New Zealand American

New Zealand American

New Zealander American
Total population
19,961(2010 American Community Survey)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Illinois, Wisconsin
American English, New Zealand English, Māori
Related ethnic groups
Australian Americans · Oceanian Americans

New Zealand-Americans are Americans born in New Zealand or born in the United States of America who has New Zealand ancestry. According the 2010 surveys, there 19,961 New Zealand Americans.[1] Most them are of European descent, but some hundreds are of indigenous New Zealand descent. So, Some 925 of those New Zealand-Americans declared be of Tokelauan origin.[2] On the other hand, the 2000 Census indicated also the exist of 1,994 people of Māori descent in US.[3]

Many New Zealanders came to the United States after World War II. A significant portion (although not the majority) of these immigrants were war brides, because they had married U.S. soldiers who were stationed in the Pacific theater during the war. Since the 1940s, the majority of New Zealanders who have settled in United States came seeking higher education or employment, especially in the work related to finance, import and export, and entertainment industries. Some small communities of New Zealanders have been created in Chicago area and in Green Bay and Madison, Wisconsin areas.[4]

List of New Zealand Americans

New Zealand Americans include:

See also


  1. ^ a b "Total ancestry categories tallied for people with one or more ancestry categories reported 2010 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates".  
  2. ^ The Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Population: 2010 Census, 2010 Census Briefs, United States Bureau of the Census, May 2012
  3. ^ "Table 1. First, Second, and Total Responses to the Ancestry Question by Detailed Ancestry Code: 2000". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  4. ^ Encyclopedia of Chicago: New Zealand in Chicago. Posted by Daniel Greene. Retrieved September 29, 2012, to 1:29 pm.