Business Immigration NZ

The People


New Zealand's society reflects many years of migration from all parts of the globe. The majority are of British descent, along with other European cultures such as Greek, Italian, French, Dutch, Scandinavian and German.

More recently people from islands throughout the Pacific, such as Samoa and Fiji, have migrated to New Zealand, along with immigrants from Asia, namely China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

The largest non-European group of people are the Maori, the first settlers of New Zealand, known as the 'tangata whenua' (the people of the land) who make up around 15 percent of the population. Maori culture, art and traditions are an important part of New Zealand's heritage and culture.

English and Maori are both official languages of New Zealand, otherwise known as Aotearoa which translated from Maori means "Land of the Long White Cloud".

New Zealand today is a modern high-tech western nation with a well-developed economy and a government structure based on the British parliamentary system. It has also been a world leader in many situations, such as being the first country in the world where women were given the right to vote, and its strong anti-nuclear stance.


Country a magnet for young migrants
New Zealand is found to be a migration hot spot for the young and educated if everyone who wants to move here were allowed to do so, a poll has found.
New Act comes into force
The new Immigration Act comes into force this week. "This Act will help us improve the efficiency of immigration systems by sharpening some processes," Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman said.
NZ scores fifth place in world prosperity stakes
New Zealand has been ranked the world's fifth-most-prosperous country, with the highest level of education and civil liberties, by an international think-tank.
NZ 3rd on list of migrant's choice as immigration destinations
NZ third on list of migrants' choice