Wellington City
Religion

In 2013, the largest single religion in the Wellington City was Catholic, with 13.6% of the population or 26,061 people as adherents.

The Wellington 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 Wellington 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
Wellington City20132006Change
Religion - multi-responseNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2006 to 2013
Catholic26,06113.613.727,44115.315.2-1,380
Anglican17,9469.411.022,07112.313.9-4,125
Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed9,3514.96.411,9406.78.1-2,589
Christian nfd7,9654.24.87,2664.04.5+699
Other Christian religions6,6243.52.86,8193.83.1-195
Hindu6,0093.12.24,8152.71.8+1,194
Buddhist3,9032.01.53,8762.21.4+27
Islam/Muslim2,5801.40.92,1721.20.8+408
Methodist2,4211.31.72,9641.72.1-543
Pentecostal2,3161.21.72,4541.41.9-138
Baptist1,7820.91.11,9231.11.2-141
Spiritualism and new age religions9420.50.51,0410.60.6-99
Other religions9150.50.47860.40.4+129
Judaism/Jewish7530.40.37860.40.3-33
Latter Day Saints6360.30.76900.40.8-54
Ratana5190.30.66480.40.8-129
Ringatu2370.10.23030.20.3-66
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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
Wellington City20132006Change
Religion - totals - multi-responseNumber% of total populationWellington Region %Number% of total populationWellington Region %2006 to 2013
Christian75,12039.343.983,57446.650.9-8,454
Non Christian15,8588.36.514,4278.06.4+1,431
No religion84,35444.240.766,90037.333.9+17,454
Not stated / included19,49710.211.119,52410.911.8-27
Total population190,956100.0100.0179,466100.0100.0+11,490
Total respondents171,45989.888.9159,94289.188.2+11,517
Total responses194,829102.0102.2184,425102.8103.0+10,404

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% Hindu, Wellington Region: 2.2% Buddhist, Wellington Region: 1.5% Islam/Muslim, Wellington Region: 0.9% Methodist, Wellington Region: 1.7% Pentecostal, Wellington Region: 1.7% Catholic, Wellington City: 13.6% Anglican, Wellington City: 9.4% Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed, Wellington City: 4.9% Christian nfd, Wellington City: 4.2% Other Christian religions, Wellington City: 3.5% Hindu, Wellington City: 3.1% Buddhist, Wellington City: 2.0% Islam/Muslim, Wellington City: 1.4% Methodist, Wellington City: 1.3% Pentecostal, Wellington City: 1.2%
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, Wellington City: -1,380 Anglican, Wellington City: -4,125 Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed, Wellington City: -2,589 Christian nfd, Wellington City: +699 Other Christian religions, Wellington City: -195 Hindu, Wellington City: +1,194 Buddhist, Wellington City: +27 Islam/Muslim, Wellington City: +408 Methodist, Wellington City: -543 Pentecostal, Wellington City: -138
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 Wellington City in 2013 compared to the Wellington 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, 47.6% of the population nominated a religion, and 44.2% said they had no religion, compared with 50.4% and 40.7% respectively for the Wellington Region.

The largest single religion in the Wellington City was Catholic, with 13.6% of the population or 26,061 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Hindu (3.1% compared to 2.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (9.4% compared to 11.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed (4.9% compared to 6.4%)

Note: Percentages(%) are based on total population

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-4,125 responses)
  • Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed (-2,589 responses)
  • Catholic (-1,380 responses)
  • Hindu (+1,194 responses)

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