Sikhism in New Zealand

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Sikhism is the fifth most adhered to religion in New Zealand, with 0.49% of New Zealanders identifying themselves as Sikhs.[1] 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.[2]

Sikh communities[edit]

Sikhs started arriving in New Zealand at the end of the 19th century; most immigrants arrived from Punjab.[3] Most Sikhs settled in Waikato, Auckland, Wellington, or Christchurch.

There is a significant history of many Punjabis being dairy farmers throughout New Zealand,[citation needed] 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.[4]

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.


This is a list of Gurdwaras in New Zealand.

Name Location District
Begampura Gurdwara Sahib 1/9 Vernon St, Papakura 2110 Auckland
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

Notable Sikhs[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2013 Census QuickStats about culture and identity – tables". Statistics New Zealand. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  2. ^ Morris, Paul. "Diverse religions - Sikhs". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  3. ^ McLeod, W. H. "Dictionary of New Zealand Biography". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
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