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Religion

In 2013, the largest single religion in the Far North District was Anglican, with 14.9% of the population or 8,307 people as adherents.

The Far North District's religion statistics provide an indicator of cultural identity and ethnicity when observed in conjunction with other key variables. Religion data reveal the major concentrations of religions as well as revealing the proportion of people with no religious affiliation. There are a number of reasons for different religious compositions across areas including the country of birth and ethnic background of the population, the age of the population (belief in religion is generally stronger, the older the population) and changes in values and belief systems.

The Far North District's religion statistics should be analysed in conjunction with Ethnicity statistics, Māori Descent, Country of Birth data and Languages Spoken data to assist in identifying specific cultural and ethnic groups.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is your religion?'.

Multi-response

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Far North District20132006Change
Religion - multi-responseNumber% of total populationNorthland Region %Number% of total populationNorthland Region %2006 to 2013
Anglican8,30714.913.19,97817.916.0-1,671
Catholic5,2749.59.15,83210.410.0-558
Christian nfd3,0065.45.72,6794.85.5+327
Ratana2,6884.83.23,0905.53.7-402
Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed1,9953.64.82,4574.46.0-462
Methodist1,4852.72.51,8483.33.1-363
Other Christian religions1,4102.52.81,4852.73.0-75
Latter Day Saints1,1612.11.71,4732.62.1-312
Pentecostal6901.21.57951.41.8-105
Baptist4470.81.16001.11.1-153
Buddhist3180.60.62700.50.5+48
Other religions3060.50.52970.50.5+9
Spiritualism and new age religions2640.50.52520.50.5+12
Hindu2340.40.52010.40.4+33
Islam/Muslim870.20.2810.10.1+6
Ringatu870.20.11170.20.2-30
Judaism/Jewish780.10.1570.10.1+21
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Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Excludes religions with fewer than 20 adherents, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Religion - Totals
Far North District20132006Change
Religion - totals - multi-responseNumber% of total populationNorthland Region %Number% of total populationNorthland Region %2006 to 2013
map this data in atlas.idTotal Christian23,77542.742.227,14748.648.6-3,372
Total Māori Christian
2,8295.13.43,2555.83.9-426
map this data in atlas.idTotal Non Christian1,2872.32.41,1582.12.0+129
map this data in atlas.idNo religion18,16532.637.014,70926.330.6+3,456
Not stated / included
11,37920.417.611,46320.518.0-84
Total population
55,731100.0100.055,842100.0100.0-111
Total respondents
44,35279.682.444,37979.582.0-27
Total responses
57,435103.1102.657,732103.4103.0-297

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Religion, 2013
Religion, 2013 Anglican, Northland Region: 13.1% Catholic, Northland Region: 9.1% Christian nfd, Northland Region: 5.7% Ratana, Northland Region: 3.2% Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed, Northland Region: 4.8% Methodist, Northland Region: 2.5% Other Christian religions, Northland Region: 2.8% Latter Day Saints, Northland Region: 1.7% Pentecostal, Northland Region: 1.5% Baptist, Northland Region: 1.1% Anglican, Far North District: 14.9% Catholic, Far North District: 9.5% Christian nfd, Far North District: 5.4% Ratana, Far North District: 4.8% Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed, Far North District: 3.6% Methodist, Far North District: 2.7% Other Christian religions, Far North District: 2.5% Latter Day Saints, Far North District: 2.1% Pentecostal, Far North District: 1.2% Baptist, Far North District: 0.8%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in religion, 2006 to 2013
Change in religion, 2006 to 2013 Anglican, Far North District: -1,671 Catholic, Far North District: -558 Christian nfd, Far North District: +327 Ratana, Far North District: -402 Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed, Far North District: -462 Methodist, Far North District: -363 Other Christian religions, Far North District: -75 Latter Day Saints, Far North District: -312 Pentecostal, Far North District: -105 Baptist, Far North District: -153
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the religious affiliation of the population of the Far North District in 2013 compared to the Northland Region shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 50.0% of the population nominated a religion, and 32.6% said they had no religion, compared with 48.0% and 37.0% respectively for the Northland Region.

The largest single religion in the Far North District was Anglican, with 14.9% of the population or 8,307 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the Far North District and the Northland Region were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (14.9% compared to 13.1%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Ratana (4.8% compared to 3.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed (3.6% compared to 4.8%)

Note: Percentages(%) are based on total population

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in the Far North District between 2006 and 2013 were for those who nominated:

  • Anglican (-1,671 responses)
  • Catholic (-558 responses)
  • Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed (-462 responses)
  • Ratana (-402 responses)

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