Asians in Wellington
Changing ethnic profile of the capital city

In the final Outlook report in the series on New Zealand’s Asian populations, Auckland University geographer Dr Wardlow Friesen looks at Asians in Wellington and the changing ethnic profiles of New Zealand’s capital city.

After Auckland, Wellington has the second-largest number of Asians in its population, a result of its long-term and unique history of involvement with Asia. Wellington is the home to Asia’s diplomatic posts as well as the headquarters of many national ethnic associations. Asian students also have a significant presence in this university city: it began in 1950 with the intake of Asian students under the Colombo Plan.

Author: Dr Wardlow Friesen