Many of these come as immigrants, and many of the young women marry New Zealand or European men and settle in the country.
This reduces the number of eligible men available to New Zealand born women, and much of this inflow involves "Thai Brides".
A lot depends on the woman, and while some Thai bar girls make excellent wives, many do not and are out for nothing more than money.
New Zealand men should make sure they know the girl well - and also her family - and are certain that her 'brother' or 'friend' is not a boyfriend or even a husband!
In fact, the problem is fairly serious one that should not be made light of, since the influx of women from Thailand is leading to an increase in the number of single or sole mothers, there being insufficient marriageable New Zealand men to go round.This is higher than any other industrialised country in the world.However, taken by nationality, there are as many as 32% more Asian women than Asian men, and the 2001 census showed that 1,506 Thai women aged 25 to 44 were living in the country, with only 564 Thai men. The corresponding ratio for Filipinos was 2.6 to 1, and for Japanese, 2.2 to 1, while for those that were classed just as 'Asian, it was 1.9 to 1.It is not uncommon for women to be treated badly in their own country, and to be regarded as a 'chattel' rather than as an equal partner.This is one reason for so many Asian women, particularly Thai women, to come to New Zealand when they are able to for reasons of work - or because their New Zealand partners bring them.
There are many horror stories relating to Kiwis being tricked by Thai girls, but there are also many success stories.