New Zealand Culture

New Zealanders in Australia

There has been an ongoing exchange of migration between New Zealand and Australia since both countries’ colonial beginnings. This relationship is influenced by close geographic proximity, shared history as colonies of the British Commonwealth, and the ANZAC tradition. Movement has tended to vary depending on the economic situation of each country. This has been visible with an influx of migration from New Zealand during recessions in the 1960s and ‘70s. However, there has generally always been a steady flow of New Zealanders into Australia regardless of economic surroundings.

 

Migration from New Zealand has been traditionally openly facilitated. Until 1982, travel documents were not required to move between the two countries. Prior to 2001, New Zealanders were seen as permanent Australian residents upon arrival. Today, the avenues towards residency and citizenship for New Zealanders have tightened. However, under the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement, Australian and New Zealand citizens are able to enter each other’s country to visit, live and work indefinitely, without the need to apply for prior authority. There are still no caps on the numbers of New Zealanders who may enter Australia.

 

New Zealanders continue to comprise the second biggest overseas-born population in Australia. Due to the large size of this population (over half a million people), New Zealanders arriving in Australia generally span many different social demographics. One cannot fairly identify the typical type of New Zealander Australia attracts. Many New Zealand citizens see Australia’s employment opportunities, lifestyle and climate more favourably. Due to the colonial history between the two countries, many also find the culture to be very compatible with their own. In general, these cultural similarities afford New Zealander migrants relative ease acculturating to Australia. They do not encounter the same language barriers, cross-cultural difficulties and social isolation that some other migrant groups face.

 

The majority of New Zealanders in Australia have been living in the country for a decade or longer, and are therefore relatively well settled and acculturated to the country. According to the 2011 census, almost 40% of New Zealanders live in Queensland. Roughly 12% of the New Zealand-born population reports having Maori ancestry, and a smaller proportion are Samoan. However, 1.7% speaks Maori at home whilst 2.5% speak Samoan.

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New Zealand
  • Population
    4,474,549
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    English (89.8%)
    Te reo Māori (3.5%)
    Samoan (2%)
    Other (5%)
    Sign language (official)
    [2013 census]
    Note: Total surpasses 100% due to the ability to select multiple responses on census.
  • Religions
    No Religion (41.9%)
    Catholic Christianity (12.6%)
    Anglican Christianity (11.8%)
    Presbyterian Christianity (8.5%)
    Other Christianity (7.3%)
    Other (6.32%)
    [2013 census]
    Note: Total surpasses 100% due to the ability to select multiple responses on census.
  • Ethnicities
    European (71.2%)
    Māori (14.1%)
    Asian (11.3%)
    Islander Peoples (7.6%)
    Other (2.7%)
    [2013 census]
    Note: Total surpasses 100% due to the ability to select multiple responses on census.
  • Cultural Dimensions
    22
    79
    58
    49
    33
    75
  • Australians with New Zealand/Māori Ancestry
    349,877 [2016 census]
New Zealanders in Australia
  • Population
    518,466
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in New Zealand.
  • Average Age
    40
  • Gender
    Male (50.7%)
    Female (49.3%)
  • Religion
    No Religion (34.6%)
    Anglican Christianity (15.7%)
    Catholic Christianity (15.1%)
    Presbyterian & Reformed Christianity (7.3%)
    Other (27.3%)
  • Ancestry
    English (33.1%)
    New Zealander (12.9%)
    Scottish (12.3%)
    Māori (12.2%)
    Other (29.5%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    English (91.2%)
    Samoan (2.5%)
    Te reo Māori (1.7%)
    Other (3.8%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 88.5% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    Queensland (39.7%)
    New South Wales (23.6%)
    Victoria (16.6%)
    Western Australia (14.6%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (57%)
    2001-2006 (16.3%)
    2007-2011 (21%)
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