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The Wellington Region

Religion

In 2013, the largest single religion in the Wellington Region was Catholic, with 13.7% of the population or 64,497 people as adherents.

The Wellington Region'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 Wellington Region'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
Wellington Region20132006Change
Religion - multi-responseNumber% of total populationNorth Island %Number% of total populationNorth Island %2006 to 2013
Catholic64,49713.711.768,32215.212.8-3,825
Anglican51,81911.010.562,58013.913.4-10,761
Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed30,2226.46.836,5438.18.7-6,321
Christian nfd22,7734.85.320,2684.54.8+2,505
Other Christian religions13,3712.82.713,7913.12.8-420
Hindu10,2692.22.68,0881.82.0+2,181
Pentecostal8,0221.71.98,5741.92.1-552
Methodist7,9501.72.69,3932.13.3-1,443
Buddhist6,9241.51.56,5041.41.4+420
Baptist5,1391.11.35,4181.21.4-279
Islam/Muslim4,0080.91.33,7080.81.0+300
Latter Day Saints3,2040.71.23,6540.81.3-450
Ratana2,7540.61.23,6120.81.5-858
Spiritualism and new age religions2,3760.50.42,5290.60.5-153
Other religions2,0670.40.91,8030.40.7+264
Judaism/Jewish1,1790.30.21,2180.30.2-39
Ringatu9750.20.41,3200.30.5-345
Other maori christian religions600.00.0360.00.0+24
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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
Wellington Region20132006Change
Religion - totals - multi-responseNumber% of total populationNorth Island %Number% of total populationNorth Island %2006 to 2013
Total Christian206,99743.944.0228,54350.950.6-21,546
Total Māori Christian3,7890.81.64,9681.12.1-1,179
Total Non Christian26,8235.77.023,8505.35.8+2,973
No religion191,77840.737.3152,37033.931.3+39,408
Not stated / included52,39211.112.652,76411.813.7-372
Total population471,315100.0100.0448,959100.0100.0+22,356
Total respondents418,92388.987.4396,19588.286.3+22,728
Total responses481,779102.2102.4462,495103.0103.5+19,284

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 Catholic, North Island: 11.7% Anglican, North Island: 10.5% Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed, North Island: 6.8% Christian nfd, North Island: 5.3% Other Christian religions, North Island: 2.7% Hindu, North Island: 2.6% Pentecostal, North Island: 1.9% Methodist, North Island: 2.6% Buddhist, North Island: 1.5% Baptist, North Island: 1.3% Catholic, Wellington Region: 13.7% Anglican, Wellington Region: 11.0% Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed, Wellington Region: 6.4% Christian nfd, Wellington Region: 4.8% Other Christian religions, Wellington Region: 2.8% Hindu, Wellington Region: 2.2% Pentecostal, Wellington Region: 1.7% Methodist, Wellington Region: 1.7% Buddhist, Wellington Region: 1.5% Baptist, Wellington Region: 1.1%
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 Catholic, Wellington Region: -3,825 Anglican, Wellington Region: -10,761 Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed, Wellington Region: -6,321 Christian nfd, Wellington Region: +2,505 Other Christian religions, Wellington Region: -420 Hindu, Wellington Region: +2,181 Pentecostal, Wellington Region: -552 Methodist, Wellington Region: -1,443 Buddhist, Wellington Region: +420 Baptist, Wellington Region: -279
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 Wellington Region in 2013 compared to the North Island shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 50.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 40.7% said they had no religion, compared with 52.5% and 37.3% respectively for the North Island.

The largest single religion in the Wellington Region was Catholic, with 13.7% of the population or 64,497 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the Wellington Region and the North Island were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Catholic (13.7% compared to 11.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Methodist (1.7% compared to 2.6%)

Note: Percentages(%) are based on total population

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in the Wellington Region between 2006 and 2013 were for those who nominated:

  • Anglican (-10,761 responses)
  • Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed (-6,321 responses)
  • Catholic (-3,825 responses)
  • Christian nfd (+2,505 responses)

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