NEW IMMIGRATION POLICY:
After the Second World War, labour shortages led to increasing openness to immigration, although white immigrants were still favoured.
In 1971 Norman Kirk, who became prime minister in 1972, argued that New Zealand’s future lay with Asia and the Pacific and suggested a policy that ignored race, colour and religion. After the immigration policy review of 1974, British migrants, like all others, were required to obtain a permit before they travelled to New Zealand. By 1978 three grounds for entry were in place, none of which was race or nationality: occupation, family reunification and humanitarian considerations.
Finally, with the Immigration Act of 1987, three categories were established