German New Zealanders
12,810 Immigrants (2013) +200,000 of German descent
|Regions with significant populations|
|Auckland, Manawatu-Wanganui, Tasman District, Tauranga, Wellington|
|New Zealand English, German|
|Predominantly Lutheranism and Roman Catholicism|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Germans, German Australians, German Americans, German Canadians, French Germans|
German New Zealanders (German: Deutsch-Neuseeländer) are New Zealand residents of ethnic German ancestry. The German community constitute one of the largest European ethnic groups in New Zealand, numbering 12,810 in the 2013 census.
The 2013 census counted 12,810 New Zealand residents who had ancestry from Germany. This number does not include people of German ancestry who selected their ancestry as simply "New Zealander". Today the number of New Zealanders with German ancestry is estimated to be approximately 200,000 (5% of the population). Many German New Zealanders anglicized their names during the 20th century due to the negative perception of Germans fostered by World War I and World War II.
In 2013, the German language was spoken at home by 36,642 persons in New Zealand. German is the ninth most widely spoken language in the country after English, Māori, Samoan, Hindi, Mandarin Chinese, French, Cantonese, and Chinese (not further defined).
New Zealand has long been a popular destination for German backpacker tourists and students.
German New Zealand culture
Notable German New Zealanders
- Michala Banas (born 1978), actress and singer
- Morton W. Coutts (1904–2004), inventor
- Russell Crowe (born 1964), actor
- Christian Cullen (born 1976), rugby union footballer
- Kim Dotcom (born 1974), internet entrepreneur, businessman, musician, and political party founder
- Minnie Maria Dronke (1904–1987) actor, drama producer and teacher
- Thomas Eichelbaum (born 1931), 11th Chief Justice of New Zealand
- Willi Fels (1858–1946), merchant, collector and philanthropist
- Carl Frank Fischer (year of birth unknown – 1893), doctor, homoeopath and viticulturist
- Karl Fritsch (born 1963) contemporary jeweller
- Richard Fuchs (1887–1947), composer and architect
- Rudolf Gopas (1913–1983) artist and art teacher
- Awen Guttenbeil (born 1976), rugby league footballer
- Julius von Haast (1822–1887), geologist and founder of Canterbury Museum
- Bendix Hallenstein (1835–1905) merchant, statesman, manufacturer, member of the New Zealand Parliament
- Lewis Hotop (c. 1844–1922), pharmacist, politician and Arbor Day advocate
- Gerhard Husheer (1864–1954), tobacco grower and processor, industrialist, philanthropist
- Howard Kippenberger (1897–1957), major general
- Charles Kelling (1818–1898), emigration agent, farmer and community leader
- Fedor Kelling (1820–1909), member of the New Zealand Parliament; brother of Charles Kelling
- Josh Kronfeld (born 1971), TV presenter and rugby union footballer
- David Lange (1942–2005), 32nd Prime Minister of New Zealand
- Oscar Natzka (1912–1951), operatic singer
- Arnold Nordmeyer (1901–1989), member of the New Zealand Parliament
- William Ott (1872–1951), 28th Mayor of Invercargill
- Eve Poole (1924–1992), 41st Mayor of Invercargill
- Victoria Schmidt, actress
- Karl Urban (born 1972), actor
- Johan Wohlers (1811–1885), Lutheran missionary
- Lutheran Church of Australia and New Zealand
- History of the Lutheran Church of Australia and New Zealand
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