prospectors and pioneers. Following this, five significant influxes of Croats have arrived:[6]

  • 5,000 between 1890 and 1914, prior to World War I.
  • 1,600 during the 1920s before the onset of the Great Depression.
  • 600 in the 1930s, prior to World War II.
  • 3,200 between 1945 and 1970.
  • Arrivals during the 1990s, fleeing the conflict in former Yugoslavia.

In July 2008, 800 people attended a celebration of 150 years of Croatian settlement in New Zealand hosted by Prime Minister Helen Clark and Ethnic Affairs Minister Chris Carter.[7]

Literature[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Encyclopedia of New Zealand - Story: Dalmatians". Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  2. ^ "Carter: NZ Celebrates 150 Years Of Kiwi-Croatian Culture". Voxy. Digital Advance Limited. July 30, 2008. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  3. ^ "The Encyclopedia of New Zealand - Story: Dalmatians". Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  4. ^ From Distant Villages: the lives and times of Croatian settlers in New Zealand, 1858-1958
  5. ^ "Carter: NZ Celebrates 150 Years Of Kiwi-Croatian Culture". Voxy. Digital Advance Limited. July 30, 2008. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  6. ^ "Book & Print in New Zealand : A Guide to Print Culture in Aotearoa". Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  7. ^ "Carter: NZ Celebrates 150 Years Of Kiwi-Croatian Culture". Voxy. Digital Advance Limited. July 30, 2008. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 

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