Country: New Zealand

Number of People Groups

87

People Groups Unreached

25 (28.7%)

Total Population

4,512,000

Unreached Population

276,000 (6.1%)

% Professing Christian

52.6%

% Evangelical

18.60 %

Largest Religion

Literacy Rate

99 %

10/40 Window

Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Professing
Christian
%
Evangelical
Afghan, general 3,400 73,000 Pashto, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Afrikaner 1,200 4,090,000 Afrikaans Christianity 90.00 % 21.00 %
 Americans, U.S. 12,000 188,897,000 English Christianity 80.00 % 28.90 %
 Amhara, Ethiopian 1,200 29,040,000 Amharic Christianity 86.00 % 1.10 %
 Anglo-Australian 22,000 17,790,000 English Christianity 70.00 % 14.40 %
 Anglo-Canadian 5,800 16,306,000 English Christianity 76.00 % 7.70 %
 Anglo-New Zealander 2,800,000 3,416,000 English Christianity 51.00 % 21.00 %
Anglo-South African 17,000 1,340,000 English Christianity 70.00 % 21.00 %
 Arab, Egyptian 1,100 58,499,000 Arabic, Egyptian Spoken Islam 16.00 % 4.00 %
 Arab, Iraqi 2,600 17,120,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 3.00 % 0.40 %
 Arab, Lebanese 1,000 11,260,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 32.00 % 0.50 %
 Assyrian 1,500 656,000 Assyrian Neo-Aramaic Christianity 96.00 % 1.00 %
Austrian, Bavarian 1,000 14,746,000 Bavarian Christianity 83.00 % 0.50 %
Black African, general 3,500 973,000 English Christianity 75.00 % 15.00 %
Brazilian, White 2,800 96,891,000 Portuguese Christianity 90.00 % 30.00 %
 British, English 39,000 51,663,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.80 %
British, Scottish 14,000 5,544,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 6.00 %
 Burmese 2,200 31,524,000 Burmese Buddhism 0.60 % 0.20 %
 Cebuano 3,200 21,249,000 Cebuano Christianity 99.00 % 15.00 %
 Chilean 1,700 16,404,000 Spanish Christianity 90.00 % 18.00 %
 Cook Islands Maori, Rarotongan 61,000 78,000 Cook Islands Maori Christianity 96.00 % 12.60 %
 Croat 2,700 5,255,000 Croatian Christianity 92.00 % 0.40 %
 Czech 1,100 10,203,000 Czech Non-Religious 28.00 % 0.80 %
 Danish 2,000 5,281,000 Danish Christianity 85.00 % 3.50 %
Deaf Unknown Unknown New Zealand Sign Language Christianity 54.00 % 0.01 %
 Dutch 28,000 15,165,000 Dutch Non-Religious 47.00 % 4.30 %
European, general 26,000 239,000 English Christianity 65.00 % 4.00 %
 Fijian 14,000 393,000 Fijian Christianity 65.00 % 25.20 %
 Filipino, Tagalog 40,000 35,942,000 Tagalog Christianity 92.00 % 12.30 %
 French 4,600 49,469,000 French Christianity 61.00 % 1.00 %
 German 13,000 64,480,000 German, Standard Christianity 64.00 % 2.10 %
 German Swiss 2,400 4,939,000 German, Swiss Christianity 76.00 % 4.40 %
 Greek 2,500 10,776,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 %
 Gujarati 24,000 1,688,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.50 % 0.10 %
 Han Chinese, Cantonese 95,000 77,290,000 Chinese, Yue Non-Religious 9.00 % 5.70 %
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 51,000 854,476,000 English Non-Religious 9.00 % 5.70 %
 Han Chinese, Min Nan 5,700 56,118,000 Chinese, Min Nan Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 1.00 %
 Han Chinese, Wu 23,000 91,899,000 Chinese, Wu Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.70 %
 Hungarian 1,400 11,570,000 Hungarian Christianity 89.00 % 2.80 %
 Indonesian 4,100 6,621,000 Indonesian Islam 16.00 % 5.60 %
Irish 14,000 8,124,000 English Christianity 92.00 % 1.50 %
 Italian 3,800 38,042,000 Italian Christianity 83.00 % 1.10 %
 Japanese 14,000 124,985,000 Japanese Buddhism 1.50 % 0.50 %
 Jew, English Speaking 7,600 6,095,000 English Ethnic Religions 0.50 % 0.20 %
Kanarese 1,400 81,000 Kannada Hinduism 3.00 % 0.00 %
 Khmer, Central 8,500 15,731,000 Khmer, Central Buddhism 3.00 % 1.40 %
Kiribertese, Gilbertese 2,100 127,000 Kiribati Christianity 98.50 % 7.00 %
 Korean 30,000 80,205,000 Korean Christianity 31.00 % 16.80 %
 Lao 1,400 3,659,000 Lao Buddhism 4.00 % 1.90 %
Latin American, general 7,600 811,000 Spanish Christianity 91.70 % 15.00 %
 Malay 4,800 11,637,000 Malay Islam 0.90 % 0.30 %
 Malayali 5,900 1,249,000 Malayalam Hinduism 15.00 % 12.00 %
 Maori, New Zealanders 595,000 637,000 Maori Christianity 65.00 % 26.00 %
 Nepali, general 2,500 756,000 Nepali Hinduism 1.00 % 0.70 %
Niuean 24,000 26,000 Niue Christianity 95.00 % 8.00 %
Pacific Islanders, general 4,200 4,400 English Christianity 95.00 % 12.00 %
