Citizenship - Granted citizenship by country (cumulative) 1949–2018

Department of Internal Affairs

Data calculation/treatment

The country or territory indicates the previous citizenship of the applicant. Some countries no longer exist or have been renamed.

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Limitations of the data

The country of birth is as indicated by the applicant. If a country has changed name (for example, Burma vs Myanmar) it is reported separately for each name change.
Constituent countries and territories may be recorded under the name of the country they belong to, or the name of the constituent country or territory. For example, England and the United Kingdom are reported separately.


This data excludes new citizenships by descent granted to those born overseas to a New Zealand citizen. In 2018, there were 13,691.

Data provided by

Department of Internal Affairs

Dataset name

Citizenship Statistics 2018


How to find the data

At URL provided, select 'Granted New Zealand Citizenship by country of birth from 1949-2018 (xls 244kb)' file.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: Citizenship Statistics 2018

From the dataset Citizenship Statistics 2018, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: AW_Grants_by_CoB_Crosstab
  • Range: B2:C325
  • Provided: 648 data points

Dataset originally released on:

February 28, 2019