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In 2013, the largest single religion in the Napier City was Anglican, with 13.9% of the population or 7,968 people as adherents.

The Napier City'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 Napier City'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
Napier City20132006Change
Religion - multi-responseNumber% of total populationNew Zealand %Number% of total populationNew Zealand %2006 to 2013
Anglican7,96813.910.89,41117.013.8-1,443
Catholic6,47711.311.66,80412.312.6-327
Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed4,5728.07.85,67910.310.0-1,107
Christian nfd2,6404.65.12,2984.24.6+342
Ratana1,2092.11.01,3652.51.3-156
Other Christian religions1,1912.12.51,3142.42.7-123
Methodist9931.72.41,2662.33.0-273
Pentecostal7471.31.89211.72.0-174
Baptist5821.01.36511.21.4-69
Buddhist5611.01.44110.71.3+150
Latter Day Saints3840.71.04620.81.1-78
Spiritualism and new age religions3480.60.43630.70.5-15
Hindu2790.52.11380.21.6+141
Islam/Muslim2670.51.11440.30.9+123
Other religions2400.40.82070.40.6+33
Ringatu2040.40.32820.50.4-78
Judaism/Jewish720.10.2600.10.2+12
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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
Napier City20132006Change
Religion - totals - multi-responseNumber% of total populationNew Zealand %Number% of total populationNew Zealand %2006 to 2013
Total Christian25,55444.644.328,80652.051.2-3,252
Total Māori Christian1,4192.51.31,6473.01.7-228
Total Non Christian1,7673.16.01,3232.45.1+444
No religion23,11240.438.618,16532.832.2+4,947
Not stated / included7,24812.712.37,09812.813.3+150
Total population57,240100.0100.055,359100.0100.0+1,881
Total respondents49,99287.387.748,26187.286.7+1,731
Total responses59,100103.2102.457,039103.0103.4+2,061

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, New Zealand: 10.8% Catholic, New Zealand: 11.6% Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed, New Zealand: 7.8% Christian nfd, New Zealand: 5.1% Ratana, New Zealand: 1.0% Other Christian religions, New Zealand: 2.5% Methodist, New Zealand: 2.4% Pentecostal, New Zealand: 1.8% Baptist, New Zealand: 1.3% Buddhist, New Zealand: 1.4% Anglican, Napier City: 13.9% Catholic, Napier City: 11.3% Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed, Napier City: 8.0% Christian nfd, Napier City: 4.6% Ratana, Napier City: 2.1% Other Christian religions, Napier City: 2.1% Methodist, Napier City: 1.7% Pentecostal, Napier City: 1.3% Baptist, Napier City: 1.0% Buddhist, Napier City: 1.0%
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, Napier City: -1,443 Catholic, Napier City: -327 Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed, Napier City: -1,107 Christian nfd, Napier City: +342 Ratana, Napier City: -156 Other Christian religions, Napier City: -123 Methodist, Napier City: -273 Pentecostal, Napier City: -174 Baptist, Napier City: -69 Buddhist, Napier City: +150
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 Napier City in 2013 compared to the New Zealand shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 50.2% of the population nominated a religion, and 40.4% said they had no religion, compared with 51.5% and 38.6% respectively for the New Zealand.

The largest single religion in the Napier City was Anglican, with 13.9% of the population or 7,968 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the Napier City and the New Zealand were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (13.9% compared to 10.8%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Ratana (2.1% compared to 1.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Hindu (0.5% compared to 2.1%)

Note: Percentages(%) are based on total population

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-1,443 responses)
  • Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed (-1,107 responses)
  • Christian nfd (+342 responses)
  • Catholic (-327 responses)

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