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The Wellington Region

Overseas arrivals

113,034 people who were living in the Wellington Region were born overseas and 30.6% arrived in New Zealand within 5 years prior to 2013.

The Year of Arrival data records when the overseas born population arrived in New Zealand. The data shows the degree to which areas are 'ports' for new overseas migrants and reveals the role of the Wellington Region in housing the overseas-born. The number of recent arrivals in an area is often determined by housing affordability, employment opportunities and pre-existing communities located in the area.

The Wellington Region's Year of Arrival data, when used with Country of Birth, Religion and Languages Spoken data, is a good indicator of the likely need for services in migrant communities.

Derived from the Census question:

'When did you first arrive to live in New Zealand?'

Overseas born population

Overseas arrivals
Wellington Region2013
Year of arrival in New ZealandNumber%North Island %
Prior to 199141,35236.628.9
1991 to 200016,67714.818.0
2001 to 200516,58414.718.5
2006 to March 201334,64430.630.9
Not stated / included3,7773.33.7

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Overseas arrivals, 2013
Overseas arrivals, 2013 Prior to 1991, North Island: 28.9% 1991 to 2000, North Island: 18.0% 2001 to 2005, North Island: 18.5% 2006 to March 2013, North Island: 30.9% Prior to 1991, Wellington Region: 36.6% 1991 to 2000, Wellington Region: 14.8% 2001 to 2005, Wellington Region: 14.7% 2006 to March 2013, Wellington Region: 30.6%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the year of arrival for the overseas born population of the Wellington Region in 2013 compared to the North Island shows that there was a larger proportion of people who arrived before 1991, and a similar proportion of recent arrivals (those who arrived between 2006 and 2013).

Overall, 36.6% of the overseas born population arrived before 1991, and 30.6% arrived during or after 2006, compared with 28.9% and 30.9% respectively for the North Island.

The major differences between the year of arrival data of the Wellington Region and the North Island were:

  • A larger percentage of arrivals prior to 1991 (36.6% compared to 28.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of arrivals between 1996 to 2000 (14.7% compared to 18.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of arrivals between 1991 to 1995 (14.8% compared to 18.0%)

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