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.