Turkish New Zealanders
Yeni Zelanda'daki Türkler
Total population
957 (2013 census)[1]

Total: at least 3,600-4,600, including:
Turkish-New Zealanders from Turkey: est.2,000-3,000[2]
Turkish-New Zealanders from Cyprus: est.1,600[3][4]
plus smaller Turkish communities from Iraq and Syria
Regions with significant populations
Wellington · Dunedin · Christchurch · Auckland
New Zealand English, Turkish
Predominantly Sunni Islam
Minority Alevism, Other religions and Irreligion
Related ethnic groups
Turkish diaspora, Turkish Australians

Turkish New Zealanders (Turkish: Türk Yeni Zelandalılar) or New Zealand Turks (Turkish: Yeni Zelandalı Türkler) are Turkish people who are New Zealand citizens, residents of New Zealand, or people who are of Turkish descent. Most have come to New Zealand from Turkey and the island of Cyprus.

Turkish people are mostly established their own businesses specialising in traditional Turkish food, such as kebab, baklava, and Turkish delight. But these businesses don't belong to Turks anymore as most of them were sold to other people.



According to the 2013 census, the Turkish ethnic group accounted for 957 residents, which was a 49.5% increase from the 2006 census.[1] This was a greater percentage increase than the 47.6% increase between the 2001 and 2006 censuses.[1]

Areas of settlement

The majority of Turkish New Zealanders live in urban areas, mostly in the North Island (80.6%) and the remainder live in the South Island (19.4%).[1]

The Turkish community mostly live in the Auckland Region (mostly in the Waitematā Local Board, the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, and the Orakei Local Board), followed by the Wellington Region, and the Otago Region.[1]

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e "2013 Census ethnic group profiles: Turkish". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  2. ^ "How many Turks living in New Zealand?". Pearl of the Islands Foundation. Archived from the original on 13 May 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2008.
  3. ^ Vahdettin, Levent; Aksoy, Seçil; Öz, Ulaş; Orhan, Kaan (2016), Three-dimensional cephalometric norms of Turkish Cypriots using CBCT images reconstructed from a volumetric rendering program in vivo, Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, Recent estimates suggest that there are now 500,000 Turkish Cypriots living in Turkey, 300,000 in the United Kingdom, 120,000 in Australia, 5000 in the United States, 2000 in Germany, 1800 in Canada, and 1600 in New Zealand with a smaller community in South Africa.
  4. ^ Türkel, Esra (26 July 2012). "Sözünüzü tutun" [Keep your promise] (in Turkish). starkibris.net. Retrieved 7 January 2018.