New Zealanders in the United Kingdom
|New Zealand-born residents
58,286 (2001 Census)
58,000 (2009 ONS estimate)
|Regions with significant populations|
|Southern England, in particular Greater London|
|English (New Zealand English and British English), Māori|
|Predominantly Christianity, and other religion.|
According to the 2001 UK Census, 58,286 New Zealand-born people were residing in the United Kingdom. The Office for National Statistics estimates that, in 2009, the New Zealand-born population of the UK stood at around 58,000. Around 80 per cent of New Zealanders have some British ancestry and an estimated 17 per cent are entitled to British nationality by descent.
Every one of the top ten most popular places in Britain for New Zealand expatriates is in London, Acton being home to 1,045 New Zealand-born people (representing 0.7 per cent of the local population), with Hammersmith, Brondesbury, Hyde Park, Cricklewood and Fulham following.
According to Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand, at the start of the millennium, approximately 8,000 Māori resided in England alone (as opposed to the United Kingdom as a whole). Historically Māori have been known in the UK for their athletic prowess on the rugby field as well as their various artistic skills. In the 1900s, Māori artistic performers toured the UK and some of them decided to stay. Mākereti (Maggie) Papakura of Whakarewarewa is one example of an early Māori immigrant who came to the country touring with a troupe of performers; she married in 1912 and lived in the UK for the rest of her life. During World War I, significant numbers of Māori troops came to the UK in order to help fight with the British Army (during this time period military service was one of the main reasons why some Māori moved overseas). Many of these were actually housed in Papakura's Oxfordshire mansion. Later on in the 1950s, a small group of Māori residing in the British capital established the London Māori Club. The aim was to promote Māori culture through the performance of traditional songs and war dances. In 1971 the group renamed itself Ngati Ranana Māori Club. To this day the Ngāti Rānana cultural group hosts weekly meetings, language classes and celebrations.
Notable New Zealanders in Britain
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- "Country-of-birth database". Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Retrieved 2008-09-20.
- "Estimated population resident in the United Kingdom, by foreign country of birth (Table 1.3)". Office for National Statistics. September 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- "Country profile: New Zealand". Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Retrieved 2009-10-21.
- Distribution of New Zealand expatriates in the UK
- Walrond, Carl. "Māori overseas - England, the United States and elsewhere". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 24 October 2010.