In a Warnbro schoolyard, a group of teenagers are laughing and talking over one another, their voices echoing across the courtyard.
But when 16-year-old Beau Broederlow picks up his guitar, they sit still and the raucous voices morph into smooth harmonies as they sing perfectly in tune to a reggae song.
These Maori and Pacific Islander students are linked by their love of music, their heritage and that they now call Warnbro home.
They are among more than 150 New Zealand students at Warnbro Community High School, a figure which has ballooned in the past five years as record numbers of Kiwis flooded Perth amid rising unemployment in their homeland.
Between 2006 and 2011, more than 23,000 New Zealanders moved to WA, three times the number in the previous five years.
As the Warnbro students explained, their parents joined the exodus across the Tasman for better opportunities and pay.
Beau moved to WA in 2011 with his family and while they have since moved to Thornlie, he continues to make the four-hour round trip to attend school.
"When I first walked in, I was like 'Is there anyone like me here'? But then I saw there was heaps of them," he said.
"It's much easier and much better living here because of the lifestyle and how nice everyone is."
Warnbro Community High School principal Syd Parke said when he started at the school in 2006, there were just 25 New Zealand students.
"There's a good grapevine in the Maori community, and suddenly word got out to 'come to Warnbro'. So it just exploded from then on and every year we seem to have 20 or 30 more Maori and Pacific Islander students."
He said the school was applying for funding to run integration programs to help New Zealanders transition into the WA schooling system and to celebrate the Polynesian cultures.
The coastal southern suburbs, particularly Port Kennedy and Rockingham, were among the most popular locations for new arrivals from New Zealand.
The Rockingham Rugby Union Football Club has been among the beneficiaries of the boom, with almost half the club's 500 members hailing from New Zealand.
Among them is president Josh Bell, who said sport - especially rugby - had proved a uniting force for expats.
"Most Kiwis are pretty active when it comes to sport and rugby is something that wherever you go in the world, it unites us," Mr Bell said. "It's a big part of our history and how we got the Kiwi name."
He said several of the club's top players were aiming for Western Force selection."There's definitely been an influx of Kiwis and there's always new people arriving. WA is literally the land of opportunity for us."
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