Sikhism in New Zealand

The Sikh population in New Zealand more than doubled from 9,500 in the 2006 Census to 19,000 in the 2013 Census.[1] Sikhism is currently the fourth largest non-Christian religion in New Zealand, behind Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. Sikhism is a world religion with over 27 million followers worldwide, with majority of their population in Punjab, India.

Sikh communities[]

Indians started arriving in New Zealand at the end of the 19th century; most immigrants arrived from Punjab and Gujarat. Most Indians settled in Waikato, Auckland, Wellington, or Christchurch.

There is a significant history of many Punjabis being dairy farmers throughout New Zealand,[citation needed] many of them being great pioneers. The majority are in the Waikato region and have been there for many generations. Much hard work was undertaken in terms of clearing scrub and tea trees to convert to farmland in the early years. Embracing the Maori culture was also an important aspect. Many of these farmers are well respected within and outside the community for the significant contribution they have made.

Since 2003, Diwali is also now celebrated in New Zealand as a big festival that is held in Auckland City.[2] A large number of students from India have been coming to New Zealand to study.

With the Sikh community in New Zealand increasing, the New Zealand Sikh Society was developed in 1964, and the first New Zealand Sikh Temple was built in Hamilton in 1977 and another in 1986 in Otahuhu. With the increasing number of Sikhs in New Zealand, an increasing number of gurdwaras are being built.[3]

The number of Indians are increasing rapidly in New Zealand as seen in the 2006 census compared with the 2001 census; over the five years there was a 68.2% increase in the number of Indians in New Zealand.[4]

The number of people affiliating with the Sikh religion more than doubled since 2006. In 2013 there were about 20,000 Sikhs in New Zealand.


There were thirteen gurdwaras (the Sikh place of worship) in New Zealand in 2010. New Zealand Sikh Society Te Rapa, Hamilton was the first gurdwara in New Zealand, established in 1964.[5] Most recently "Gurudwara Mata Sahib Kaur Ji"[6] gurdwara was opened in Te Rapa, Hamilton.

Name Location
Palmerston North Sikh Society Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui
Gurudwara Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib New Lynn, Auckland
Gurudwara Jagat guru nanak sahib, Christchurch under management of Deg Tegh Fateh sikh society, Christchurch 29 Kilmarnock Street, Riccarton Christchurch
Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji 132 St Georges Road, Avondale, Auckland
Sri Guru Nanak Dev Sikh Sangat Gurudwara Sahib Ji Otahuhu, Auckland
Gurudwara Sri Kalgidhar Sahib Takanini, Auckland
Gurdwara Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Papatoetoe, Auckland
Shri Guru Singh Sabha Papatoetoe, Auckland
Shri Dashmesh Darbar Papatoetoe, Auckland
Nanaksar Thath Isher Darbar (Gursikh Temple) Manurewa, Auckland
Tauranga Gurdwara Oropi, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
Bay Of Plenty Gurdwara Te Puke, Bay Of Plenty
New Zealand Sikh Society Hastings, Hawke's Bay
Sikh Temple Palmerston North Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui
Gurdwara Fateh Sahib Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui
New Zealand Sikh Society Hamilton 6391 Te Rapa Rd, Hamilton, Waikato
Guru Nanak Sikh Temple 399 Greenhill Road, Hamilton, Waikato
Gurudwara Mata Sahib Kaur Ji 23 Bryant Road, Te Rapa, Hamilton, Waikato
Shri Guru Ravidas Temple Havelock North, Hastings
Wellington Gurdwara 4-10 Vogel St, Naenae, Lower Hutt, Wellington
Shri Begampura Gurdwara Sahib, Ravidass Gurdwara Papakura
Shri Guru Ravidass Temple 1998 Great South Road, Bombay, Auckland
Whangarei Sikh Temple Whangarei

Notable Sikhs[]

See also[]


  1. ^ "2013 Census QuickStats about culture and identity – tables". Statistics New Zealand. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
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  5. ^ "New Zealand Gurdwaras". New Zealand Sikhs. Harpreet Singh.
  6. ^ "Facebook Page of Te Rapa Gurudwara". Gourav Sharma.

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