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Far North District

Religion

In 2018, the largest single religion in Far North District was Anglican, with 11.3% of the population or 7,389 people as adherents.

Far North 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.

Far North District's religion statistics should be analysed in conjunction with Ethnicity statistics, Maori Descent, Country of Birth data and Languages Spoken data to assist in identifying specific cultural and ethnic groups.

Q:

Derived from the Census question:

'What is your religion?'.

Multi-response

Note: This page includes data from the 2018 Census. Between 2013 and 2018, the geographical classification was changed, and with it many boundaries were altered. As a result, you may see different small area options when comparing to pages that do not yet show 2018 data. Learn more.

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Religion - Ranked by size
Far North District20182013Change
Religion - Multi-responseNumber% of the populationNorthland Region %Number% of the populationNorthland Region %2013 to 2018
Anglican7,38911.39.18,30714.913.1-918
Catholic5,5178.57.95,2749.59.1+243
Christian nfd3,8856.06.43,0065.45.7+879
Ratana3,6035.53.52,6884.83.2+915
Latter Day Saints1,7282.62.01,1612.11.7+567
Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed1,6592.53.21,9953.64.8-336
Methodist1,2391.91.61,4852.72.5-246
Pentecostal9301.41.66901.21.5+240
Other Christian religions7651.21.51,4102.52.8-645
Evangelical, Born Again and Fundamentalist6120.91.0--0.00.0--
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Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.
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Excludes religions with fewer than 20 adherents, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Religion - Totals
Far North District20182013Change
Religion - totals - multi-responseNumber% of the populationNorthland Region %Number% of the populationNorthland Region %2013 to 2018
Total Christian24,93638.236.123,77542.742.2+1,161
Total Maori Christian4,1046.34.02,8295.13.4+1,275
Total Non Christian1,7552.73.01,2872.32.4+468
No religion29,75445.649.718,16532.637.0+11,589
Not stated / included5,3258.28.011,37920.417.6-6,054
Total respondents233,676358.1120.5184,665331.3101.6+49,011
Total responses65,874101.0100.757,435103.1102.6+8,439
Total population65,250100.0100.055,734100.0100.0+9,516
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: High
Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Dominant groups

Analysis of the religious affiliation of the population of Far North District in 2018 compared to Northland 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, 47.2% of the population nominated a religion, and 45.6% said they had no religion, compared with 43.0% and 49.7% respectively for Northland Region.

The largest single religion in Far North District was Anglican, with 11.3% of the population or 7,389 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Far North District and Northland Region were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (11.3% compared to 9.1%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Ratana (5.5% compared to 3.5%)

Note: Percentages(%) are based on total population

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Far North District between 2013 and 2018 were for those who nominated:

  • Anglican (-918 responses)
  • Ratana (+915 responses)
  • Christian nfd (+879 responses)
  • Other Christian religions (-645 responses)

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