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In 2013, the largest single religion in the Ruapehu District was Catholic, with 12.7% of the population or 1,506 people as adherents.

The Ruapehu 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 Ruapehu 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
Ruapehu District20132006Change
Religion - multi-responseNumber% of total populationManawatu-Wanganui Region %Number% of total populationManawatu-Wanganui Region %2006 to 2013
Catholic1,50612.711.61,89313.913.0-387
Anglican1,38311.713.11,92014.116.2-537
Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed8016.87.31,0597.89.3-258
Ratana5074.31.86184.62.1-111
Christian nfd4984.25.14683.44.5+30
Methodist2041.72.22882.12.7-84
Other Christian religions1981.73.22762.03.5-78
Baptist1741.51.02611.91.2-87
Latter Day Saints810.70.6840.60.7-3
Other religions750.60.5870.60.4-12
Pentecostal750.61.71140.82.1-39
Hindu690.60.8510.40.5+18
Ringatu660.60.2810.60.3-15
Buddhist600.50.7390.30.6+21
Spiritualism and new age religions480.40.5450.30.5+3
Islam/Muslim240.20.6210.20.4+3
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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
Ruapehu District20132006Change
Religion - totals - multi-responseNumber% of total populationManawatu-Wanganui Region %Number% of total populationManawatu-Wanganui Region %2006 to 2013
Total Christian4,92041.545.86,36346.953.2-1,443
Total Māori Christian5794.92.16995.22.4-120
Total Non Christian2852.43.12551.92.5+30
No religion4,68939.638.94,20931.031.7+480
Not stated / included1,72814.612.72,57419.013.3-846
Total population11,844100.0100.013,572100.0100.0-1,728
Total respondents10,11685.487.310,99881.086.7-882
Total responses12,201103.0102.614,100103.9103.2-1,899

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, Manawatu-Wanganui Region: 11.6% Anglican, Manawatu-Wanganui Region: 13.1% Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed, Manawatu-Wanganui Region: 7.3% Ratana, Manawatu-Wanganui Region: 1.8% Christian nfd, Manawatu-Wanganui Region: 5.1% Methodist, Manawatu-Wanganui Region: 2.2% Other Christian religions, Manawatu-Wanganui Region: 3.2% Baptist, Manawatu-Wanganui Region: 1.0% Latter Day Saints, Manawatu-Wanganui Region: 0.6% Other religions, Manawatu-Wanganui Region: 0.5% Catholic, Ruapehu District: 12.7% Anglican, Ruapehu District: 11.7% Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed, Ruapehu District: 6.8% Ratana, Ruapehu District: 4.3% Christian nfd, Ruapehu District: 4.2% Methodist, Ruapehu District: 1.7% Other Christian religions, Ruapehu District: 1.7% Baptist, Ruapehu District: 1.5% Latter Day Saints, Ruapehu District: 0.7% Other religions, Ruapehu District: 0.6%
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, Ruapehu District: -387 Anglican, Ruapehu District: -537 Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed, Ruapehu District: -258 Ratana, Ruapehu District: -111 Christian nfd, Ruapehu District: +30 Methodist, Ruapehu District: -84 Other Christian religions, Ruapehu District: -78 Baptist, Ruapehu District: -87 Latter Day Saints, Ruapehu District: -3 Other religions, Ruapehu District: -12
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 Ruapehu District in 2013 compared to the Manawatu-Wanganui Region shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 48.8% of the population nominated a religion, and 39.6% said they had no religion, compared with 51.0% and 38.9% respectively for the Manawatu-Wanganui Region.

The largest single religion in the Ruapehu District was Catholic, with 12.7% of the population or 1,506 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the Ruapehu District and the Manawatu-Wanganui Region were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Ratana (4.3% compared to 1.8%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Catholic (12.7% compared to 11.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Other Christian religions (1.7% compared to 3.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (11.7% compared to 13.1%)

Note: Percentages(%) are based on total population

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-537 responses)
  • Catholic (-387 responses)
  • Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed (-258 responses)
  • Ratana (-111 responses)

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