|New Zealand-born residents|
62,584 (2011 Census)
59,000 (2015 ONS estimate)
|Regions with significant populations|
|Southern England, in particular Greater London|
|English (New Zealand English and British English), M?ori|
|Predominantly Christianity, and other religion.|
According to the 2001 UK Census, 58,286 New Zealand-born people were residing in the United Kingdom. The 2011 census recorded 57,076 people born in New Zealand residing in England, 1,292 in Wales, 3,632 in Scotland and 584 in Northern Ireland. The Office for National Statistics estimates that, in 2015, the New Zealand-born population of the UK stood at around 59,000.
Every one of the top ten most popular places in Britain for New Zealand expatriates is in London, Acton being home to 1,045 New Zealand-born people (representing 0.7 per cent of the local population), with Hammersmith, Brondesbury, Hyde Park, Cricklewood and Fulham following.
According to Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand, at the start of the millennium, approximately 8,000 M?ori resided in England alone (as opposed to the United Kingdom as a whole). Historically M?ori have been known in the UK for their athletic prowess on the rugby field as well as their various artistic skills. In the 1900s, M?ori artistic performers toured the UK and some of them decided to stay.M?kereti (Maggie) Papakura of Whakarewarewa is one example of an early M?ori immigrant who came to the country touring with a troupe of performers; she married in 1912 and lived in the UK for the rest of her life. During World War I, significant numbers of M?ori troops came to the UK in order to help fight with the British Army (during this time period military service was one of the main reasons why some M?ori moved overseas). Many of these were actually housed in Papakura's Oxfordshire mansion. Later on in the 1950s, a small group of M?ori residing in the British capital established the London M?ori Club. The aim was to promote M?ori culture through the performance of traditional songs and war dances. In 1971 the group renamed itself Ng?ti R?nana M?ori Club. To this day the Ng?ti R?nana cultural group hosts weekly meetings, language classes and celebrations.
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