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Welsh New Zealanders
Seland Newydd Cymreig
Total population
  • 3,705 (by ancestry, 2013)
  • 6,708 (by birth, 2013)[1]
Regions with significant populations
English, Welsh
Christianity (Methodism, Presbyterianism)
Related ethnic groups
Scottish New Zealanders, Welsh Australians

Welsh New Zealanders refers to New Zealand-born people who trace their ancestry back to Wales or Welsh people who emigrated to New Zealand and became naturalised citizens.

The Welsh, unlike other migrant groups from the British Isles, are not as numerous as their Welsh Australian counterparts. However, their contribution was notable. Most Welshmen who arrived in New Zealand were gold and coal miners.[citation needed]

Welsh place names in New Zealand

Some of the Welsh-derived place names in New Zealand include:

Brynavon, Northland

Brynderwyn, Northland

Bryndwr, Christchurch

Cambrians, Otago - Named after the Welsh prospectors.[citation needed]

Cardiff, Taranaki - Named after Cardiff in Glamorganshire.

Carnarvon, now Himatangi

Hawarden, Canterbury - Named after Hawarden Castle in Flintshire.

Lake Pembroke, now Lake Wānaka

Marchwiel, Canterbury - Named after Marchwiel in Denbighshire.

Milford Sound - Originally Milford Haven, it was named by the Welsh navigator John Grono after Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire.

Morgans Valley, Christchurch - Named after a Welsh settler.

Pembroke, Taranaki - Named after Pembroke in Pembrokeshire.

Picton, Marlborough - Named after Welsh General Sir Thomas Picton.

Welshmans Creek, Southland - Named after a Welsh prospector.

See also


  1. ^ Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. "Welsh: The Story". Retrieved 25 February 2015.