Kanarese in New Zealand

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Kanarese is another term for the Kannada language of India's southern state of Karnataka. It is a Dravidian language, meaning that it is one of the older languages from the original inhabitants of the subcontinent. There are traces of ancient versions of this language in southern India dating back 2400 years.

Where Are they Located?

Most South Asians in New Zealand are making a good living in urban centers like Christchurch and Auckland.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Kanarese speakers blend in well with other South Asians who have migrated to New Zealand. With the exception of those who speak Bengali or Gujarati, South Asians tend to come together as one group. However, Kanarese speakers do have their own association founded in 1994. This New Zealand Kannada association is intended to preserve the language, culture and religion of Karnataka for those who have migrated to New Zealand.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most of the migrants from Karnataka state adhere to Hinduism. A few of them embrace Islam or Christianity.

What Are Their Needs?

The South Asians in New Zealand need a spiritual hunger that will give them incentive to find the abundant life only Jesus Christ offers.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kanarese in New Zealand.

* Pray for spiritual hunger to come to the Kanerese and other South Asian Hindu people groups in New Zealand.
* Pray for believers to lovingly reach out to the Kanerese in New Zealand.
* Pray for a Disciple-Making movement to flourish among them.



Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kanarese
People Name in Country Kanarese
Pronunciation kah-nah-REEZ
Population this Country 1,500
Population all Countries 84,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Canarese
People ID 12486
ROP3 Code 104555
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 Kannada (1,500 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Kannada (1,500 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kannada

Primary Language:  Kannada

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1988)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1823-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1827-2016)
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 (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Kannada
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Audio Recordings StoryRunners Oral Bible Stories
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kannada
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from Faith Comes By Hearing
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
96.00 %
0.00 %
1.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Copyrighted © 2021  Sonam Prajapati - Pixabay  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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