The editors said they did not mean offence but would not back down.
Prime Minister Helen Clark and opposition leader Don Brash both made statements that the cartoons were not appreciated if they deeply offended members of the New Zealand community, but that such decisions were for editors to make, not politicians.
The first Islamic centre was started in 1959 and there are now several mosques and two Islamic schools.
In April 1979, Mazhar Krasniqi brought together the three regional Muslim organisations of Canterbury, Wellington and Auckland, to create the only national Islamic body – the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ).
He was honoured for his efforts by the New Zealand government in 2002, receiving a Queens Service Medal.
In 2006, two newspapers in New Zealand decided to republish controversial Danish cartoons depicting Muhammad, the prophet of Islam.
The Muslim community registered their displeasure through press statements and a small peaceful march in Auckland.
In the early 1900s three important Gujarati Muslim families came from India.
The first Islamic organisation in New Zealand, the New Zealand Muslim Association (NZMA), was established in Auckland in 1950.
Soon after his arrival he was also appointed senior religious adviser to the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand.
The majority of New Zealand Muslims are Sunni but there is a large number of Shias who live in New Zealand, concentrated mainly in Auckland (the largest city of New Zealand).
Small numbers of Muslim immigrants from South Asia and eastern Europe settled from the early 1900s until the 1960s.
Large-scale Muslim immigration began in the 1970s with the arrival of Fiji Indians, followed in the 1990s by refugees from various war-torn countries.
Muslim leaders and the editors got together with the Race Relations office, and Jewish and Christian representatives in Wellington.