Filipino New Zealander

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Filipino New Zealanders
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Tauranga, Rotorua, Hamilton
New Zealand English, Tagalog, Visayan languages, and/or other Philippine languages
Majority Roman Catholicism
Protestantism · Others Christians · Buddhism.
Related ethnic groups
Filipino people, Overseas Filipinos

Filipino New Zealanders (colloquially, 'KiwiPinos') consist of New Zealanders who migrated from the Philippines to or born in New Zealand with Filipino ancestry. The 1936 Census found six New Zealand residents born in the Philippines, and the country's intake of Filipino students began to increase in 1960, under the Colombo Plan; however, even as late as 1981, there were only 405 Filipinos in New Zealand. It would take until the 1990s before highly populated regions such as Wellington and Auckland (especially the suburbs of Henderson and Mount Roskill) began to see exponential growth in their respective Filipino communities.[2] The communities themselves are known for their many Philippine-related celebrations, particularly the celebration of Philippine Independence Day every year on the Sunday nearest to the 12 June. In April 2008, New Zealand's embassy indicated that they would like to increase the intake of nurses and engineers from the Philippines.[3]

Associations, Clubs and Societies[edit]

New Zealand Ambassadors to the Philippines[edit]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "QuickStats About Culture and Identity", 2006 Census, Statistics New Zealand, 19 April 2007, retrieved 2012-10-20 
  2. ^ Walrond, Karl (21 September 2007), "New Zealand Peoples: Filipinos", Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, ISBN 978-0-478-18451-8, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  3. ^ "New Zealand needs Filipino nurses", GMA News, 7 April 2008, retrieved 2008-04-11 
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