Sikhism in New Zealand
|Regions with significant populations|
|Auckland · Bay of Plenty · Waikato|
|English · Punjabi|
Sikhism is the fifth most adhered to religion in New Zealand, with 0.88% of New Zealanders identifying themselves as Sikhs. Small numbers of Sikh immigrants from Punjab settled in New Zealand from the late 1800s. Large-scale Sikh immigration began after changes to immigration policies in the 1980s. The New Zealand Sikh Society was established in 1964 and first Sikh Gurdwara opened in 1977.
Although Indians have lived in the country since at least 1810, the first confirmed Sikhs to live in New Zealand were two brothers - Phunam Singh and Bir Singh Gill. Bir Singh, from the Moga district of Punjab, was a herbalist who married and lived among the Maori on the North Island. A small wave of Sikhs arrived in New Zealand between 1890 and 1910; mostly immigrants from Punjab. Most Sikhs settled in Waikato, Auckland, Wellington, or Christchurch.
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 people affiliating with the Sikh religion more than tripled since 2006. In 2018 there were more than 40,000 Sikhs in New Zealand.
There are around 150,000 Sikhs in London to the 40,000 Sikhs in New Zealand with 1.54% of London’s population following the Sikh religion against New Zealand's 0.88%.
This is a list of Gurdwaras in New Zealand.
|Begampura Gurdwara Sahib||1/9 Vernon St, Papakura 2110||Auckland|
|Gurdwara Guru Ravidass Sabha||193 Havelock Nth Road, Hastings||Hawke's Bay|
|Dukh Niwaran Sahib||7/46 Broadway, Papakura 2110||Auckland|
|Gurdwara Sahib North Shore||128 Sunnybrae Rd, Hillcrest 0627||Auckland|
|Guru Hargobind Sahib Patshahi 6||114 Wiri Station Rd, Wiri, Manukau 2110||Auckland|
|Guru Nanak Sikh Temple||399 Greenhill Rd, Puketaha, Hamilton 3281||Waikato|
|Gurdwara Sahib Linwood||692 Gloucester St, Linwood, Christchurch 8062||Canterbury|
|Gurdwara Sahib Hastings||402 Eastbourne St E, Hastings 4122||Hawke's Bay|
|Gurdwara Sahib Naenae||4-10 Vogel St, Naenae, Lower Hutt 5011||Wellington|
|Gurdwara Sahib Palmerston North||7 Amesbury St, Palmerston North 4410||Manawatu-Wanganui|
|Gurdwara Sahib Te Puke||26 No 3 Rd, Te Puke 3183||Bay of Plenty|
|Gurdwara Sikh Sangat||43 Burrows St, Tauranga South, Tauranga 3112||Bay of Plenty|
|Jagat Guru Nanak Sahib||29 Kilmarnock St, Riccarton, Christchurch 8011||Canterbury|
|Kalgidhar Sahib Tauranga||322 Cheyne Rd, Pyes Pa 3112||Bay of Plenty|
|Mata Sahib Kaur||23 Bryant Rd, Te Rapa, Hamilton 3200||Hamilton|
|Nanaksar Thath Isher Darbar Manurewa||100 Great South Rd, Manurewa 2102||Auckland|
|New Zealand Sikh Society Hamilton||6391 Te Rapa Rd, Horotiu 3288||Hamilton|
|Shri Fateh Sahib||Botanical Rd, West End, Palmerston North 4412||Manawatu-Wanganui|
|Shri Guru Ravidas Temple||1998 Great S Rd, Bombay 2675||Auckland|
|Shri Guru Teg Bahadur||24 Dunnotar Rd, Papatoetoe 2025||Auckland|
|Singh Sabha Christchurch||537 Ferry Rd, Woolston, Christchurch 8023||Canterbury|
|Sri Dasmesh Darbar Kolmar||158 Kolmar Rd, Papatoetoe 2025||Auckland|
|Sri Guru Amardas Sahib||24 Ward Ave, Fenton Park, Rotorua 3010||Bay of Plenty|
|Sri Guru Arjan||132 St Georges Rd, Avondale 0600||Auckland|
|Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Patshahi 6||84 Lady Ruby Dr, Dannemora 2013||Auckland|
|Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib||3034 Great North Rd, New Lynn 0600||Auckland|
|Sri Guru Nanak Dev Sikh Sangat Otahuhu||120 Princes St, Otahuhu 1062||Auckland|
|Sri Guru Singh Sabha||127 Shirley Rd, Papatoetoe 2025||Auckland|
|Sri Kalgidhar Sahib Takanini||70 Takanini School Rd, Takanini 2112||Auckland|
|Whangarei Gurudwara Sahib||23 Water St, Whangarei 0110||Northland|
- Ish Sodhi – New Zealand national cricketer
- Kanwal Singh Bakshi – National Party MP
- Sukhi Turner – former mayor of Dunedin
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