"The SGI movement in New Zealand began in the mid-1960s through the efforts of a sole immigrant pioneer from Hiroshima, Japan—Mrs. Yuki Johnston. Her tireless work at planting the seeds of Nichiren Buddhism in New Zealand resulted in the formation of the first district around 26 January 1975 with only seven members.
SGI New Zealand is a grassroots Buddhist association which promotes peace through individual transformation and contribution to society. It is part of the international SGI network of 12 million members in more than 192 countries around the world. SGI members around the world share a common vision of a better world through peace, culture and education.
At the core of SGI's Buddhist philosophy is the conviction in the unbounded value and potential of every individual, and the right of all people to lead happy and fulfilled lives. SGINZ was registered as a charitable trust on 18 November 1994. Today, there are some 3,000 SGI members practising all over the country, with activity centres in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin."