Nepali in New Zealand

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Many Lhotshampas, or Bhutanese Nepalis who were expelled from Bhutan, have been resettled in New Zealand after being offered settlement of 600 refugees over five years starting in 2008. In the years since 2009, there has been a dramatic increase in Nepalese international students in New Zealand attending 28 colleges and universities. Today, there are 2,500 Nepali people in New Zealand.

Where Are they Located?

Nepalis in New Zealand often live in Christchurch. Hamilton and Nelson have small Nepalese communities, with some families having gained permanent residence and citizenship, and there are others with student visas.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Many Nepalese New Zealanders work in the dairy industry while there are others who are scholars, social workers or professors. Their lives are very different because of their occupations.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Though most Nepalis in New Zealand are Hindu, there is a sizable Buddhist and Muslim minority among them. Audio, visual and complete Bible are available in their Nepali language.

What Are Their Needs?

Vocational Christians may have opportunities to live among the Nepali people in New Zealand, creating opportunities to be in daily contact with them to earn respect and confidence, and hopefully the privilege to speak God's truth into their lives.

Though Nepalis have a high standing within New Zealand culture, they are poor, needy, and without hope since they don't have the sin-bearing Savior.

Prayer Points

Nepali people in New Zealand need to see their critical need for their Savior, who loves them and desires a personal relationship with them. They need to see past their world, and see that they have no acceptance with the creator of the universe, except through His son.
Pray for believers in New Zealand to make a concerted effort to reach Nepalis for Christ.
Pray for a Disciple-Making movement among Nepalis in New Zealand.

Scripture Prayers for the Nepali, general in New Zealand.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Nepalese
People Name in Country Nepali, general
Natural Name Nepali
Alternate Names Eastern Pahari; Gurkha; Gurkhali; Gurung; Nepalese, Eastern; Paharia; नेपलीज़
Population this Country 2,900
Population all Countries 868,000
Total Countries 10
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 13317
ROP3 Code 107204
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 Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent
16.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.70 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
79.00 %
4.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Nepali (2,900 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Nepali (2,900 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Nepali

Primary Language:  Nepali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1850-1961)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1821-2010)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1914-2012)
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 Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Nepali Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video New Way (Naya Goreto) Create International
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Comic Book Version Super Bible / Comic Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Nepali YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Children and youth resources One Hope
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Nepali Literacy & Evangelism International
Text / Printed Matter The Ancient Path Live Global
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations Campus Crusade for Christ
Photo Source travelwayoflife - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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