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In 2013, the largest single religion in the Porirua City was Catholic, with 14.1% of the population or 7,308 people as adherents.

The Porirua 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 Porirua 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
Porirua City20132006Change
Religion - multi-responseNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2006 to 2013
Catholic7,30814.113.77,45515.415.2-147
Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed4,9989.76.45,55011.48.1-552
Anglican4,4858.711.05,19310.713.9-708
Christian nfd3,2196.24.82,5955.34.5+624
Other Christian religions1,5363.02.81,5933.33.1-57
Pentecostal1,3262.61.71,3772.81.9-51
Latter Day Saints1,1012.10.71,2392.60.8-138
Methodist1,0322.01.71,1252.32.1-93
Baptist6931.31.16631.41.2+30
Buddhist6931.31.55551.11.4+138
Ratana5071.00.67381.50.8-231
Hindu4830.92.23450.71.8+138
Islam/Muslim4020.80.94801.00.8-78
Other religions2130.40.41890.40.4+24
Spiritualism and new age religions1980.40.51920.40.6+6
Ringatu1740.30.22400.50.3-66
Judaism/Jewish810.20.3630.10.3+18
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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
Porirua City20132006Change
Religion - totals - multi-responseNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2006 to 2013
map this data in atlas.idTotal Christian25,69849.743.926,79055.250.9-1,092
Total Māori Christian
6871.30.89782.01.1-291
map this data in atlas.idTotal Non Christian2,0704.05.71,8243.85.3+246
map this data in atlas.idNo religion17,83534.540.713,91728.733.9+3,918
Not stated / included
6,79513.111.16,73813.911.8+57
Total population
51,717100.0100.048,546100.0100.0+3,171
Total respondents
44,92286.988.941,80886.188.2+3,114
Total responses
53,085102.6102.250,247103.5103.0+2,838

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, Wellington Region: 13.7% Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed, Wellington Region: 6.4% Anglican, Wellington Region: 11.0% Christian nfd, Wellington Region: 4.8% Other Christian religions, Wellington Region: 2.8% Pentecostal, Wellington Region: 1.7% Latter Day Saints, Wellington Region: 0.7% Methodist, Wellington Region: 1.7% Buddhist, Wellington Region: 1.5% Baptist, Wellington Region: 1.1% Catholic, Porirua City: 14.1% Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed, Porirua City: 9.7% Anglican, Porirua City: 8.7% Christian nfd, Porirua City: 6.2% Other Christian religions, Porirua City: 3.0% Pentecostal, Porirua City: 2.6% Latter Day Saints, Porirua City: 2.1% Methodist, Porirua City: 2.0% Buddhist, Porirua City: 1.3% Baptist, Porirua City: 1.3%
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, Porirua City: -147 Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed, Porirua City: -552 Anglican, Porirua City: -708 Christian nfd, Porirua City: +624 Other Christian religions, Porirua City: -57 Pentecostal, Porirua City: -51 Latter Day Saints, Porirua City: -138 Methodist, Porirua City: -93 Buddhist, Porirua City: +138 Baptist, Porirua City: +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 Porirua City 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, 55.0% of the population nominated a religion, and 34.5% said they had no religion, compared with 50.4% and 40.7% respectively for the Wellington Region.

The largest single religion in the Porirua City was Catholic, with 14.1% of the population or 7,308 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the Porirua City and the Wellington Region were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed (9.7% compared to 6.4%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Latter Day Saints (2.1% compared to 0.7%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Christian nfd (6.2% compared to 4.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (8.7% compared to 11.0%)

Note: Percentages(%) are based on total population

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-708 responses)
  • Christian nfd (+624 responses)
  • Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed (-552 responses)
  • Ratana (-231 responses)

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