Vietnamese New Zealanders

Vietnamese New Zealanders
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch
Vietnamese, English
Buddhism, Christianity
Related ethnic groups
Vietnamese people, Vietnamese Australians

Vietnamese New Zealanders (Vietnamese: Người New Zealand gốc Việt) are New Zealanders of Vietnamese ancestry.

According to the 2013 census, 6,660 New Zealanders identify themselves as with the Vietnamese ethnic group.[1] Many of them came to New Zealand to escape religious persecution or out of dislike of the communist government.[2]


Vietnamese people began arriving in New Zealand during the mid-1970s and early 1980s as refugees following the end of the Vietnam War owing to fear of persecution or uncertainty under a new Communist government.[2] New Zealand was one of the countries that assisted in the resettlement of Vietnamese refugees, with the first arrivals in 1977 when 412 refugees were accepted.[2] The largest intake of Vietnamese refugees occurred in 1979-1980 when about 1,500 arrived[2] with approximately 4,500 Vietnamese being accepted for resettlement between 1977 and 1993.[3] Many of them settled in large urban areas.[2] Owing to the economic troubles of the 1980s in which many had lost their factory jobs and isolation, about 1/3 of the population moved to Australia where there were larger Vietnamese communities.[2]

Currently, in the 2013 Census, there are 6,660 Vietnamese living in New Zealand, with the majority being concentrated in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch.[2]

See also


  1. 1 2 "2013 Census ethnic group profiles: Vietnamese". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Story: Vietnamese: Page 1-Migration". Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  3. "New Zealand's Refugee Sector: Perspectives and Developments, 1987–2010". Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
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