Assisted immigration to New Zealand had begun post-World War II with the government's rationale in 1947 that "the generally buoyant prospects of the Dominion's economy all contribute to the conclusion that an expanded flow of immigrants of selected types can profitably be absorbed, with benefit to themselves and ourselves".

While most of the immigrants would be from the United Kingdom, a large number also came from the Netherlands, as it was thought they would easily assimilate into the New Zealand way of life.

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