 Pashtun, Pathan 1,700 44,091,000 Pashto, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Persian 3,200 40,090,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 2.00 % 1.40 %
Pitcairner, Norfolk Unknown 1,200 Pitcairn-Norfolk Christianity 100.00 % 18.00 %
 Polish 2,100 41,935,000 Polish Christianity 90.00 % 0.30 %
 Pukapuka 3,200 5,700 Pukapuka Christianity 95.00 % 5.00 %
 Rakahanga-Manihiki 3,600 5,900 Rakahanga-Manihiki Christianity 98.00 % 8.00 %
 Romanian 1,400 20,136,000 Romanian Christianity 97.00 % 5.00 %
 Russian 5,900 134,007,000 Russian Christianity 67.00 % 1.20 %
 Samoan 143,000 500,000 Samoan Christianity 97.00 % 18.00 %
 Serb 1,000 7,848,000 Serbian Christianity 81.00 % 0.60 %
 Shaikh 1,600 236,064,000 Bengali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Sinhalese 1,000 11,080,000 Sinhala Buddhism 3.00 % 0.50 %
Slovene 1,800 1,985,000 Slovene Christianity 95.00 % 0.30 %
 Somali 1,600 19,457,000 Somali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 South Asian, Bengali-Speaking 3,200 1,475,000 Bengali Islam 1.00 % 0.13 %
 South Asian, general 154,000 10,799,000 English Hinduism 4.00 % 2.00 %
 Spaniard 2,000 28,630,000 Spanish Christianity 77.00 % 1.00 %
 Swahili 1,500 892,000 Swahili Islam 1.00 % 0.80 %
 Swedish 1,400 8,869,000 Swedish Christianity 57.00 % 7.00 %
 Tahitian 1,400 79,000 Tahitian Christianity 90.00 % 15.00 %
 Tamil (Hindu traditions) 9,200 7,260,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Telugu 4,600 770,000 Telugu Hinduism 3.00 % 0.60 %
 Thai, Northeastern, Isan 8,000 18,104,000 Thai, Northeastern Buddhism 0.80 % 0.10 %
Tokelauan 7,100 8,200 Tokelauan Christianity 100.00 % 3.40 %
Tongan 60,000 221,000 Tongan Christianity 96.00 % 15.50 %
 Turk 1,600 59,170,000 Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Tuvaluan 3,500 15,000 Tuvaluan Christianity 95.00 % 15.00 %
 Ukrainian 800 38,181,000 Ukrainian Christianity 79.00 % 3.80 %
 Urdu 6,800 1,751,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Vietnamese 6,600 83,842,000 Vietnamese Buddhism 9.00 % 1.80 %
 Welsh 3,700 1,362,000 Welsh Christianity 60.00 % 6.00 %
  Totals:  87 4,512,000       25   52.63 % 18.60 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 53,000              
  UN Country Population (2016) 4,565,000              
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RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
1.4 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 18.6 %)
52.6 %
Ethnic Religions
1.8 %
Hinduism
3.1 %
Islam
1.8 %
Non-Religious
38.0 %
Other / Small Religions
1.3 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
15.0 %
Independent
11.3 %
Orthodox
1.0 %
Other Christian
11.1 %
Protestant
35.9 %
Roman Catholic
24.6 %
Notes:

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total number of Christians to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

Networking Possibilities

Search the Web
There are many agencies and churches looking for additional staff to help them in their mission and calling in New Zealand. Internet searches are probably the best way to find these organizations. The following are some example search topics you might try:

  • Church planting agencies in New Zealand
  • Christian ministry in New Zealand
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
  • Long term Christian missions
  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
  • Bible translation opportunities
  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

Ministry Listing
Below is a partial list of ministries that may work in New Zealand or South Pacific. The lists below do not include all ministries at work in this country or region. This data is from circa 2006-2008 and is not being maintained by Joshua Project. There are likely many excellent ministries not listed here. Inclusion here is not an endorsement by Joshua Project.

New Zealand Statistics
People Groups 87
Unreached People Groups 25  (28.7%)
Population 4,512,000
Population in Unreached 276,000  (6.1%)
Urbanization 86%
Continent Oceania
Region South Pacific
10/40 Window No
Country Code NZ
Official National Language English
Secondary National Language Maori
Literacy Rate 99%
Estimated Illiterate Population 45,000
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Professing Christian 52.6%
Percent Evangelical 18.6%
Country Progress Level 5
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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