Turkish New Zealanders

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Turkish New Zealanders
Total population
plus c. 1,600 Turkish Cypriots[2]
Regions with significant populations
Wellington · Dunedin · Christchurch · Auckland
New Zealand English, Turkish

Turkish New Zealanders or New Zealand Turks are Turkish people who are New Zealand citizens, residents of New Zealand, or people who are of Turkic descent. Many operate their own businesses specialising in tradition Turkish food, such as kebab, baklava, and Turkish delight.[3]


According to New Zealand census figures, the number of residents born in Turkey is steadily increasing (note that these figures do not include New Zealand-born Turks):

Year Turkish population
1921 21
1951 28
1976 201
2001 396
2006 600
2013 810
(Source: New Zealand Census)[4]

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ "How many Turks living in New Zealand?". Pearl of the Islands Foundation. Retrieved 29 October 2008. [dead link]
  2. ^ Türkel, Esra (26 July 2012). "Sözünüzü tutun" [Keep your promise] (in Turkish). starkibris.net. Retrieved 7 January 2018. 
  3. ^ Veitch, James; Tinawi, Dalia (8 February 2005). "Other Middle Eastern peoples: The Turks and others". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 7 January 2018. 
  4. ^ Veitch, James; Tinawi, Dalia (25 March 2015). "Middle Eastern peoples: Facts and figures: Country Of Birth". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 7 January 2018. 

External links

  • Pearl of the Islands Foundation, a Turkish cultural foundation in New Zealand
  • New Zealand Turkish Society
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