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South Wairarapa District

Religion

In 2013, the largest single religion in the South Wairarapa District was Anglican, with 18.9% of the population or 1,803 people as adherents.

The South Wairarapa 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 South Wairarapa 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
South Wairarapa District20132006Change
Religion - multi-responseNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2006 to 2013
Anglican1,80318.911.01,98022.313.9-177
Catholic1,08611.413.71,09812.415.2-12
Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed7267.66.489710.18.1-171
Christian nfd3753.94.83483.94.5+27
Methodist1531.61.71742.02.1-21
Other Christian religions1411.52.81261.43.1+15
Ratana780.80.6840.90.8-6
Pentecostal720.81.7991.11.9-27
Spiritualism and new age religions630.70.5420.50.6+21
Latter Day Saints600.60.7780.90.8-18
Buddhist510.51.5300.31.4+21
Hindu270.32.2270.31.80
Other religions270.30.4300.30.4-3
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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
South Wairarapa District20132006Change
Religion - totals - multi-responseNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2006 to 2013
Total Christian4,43446.643.94,83054.350.9-396
Total Māori Christian961.00.81021.11.1-6
Total Non Christian1831.95.71471.75.3+36
No religion3,90040.940.72,82931.833.9+1,071
Not stated / included1,10711.611.11,25714.111.8-150
Total population9,525100.0100.08,889100.0100.0+636
Total respondents8,41888.488.97,63285.988.2+786
Total responses9,720102.0102.29,165103.1103.0+555

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% Methodist, Wellington Region: 1.7% Other Christian religions, Wellington Region: 2.8% Ratana, Wellington Region: 0.6% Pentecostal, Wellington Region: 1.7% Spiritualism and new age religions, Wellington Region: 0.5% Latter Day Saints, Wellington Region: 0.7% Anglican, South Wairarapa District: 18.9% Catholic, South Wairarapa District: 11.4% Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed, South Wairarapa District: 7.6% Christian nfd, South Wairarapa District: 3.9% Methodist, South Wairarapa District: 1.6% Other Christian religions, South Wairarapa District: 1.5% Ratana, South Wairarapa District: 0.8% Pentecostal, South Wairarapa District: 0.8% Spiritualism and new age religions, South Wairarapa District: 0.7% Latter Day Saints, South Wairarapa 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 Anglican, South Wairarapa District: -177 Catholic, South Wairarapa District: -12 Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed, South Wairarapa District: -171 Christian nfd, South Wairarapa District: +27 Methodist, South Wairarapa District: -21 Other Christian religions, South Wairarapa District: +15 Ratana, South Wairarapa District: -6 Pentecostal, South Wairarapa District: -27 Spiritualism and new age religions, South Wairarapa District: +21 Latter Day Saints, South Wairarapa District: -18
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 South Wairarapa District in 2013 compared to the Wellington Region shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a similar proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 49.5% of the population nominated a religion, and 40.9% said they had no religion, compared with 50.4% and 40.7% respectively for the Wellington Region.

The largest single religion in the South Wairarapa District was Anglican, with 18.9% of the population or 1,803 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (18.9% compared to 11.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Catholic (11.4% compared to 13.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Hindu (0.3% compared to 2.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Other Christian religions (1.5% compared to 2.8%)

Note: Percentages(%) are based on total population

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-177 responses)
  • Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed (-171 responses)

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