Iranian New Zealanders

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Iranian New Zealanders
Total population
4,659 Iran-born (2018)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch
New Zealand English, Persian, languages of Iran
Shia Islam, Irreligion, Bahá'í, Christian, Judaism, Zoroastrianism
Related ethnic groups
Iranians, Persian people, Azeris

Iranian New Zealanders (Persian: ایرانی نیوزیلندی‎), informally known as Persian Kiwis, are New Zealanders of Iranian national background or descent who are expatriates or permanent immigrants, and their descendants. The 2006 census found that 2,895 New Zealanders were born in Iran, although the figure of Iranian New Zealanders will be higher than this as many of them are born in another country.

Migration history[edit]

Most Iranian New Zealanders came to New Zealand after the Iranian Revolution of 1979. The community expanded in the early 1980s and 1990s during the Iran–Iraq War and its aftermath. However most Iranian emigrants since 2010 are professionals who revived their residence permit through emigration programs.


Around half of Iranians in New Zealand are Muslim, but those of Christian background are also present.[2] Among Iranian migrants there are also Bahá'ís who had been persecuted for their religion in Iran.[3] From 1987 to 1989, 142 Bahá'ís arrived in New Zealand as refugees.[4]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

Iranians in New Zealand:[1]
Year Persons
1881 2
1951 20
2001 1,980
2006 2,895
2018 4,659


  1. ^ a b Veitch, James; Tinawi, Dalia, "Middle Eastern peoples: Facts and figures", for Culture and Heritage Te Ara: The Encyclopaedia of New Zealand Check |url= value (help), ISBN 978-0-478-18451-8
  2. ^ Veitch, James; Tinawi, Dalia, "Middle Eastern peoples: Other Middle Eastern peoples", Te Ara: The Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, ISBN 978-0-478-18451-8
  3. ^ Prasad, Vanita (2010-12-09), "Baha'i marchers celebrate freedom",, retrieved 2011-09-15
  4. ^ "New Zealand refugee timeline",, 2009-06-20, retrieved 2011-09-15
  5. ^ "The mysterious past of The Bachelor's Naz". NZ Herald. 2016-03-09. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  6. ^ "The Bachelor NZ: Troublemaker Naz is a bodybuilder and model who lives in Brisbane". Stuff. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-08. Retrieved 2016-07-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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