Sikhism in New Zealand
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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. Indians are often stereotyped as owning convenience stores known as 'Dairies' in New Zealand. This is mostly associated with the urban settlers. Also there are a large number of Indian Restaurants in New Zealand.
There is a significant history of many Punjabi being dairy farmers throughout New Zealand. Many of them being great pioneers. The majority are in the Waikato region and have been here for many generations. Much hard work was undertaken in terms of clearing scrub and tea tree 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.
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.
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.
In the 2006 census there were 9507 Sikhs in New Zealand.
There are thirteen gurdwaras (the Sikh place of worship) in New Zealand. New Zealand Sikh Society Te Rapa, Hamilton was the first gurdwara in New Zealand established in 1964. Most recently the Greenhill gurdwara was opened in Hamilton.
|New Zealand Sikh Society Hamilton||Te Rapa, Hamilton|
|Palmerston North Sikh Society||Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui|
|Gurudwara Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib||New Lynn, Auckland|
|Sri Guru Nanak Dev Sikh Sangat Gurudwara Sahib Ji||Otahuhu, Auckland|
|Gurudwara Sri Kalgidhar Sahib||Takanini, 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|
|Greenhill Gurdwara||Hamilton, Waikato|
|Shri Guru Ravidas Temple||Havelock North, Hastings, New Zealand|
|Wellington Gurdwara||Waitangirua, Porirua, Wellington|
|Shri Begampura Gurdwara Sahib||Papakura, New Zealand|
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