Sikhism in New Zealand
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The Sikh population in New Zealand more than doubled from 9,500 in the 2006 Census to 19,000 in the 2013 Census. 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.
There is a significant history of many Punjabis being dairy farmers throughout New Zealand, 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.
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.
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. Most recently "Gurudwara Mata Sahib Kaur Ji" gurdwara was opened in Te Rapa, Hamilton.
|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|
- Daljit Singh - Sikhism promoter
- Sukhi Turner - former mayor of Dunedin
- Kanwal Singh Bakshi - National Party MP
- Amaninder Sandhu - New Zealand's first turban-wearing police officer
- Ish Sodhi - New Zealand national cricketer
- "2013 Census QuickStats about culture and identity – tables". Statistics New Zealand. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
- "New Zealand Gurdwaras". New Zealand Sikhs. Harpreet Singh.
- "Facebook Page of Te Rapa Gurudwara". Gourav Sharma.