Min Nan Chinese in New Zealand

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Min Nan people are also called Hokkien or Hoklo. Their ancestral home is southern Fujian Province in southeastern China. Some fled to Taiwan during Japanese occupancy in 1895.

There have been two major waves of Chinese immigrants to New Zealand. One was in the mid 19th century when there was a gold rush. The Chinese came mainly from Guangdong Province, which is next to Fujian. After WWII, there was another wave of Chinese immigrants who were escaping the communist takeover of China.

Where Are they Located?

Most of the Chinese migrants to New Zealand live near Auckland.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Chinese immigrants in New Zealand have a strong desire for education as a means toward economic advancement. They make sure their children get a good education. This often means they try to prepare their children for higher education even at an early age while the local New Zealanders are focusing their children on playful aspects of education.

There is a difference between the economic well-being of New Zealand born Chinese and the foreign-born Chinese. Those born in New Zealand have a much lower unemployment rate, and they earn even higher wages than the White population. Language skills probably account for some of this. The ethnic Chinese population, be they domestic or foreign born, tend to work in the food industry or retail trade.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The primary religion practiced by the Min Nan Chinese is ethnic religion. Ethnic religion is deeply rooted in a people's ethnic identity and conversion essentially equates to cultural assimilation or even betrayal. These beliefs are usually much weaker for those who have lived in the host country for at least a generation.

What Are Their Needs?

The Min Nan Chinese in New Zealand need a spiritual hunger that will give them the desire to seek and find the one who gives life to the full.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Han Chinese, Min Nan in New Zealand.

* Pray for Min Nan people to be able to find jobs in New Zealand where they can contribute to their host country and flourish economically.
* Pray for other Han Chinese groups in New Zealand to disciple those who are spiritually hungry in the ways of Jesus.
* Pray for a Disciple-Making movement among the Min Nan people to flourish in New Zealand.



Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
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People Name General Han Chinese, Min Nan
People Name in Country Han Chinese, Min Nan
Natural Name Min Nan Chinese
Pronunciation min nahn
Population this Country 6,000
Population all Countries 58,258,000
Total Countries 18
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Amoy; Chaozhou; Fukien; Fukienese; Hainanese; Hokkien; Hoklo; Holo; Min Nan; Shanghainese; Southern Min; Taiwanese; Teochew; Totok
People ID 11344
ROP3 Code 102140
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
Primary Language Chinese, Min Nan (6,000 speakers)
Language Code nan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Chinese, Min Nan (6,000 speakers)
Language Code nan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Chinese, Min Nan

Primary Language:  Chinese, Min Nan

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1875-1916)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1896-1974)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1922-1996)
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 Amoy Bible
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Gimchua's Family (EngSub)
Film / Video Gimchua's Family (HanSub)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Chinese, Min Nan
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 Hope
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from Faith Comes By Hearing
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Chinese Union Version, Shangti Edition, Simplified
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Chinese Union Version, Shen Edition, Simplified
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Revised Chinese Union Version, Traditional
Text / Printed Matter Bible: 新譯本(繁體字版)
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
35.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
62.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
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Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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