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European colonisation to New Zealand allowed the arrival of immigrants following the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. Subsequently waves of immigration have occurred: chiefly from the British Isles, but also from continental Europe. Regulations provide that immigrants must be of good character.
Following the formalisation of sovereignty, the organised and structured flow of migrants from Great Britain and Ireland began, and by 1860 more than 100,000 British and Irish settlers lived throughout New Zealand. The Otago Association actively recruited settlers from Scotland, creating a defined Scottish influence in that region.
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