Variable Description

Country of Main Destination en-NZ
Country of Main Destination en-NZ

Before November 2018, this is the country where a New Zealand resident departing on a short trip will spend the most time while overseas. The passenger may visit additional countries on the same trip, but this information is not requested on the departure card and therefore is not collected by Statistics NZ. (Collected for sampled NZ-resident departures and from August 2016 for matched NZ-resident arrivals). From November 2018, the country of main destination is collected from arrivals cards after the removal of the departure cards.

Variable Notes

  • For continuity, the current name of a country is used for historic data, even if it had a different name in the past.

  • "The United Kingdom" also includes the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. "The United Kingdom" is British Isles before 1935.

  • "Ireland" includes Northern Ireland from 1935 to 1941. In all years, Ireland includes undefined Ireland, which may include Northern Ireland.

  • "Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro" – Yugoslavia to August 2003, Serbia and Montenegro from September 2003.

  • "Germany" includes Austria from 1939 to 1946, and excludes East Germany (Democratic Republic of Germany) from 1965 to 1990.

  • "Cook Islands" includes Niue from 1938 to 1970.

  • "India" includes Pakistan in 1942 and 1948.

  • "Malaysia" is Straits Settlements from 1935 to 1947, and Malaya from 1948 to 1965. "Malaysia" includes Singapore from 1935 to 1948.

  • "Papua New Guinea" is British New Guinea from 1938 to 1949.

  • "French Polynesia" is Society Islands from 1935 to 1971.

  • "United States of America" excludes Hawaii and Alaska before 1959.

This variable is not part of a dataset.


Aggregation Method


Conceptual Variable
conceptual-variable-16.png Migration en-NZ
concept-16.png Migration en-NZ

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