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Ruapehu District

Religion

In 2018, the largest single religion in Ruapehu District was Catholic, with 10.8% of the population or 1,335 people as adherents.

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.

Ruapehu 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.

Religion - Ranked by size
Ruapehu District20182013Change
Religion - Multi-responseNumber% of the populationManawatu-Wanganui Region %Number% of the populationManawatu-Wanganui Region %2013 to 2018
Catholic1,33510.89.51,50612.711.6-171
Anglican9697.98.11,38311.713.1-414
Christian nfd5494.56.34984.25.1+51
Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed5494.54.98016.87.3-252
Ratana5074.11.85074.31.80
Methodist1321.11.32041.72.2-72
Other Christian religions900.71.91981.73.2-108
Evangelical, Born Again and Fundamentalist900.70.8--0.00.0--
Hindu840.70.9690.60.8+15
Jehovah's Witnesses810.70.4--0.00.0--
Show all (19 entries)
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
Ruapehu District20182013Change
Religion - totals - multi-responseNumber% of the populationManawatu-Wanganui Region %Number% of the populationManawatu-Wanganui Region %2013 to 2018
Total Christian4,11033.436.74,92041.545.8-810
Total Maori Christian6365.22.25794.92.1+57
Total Non Christian3242.64.02852.43.1+39
No religion6,29151.149.84,68939.638.9+1,602
Not stated / included1,0718.78.11,72814.612.7-657
Total respondents11,23891.391.910,11685.487.3+1,122
Total responses12,432101.0100.712,201103.0102.6+231
Total population12,309100.0100.011,844100.0100.0+465
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 Ruapehu District in 2018 compared to 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, 41.2% of the population nominated a religion, and 51.1% said they had no religion, compared with 42.9% and 49.8% respectively for Manawatu-Wanganui Region.

The largest single religion in Ruapehu District was Catholic, with 10.8% of the population or 1,335 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Ratana (4.1% compared to 1.8%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Catholic (10.8% compared to 9.5%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Christian nfd (4.5% compared to 6.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Other Christian religions (0.7% compared to 1.9%)

Note: Percentages(%) are based on total population

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-414 responses)
  • Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed (-252 responses)
  • Catholic (-171 responses)
  • Other Christian religions (-108 responses)

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