French New Zealander

French New Zealander

French New Zealander
Total population
3,819 (by ancestry)
2,475 (by birth)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Auckland · Wellington
New Zealand English · French
Christianity (mainly Roman Catholicism· Judaism
Related ethnic groups
French Australians

French New Zealanders are New Zealanders who are of French ancestry or a French-born person who resides in New Zealand.

The French were amongst the earlier European settlers in New Zealand, and established a colony at Akaroa on the South Island.

Captain Jean-François Marie de Surville is the first known Frenchman to have visited New Zealand, in 1769, and by the 1830s, French whalers were operating off the Banks Peninsula.

In 1835, Jean-Baptiste François Pompallier was the first bishop of any denomination in New Zealand.

See also


  1. ^ Tessa Copland. "French - Facts and figures". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 

External links

  • Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand: French