French New Zealanders are New Zealanders who are of French ancestry.
The French were amongst the earlier European settlers in New Zealand, and established a colony at Akaroa on the South Island.
Captain Jean François Marie de Surville is the first known Frenchman to have visited NZ, in 1769, and by the 1830s, French whalers were operating off the Banks Peninsula.
In 1835, Jean Baptiste François Pompallier was the first bishop of any denomination in New Zealand.
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