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Wellington Region

Overseas arrivals

136,161 people who were living in the Wellington Region were born overseas and 21.2% arrived in New Zealand within 5 years prior to 2018.

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.

Please note: Stats NZ has given Years since arrival in New Zealand data for the 2018 Census a quality rating of "moderate". See Stats NZ’s DataInfo+ for specific information on what this rating means and recommendations for use.

Q:

Derived from the Census question:

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

Overseas arrivals
Wellington Region2018
Year of arrival in New ZealandNumber%North Island %
Prior to 199135,13625.819.6
1991 to 200014,69710.812.6
2001 to 200514,61910.712.5
2006 to 201226,29219.318.4
2013 to March 201828,92021.220.5
Not stated / included16,49712.116.5
Total136,161100.0100.0
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2018. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: Moderate
Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Dominant groups

Analysis of the year of arrival for the overseas born population of the Wellington Region in 2018 compared to 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 2013 and 2018).

Overall, 36.6% of the overseas born population arrived before 1991, and 21.2% arrived during or after 2013, compared with 32.2% and 20.5% respectively for North Island.

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

  • A larger percentage of arrivals prior to 1991 (25.8% compared to 19.6%)
  • A larger percentage of arrivals in 2001 (19.3% compared to 18.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of arrivals between 1996 to 2000 (10.7% compared to 12.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of arrivals between 1991 to 1995 (10.8% compared to 12.6%)

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