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The first known records of Indians landing in New Zealand date back to the 1810s. The first arrivals consisted of Indian sailors who had absconded from their vessel and landed at South Island (Ballantyne, 2012, 105-121). Another source from around the same time referred to a group of Indian sailors set adrift after disease broke out aboard their whaling ship (The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, 1816, 2). These Indians ended up on the North Island of New Zealand. The presence of an Indian was also noted on a small island below the South Island. He…

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Singh, Harpreet, “New Zealand”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Sikhism Online, Editor-in-Chief Knut A. Jacobsen. Consulted online on 26 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2017

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