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Hindu population in New Zealand in 2022

Hindu population in New Zealand: New Zealand is considered to be one of the best countries in the world. It is a sovereign country in the southwestern part of the Pacific Ocean. The current capital city of the country is Wellington, and the largest city is Auckland. Both these cities are on the North Island. The largest city on the South Island is Christchurch. Currently, the population of New Zealand is 50.8 million in 2022. In this article, we will know how much is the Hindu population in New Zealand.

Hindu population in New Zealand

Hindu population in New Zealand

According to the 2018 census, New Zealand has a Hindu population of approximately 123,534, which is 2.43% of the total population. Hinduism is the second largest religion in New Zealand. It is one of the fastest growing religions in New Zealand. In New Zealand, Hindus are still migrating from all over India, with the largest population being the Gujarati group.

In 1836 the missionary William Colenso observed local women using a broken bronze bell to boil potatoes near ‘Wangarei’. It was written in very old Tamil script. The discovery has led to speculation that Tamil-speaking Hindus may have visited New Zealand hundreds of years ago.

However, the first settlement of Hindus in New Zealand dates back to the arrival of Indian troops in the 19th century, with the first communities from Punjab and Gujarat arriving in the 1890s. Till the 1980s, almost all Hindu migrants came from Gujarat. Later they arrived from all over India and elsewhere including Sri Lanka, Malaysia and South Africa.

Hindu organizations in New Zealand

In New Zealand, the first Hindu organization, the Hindu Council of New Zealand (HCNZ), was formed in the mid-1990s and is affiliated with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, a global Hindu organisation. HCNZ has hosted the annual New Zealand Hindu Conferences since 2007.

It has also established Hindu Heritage Centre, Hindu Social Service Foundation, Hindu Elders Foundation and Hindu Youth New Zealand, and runs youth and family camps. In 2010 HCNZ launched Hindu Organizations, Temples and Associations (HOTA), a representative body for Hindu groups in New Zealand. Other Hindu organizations include Ramakrishna Mission, Chinmaya Mission, Sathya Sai Sangathan, Art of Living Foundation, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, Seva International and Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation. Today there are Hindu temples in all the major cities of New Zealand.

According to a survey conducted by Victoria University Wellington in 2019, it was found that New Zealanders believe Hindus to be more trustworthy than atheists, Protestants, Muslims, Catholics and Evangelicals. About 28.3 percent of New Zealanders have full or high trust in Hindus, while 19.9 percent have little or no trust at all. Jews and Hindus in New Zealand hold the highest level of education.

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