Norwegian New Zealanders

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Norwegian New Zealanders
Total population
(828 (Norwegian born)
1,400 (Norwegian ancestry)
0.03% of New Zealand's population
Regions with significant populations
Manawatu-Wanganui, Norsewood, Danevirke, Wellington
New Zealand English, Norwegian
Protestant, Roman Catholic
Related ethnic groups
Norwegians, Norwegian Australians, Norwegian Americans, Norwegian Canadians, Danish Australians, Swedish Australians

Norwegian New Zealanders (Norwegian:Norsknewzealendere) are New Zealanders of Norwegian ancestry, the majority of whom are part of the Norwegian diaspora. Around 10,000 New Zealand residents declared they were born in Norway.[citation needed] In addition 32,850 New Zealander residents claimed Norwegian ancestry, either singularly or with another ancestry.[citation needed]


It was established two Norwegian settlements in New Zealand, one in Norsewood the Seventy Mile Bush, south of the North Island, and the other in the Manawatu. The emigrants arrived there from 1868. In 1878 the number of Norwegian-born said to be 1,213, and emigration from Norway died down then.[2]

Norsewood in New Zealand's Seventy Mile Bush started as a Norwegian settlement in 1872.[3][4][5] In 1881 New Zealand had 1,271 Norway-born residents, in 1901 there were 1,279.[6]


New Zealand and Australia is one of the most popular countries for Norwegian students. There are currently about 200 Norwegians studying in New Zealand. There are also some 2,500 Norwegian students in Australia. Half of the Norwegian students in New Zealand and Australia are members of ANSA - the Association of Norwegian Students Abroad.

List of New Zealanders of Norwegian descent[edit]



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  1. ^ 828 people have informed that they have a Norwegian ethnic background.
  2. ^ Norsk Utvandringshistorie - Norwegian
  3. ^ "Seventy Mile Bush". Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 2009-12-13. Scandinavians attacked this massive forest from north and south. They walked from Napier and Wellington to the Scandinavian settlements, which they themselves had to create. Their routes are marked in red on the map. The clop-clop of axes and swishing of saws soon carried through the trees, and small grass clearings began to appear in the sea of forest. 
  4. ^ Arnold, Rollo (1981). The Farthest Promised Land - English Villagers, New Zealand Immigrants of the 1870s. New Zealand Texts Collection. Wellington: Victoria University Press. p. 312. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  5. ^ The Norway year book 2. Oslo: Sverre Mortensen Forlag. 1938. p. 364. Retrieved 2009-12-10. [...] Norsewood in New Zealand is a Norwegian settlement that celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1922. 
  6. ^ Walrond, Carl (2009-04-04). "Scandinavians - Facts and figures". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 2009-12-10.