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Polish New Zealanders

Polish New Zealanders
Total population
2,166 (2013)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Auckland Region, Wellington Region, Canterbury Region
New Zealand English · Polish
Predominantly Roman Catholic

Polish New Zealanders refers to New Zealand citizens or residents of full or partial Polish ancestry, or Polish citizens living in New Zealand. The 2013 census counted 2,166 New Zealanders who claim Polish ancestry.[1]


Small numbers of Polish people began to arrive to New Zealand throughout the 19th century. Among these, many were among the "Brogdenites" employed to build stretches of New Zealand's main railway lines. Many of these settled in small towns close to the rail line such as Greytown (now Allanton) in Otago.

During World War I and World War II, many Polish people became refugees and were relocated to other countries such as New Zealand.

Notable Polish New Zealanders

See also