There are several Baird lines that live around the country, and some left Scotland as late as the 20th century. John is a sixth generation New Zealander and his whakapapa includes Clan Baird from Auchmedden, Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairoa, Ngati Porou and Tuhoe. John lives in Kerikeri in the Far North of New Zealand.
The New Zealand Bairds emigrated for many of the same reasons of the Bairds of Australia. John Baird of Auckland is the leader of the Bairds of New Zealand.