More Hindu temples to come up in New Zealand
According to 2006 statistics, there are 64,392 Hindus in New Zealand.Updated: Apr 20, 2007, 11:34 IST
The number of temples in New Zealand is set to increase with more Hindu immigrants seeking to express their cultural roots, a report said.
According to Statistics New Zealand, which released its culture and identity report based on last year's census data on Thursday, there are 64,392 Hindus in 2006, up 61.8 percent since the last census was conducted.
Besides, there are 36,072 Muslims, up 52.6 percent, and 9,507 Sikhs, up 83 per cent.
The report said that although the number of Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims remained small compared with the country's main Christian denominations, they have increased dramatically in percentage terms.
The report also found that Asians remained the fastest growing ethnic group in New Zealand. The Asian population grew by almost half in the five years between censuses - to 354,552 people.
And their growth in numbers far outstripped the 7.8 per cent expansion of New Zealand's total population, to 4.03 million, the New Zealand Herald reported.
Most Asians are concentrated in Auckland, which, as New Zealand's leading centre for migrant entry, cemented its status as the dominant region for ethnic diversity, the report found.
Jim Veitch, a religious professor at the Victoria University, said migrant communities commonly wanted "to advertise the fact we are here" by constructing religious buildings.
"That's classic stuff. That's done in migrant communities all over the world. It's a matter of expressing identity. That lasts for two generations normally," he added.