French New Zealanders

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French New Zealanders
Total population
4,593 (total by ancestry)
3,762 (by birth)[1]
Regions with significant populations
New Zealand English · French
Christianity (mainly Roman Catholicism· Judaism
Related ethnic groups
French Australians

French New Zealanders are New Zealanders who are of French ancestry or a French-born person who resides in New Zealand.

The French were amongst the earlier European settlers in New Zealand, and established a colony at Akaroa in the South Island.

Captain Jean-François Marie de Surville is the first known Frenchman to have visited New Zealand, 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.


Religion Percentage of the French population in New Zealand
Catholic 26.2%
Christian (not further defined) 3.9%
Anglican 3.0%
No religion 50.1%
Object to answering 7.1%

Source: 2013 Census[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tessa Copland. "French - Facts and figures". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
  2. ^ 2013 Census ethnic group profiles: French

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