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Religion

In 2013, the largest single religion in the Masterton District was Anglican, with 16.7% of the population or 3,897 people as adherents.

The Masterton 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 Masterton 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
Masterton District20132006Change
Religion - multi-responseNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2006 to 2013
Anglican3,89716.711.04,50919.913.9-612
Catholic2,2449.613.72,58311.415.2-339
Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed2,0708.96.42,59811.58.1-528
Christian nfd1,1915.14.89754.34.5+216
Other Christian religions6182.62.85312.33.1+87
Methodist5222.21.75702.52.1-48
Pentecostal3841.61.74201.91.9-36
Ratana2791.20.63661.60.8-87
Latter Day Saints1920.80.72010.90.8-9
Buddhist1170.51.5870.41.4+30
Hindu1140.52.2630.31.8+51
Spiritualism and new age religions1140.50.51080.50.6+6
Baptist1050.41.11140.51.2-9
Other religions990.40.4900.40.4+9
Ringatu360.20.2570.30.3-21
Judaism/Jewish360.20.3270.10.3+9
Islam/Muslim270.10.9210.10.8+6
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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
Masterton District20132006Change
Religion - totals - multi-responseNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2006 to 2013
Total Christian11,22348.143.912,50155.350.9-1,278
Total Māori Christian3151.30.84231.91.1-108
Total Non Christian5072.25.73961.85.3+111
No religion9,24639.640.77,15231.633.9+2,094
Not stated / included2,66111.411.12,83812.511.8-177
Total population23,352100.0100.022,623100.0100.0+729
Total respondents20,69188.688.919,78587.588.2+906
Total responses23,952102.6102.223,310103.0103.0+642

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, Wellington Region: 11.0% Catholic, Wellington Region: 13.7% Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed, Wellington Region: 6.4% Christian nfd, Wellington Region: 4.8% Other Christian religions, Wellington Region: 2.8% Methodist, Wellington Region: 1.7% Pentecostal, Wellington Region: 1.7% Ratana, Wellington Region: 0.6% Latter Day Saints, Wellington Region: 0.7% Buddhist, Wellington Region: 1.5% Anglican, Masterton District: 16.7% Catholic, Masterton District: 9.6% Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed, Masterton District: 8.9% Christian nfd, Masterton District: 5.1% Other Christian religions, Masterton District: 2.6% Methodist, Masterton District: 2.2% Pentecostal, Masterton District: 1.6% Ratana, Masterton District: 1.2% Latter Day Saints, Masterton District: 0.8% Buddhist, Masterton District: 0.5%
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, Masterton District: -612 Catholic, Masterton District: -339 Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed, Masterton District: -528 Christian nfd, Masterton District: +216 Other Christian religions, Masterton District: +87 Methodist, Masterton District: -48 Pentecostal, Masterton District: -36 Ratana, Masterton District: -87 Latter Day Saints, Masterton District: -9 Buddhist, Masterton District: +30
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 Masterton District in 2013 compared to the Wellington 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, 51.6% of the population nominated a religion, and 39.6% said they had no religion, compared with 50.4% and 40.7% respectively for the Wellington Region.

The largest single religion in the Masterton District was Anglican, with 16.7% of the population or 3,897 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the Masterton District and the Wellington Region were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (16.7% compared to 11.0%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed (8.9% compared to 6.4%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Catholic (9.6% compared to 13.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Hindu (0.5% compared to 2.2%)

Note: Percentages(%) are based on total population

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-612 responses)
  • Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed (-528 responses)
  • Catholic (-339 responses)
  • Christian nfd (+216 responses)

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