Story: History of immigration

Ethnic diversity of MPs

As immigration has transformed New Zealand society, it has also transformed Parliament, particularly since the first MMP election in 1996. In 2020, MPs of Chinese, Cook Islands Māori, Eritrean, Indian, Iranian, Korean, Maldivian, Mexican, Samoan, Sri Lankan, and Tongan descent were elected, including two people from refugee backgrounds. This graph shows the increasing number of Māori, Pacific Peoples and other non-Pākehā MPs in Parliament from 1996-2020.

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Jock Phillips, 'History of immigration - Multi-cultural New Zealand: 1991 onwards', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/graph/47383/ethnic-diversity-of-mps (accessed 17 January 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Aug 2015