Hindi in New Zealand

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Hindi is the fourth most spoken language in the world after Mandarin Chinese, English and Spanish. If one considers the fact that Urdu and Hindi are mutually intelligible, it is the third. Hindi is one of the two official government languages of India along with English. Hindi is spoken by more than half of billion people. It is the primary language across what is known as the Hindi Belt from west to east central India. Many Hindi speakers left India during the period of the British Empire. In the second half of the 20th century, some Hindi speakers have migrated to the Pacific Island nation of New Zealand. New Zealand became a colony in the British Empire in 1841. In the year 1947 New Zealand became an independent country retaining the British monarch as head of state. The indigenous Maoris are the biggest minority followed by Asians and Pacific Islanders. Many of the people of Asian descent in New Zealand speak Hindi as their family language.

What Are Their Lives Like?

New Zealand has a highly developed economy. Sources of income include agriculture, logging, tourism, manufacturing and gold mining. There is an old joke about there being more sheep in New Zealand than people. Wool and mutton continue to contribute to the economy today. There is a wide diversity among the Hindi speakers who have departed their homeland of central India. They range from the most educated high, caste Brahmins to tribal peoples. Most of the Hindi people in New Zealand fit into the middle class as shop keepers, owners of restaurants and small businesses. Many also work in retail, trade and finance. Some professionals in medicine, science, engineering, and information technology are some of the highest paid people in New Zealand. The father is the head of the Hindi home. The mother takes care of the children and domestic responsibilities. More and more Hindi women work full time outside the home. Parents strongly encourage their children to marry within their people group and faith. They also want their children to obtain college and professional degrees. Some Hindi speak their own language at home and English on the job and with their neighbors. Some Hindi families now use English at home while the parents at the same time want their children to retain their distinctive Hindi culture.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The large majority of the Hindi speakers in New Zealand practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Hindis visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hope of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians do with their heavenly Father. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Hindi people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday. Many Hindis in New Zealand also celebrate Christian holidays. A tiny fraction of the Hindi people is evangelical Christians.

What Are Their Needs?

The Hindi people need to understand that Jesus is not another Hindu god or guru. He is the Lord and Savior of the world. The Hindi people must come to comprehend that they are sinners before a holy and righteous God. Only Jesus can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Hindi in New Zealand.

Pray for an opening of spiritual understanding among all Hindi people. Ask the Lord to lead Christ followers and churches in New Zealand to reach out and build friendships with the Hindis. Pray that the small number of Hindi Christian believers will be a light for the other Hindi people. Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Hindis in New Zealand towards Christ so that they will be receptive to the gospel. Pray that the Lord raises up a Disciple Making Movement among the Hindis of New Zealand in this decade.



Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Hindi
People Name in Country Hindi
Population this Country 67,000
Population all Countries 2,675,000
Total Countries 17
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bazaar; East Indian; High Hindi; Hindustani; Indo-Pakestani; North Indian
People ID 12106
ROP3 Code 103789
Country New Zealand
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Oceania
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country New Zealand
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Oceania
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Hindi (67,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Hindi (67,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2012)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Hindi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
97.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
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Profile Source Joshua Project  
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