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In 2013, the largest single religion in the Upper Hutt City was Catholic, with 15.7% of the population or 6,294 people as adherents.

The Upper Hutt 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 Upper Hutt 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
Upper Hutt City20132006Change
Religion - multi-responseNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2006 to 2013
Catholic6,29415.713.76,39016.615.2-96
Anglican4,64111.611.05,65814.713.9-1,017
Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed2,8117.06.43,2648.58.1-453
Christian nfd2,0765.24.81,9235.04.5+153
Other Christian religions9032.22.89542.53.1-51
Methodist7351.81.77952.12.1-60
Pentecostal7291.81.77862.01.9-57
Baptist5581.41.15941.51.2-36
Hindu4321.12.22490.61.8+183
Buddhist3931.01.53570.91.4+36
Ratana2880.70.63420.90.8-54
Latter Day Saints2520.60.72640.70.8-12
Spiritualism and new age religions2100.50.52610.70.6-51
Other religions1860.50.41410.40.4+45
Islam/Muslim1680.40.91380.40.8+30
Ringatu900.20.21410.40.3-51
Judaism/Jewish420.10.3600.20.3-18
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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
Upper Hutt City20132006Change
Religion - totals - multi-responseNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2006 to 2013
map this data in atlas.idTotal Christian18,99947.343.920,62853.750.9-1,629
Total Māori Christian
3780.90.84831.31.1-105
map this data in atlas.idTotal Non Christian1,4313.65.71,2063.15.3+225
map this data in atlas.idNo religion15,78039.340.712,69033.033.9+3,090
Not stated / included
4,45811.111.14,48211.711.8-24
Total population
40,179100.0100.038,415100.0100.0+1,764
Total respondents
35,72188.988.933,93388.388.2+1,788
Total responses
41,046102.2102.239,489102.8103.0+1,557

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% Anglican, Wellington Region: 11.0% 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% Baptist, Wellington Region: 1.1% Hindu, Wellington Region: 2.2% Buddhist, Wellington Region: 1.5% Catholic, Upper Hutt City: 15.7% Anglican, Upper Hutt City: 11.6% Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed, Upper Hutt City: 7.0% Christian nfd, Upper Hutt City: 5.2% Other Christian religions, Upper Hutt City: 2.2% Methodist, Upper Hutt City: 1.8% Pentecostal, Upper Hutt City: 1.8% Baptist, Upper Hutt City: 1.4% Hindu, Upper Hutt City: 1.1% Buddhist, Upper Hutt 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 Catholic, Upper Hutt City: -96 Anglican, Upper Hutt City: -1,017 Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed, Upper Hutt City: -453 Christian nfd, Upper Hutt City: +153 Other Christian religions, Upper Hutt City: -51 Methodist, Upper Hutt City: -60 Pentecostal, Upper Hutt City: -57 Baptist, Upper Hutt City: -36 Hindu, Upper Hutt City: +183 Buddhist, Upper Hutt City: +36
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 Upper Hutt 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, 51.8% of the population nominated a religion, and 39.3% said they had no religion, compared with 50.4% and 40.7% respectively for the Wellington Region.

The largest single religion in the Upper Hutt City was Catholic, with 15.7% of the population or 6,294 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Catholic (15.7% compared to 13.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Hindu (1.1% 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 Upper Hutt City between 2006 and 2013 were for those who nominated:

  • Anglican (-1,017 responses)
  • Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed (-453 responses)
  • Hindu (+183 responses)
  • Christian nfd (+153 responses)

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