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Whangarei District Council

Religion

In 2018, the largest single religion in Whangarei District Council was Catholic, with 7.7% of the population or 7,038 people as adherents.

Whangarei District Council'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.

Whangarei District Council'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
Whangarei District Council20182013Change
Religion - Multi-responseNumber% of the populationNew Zealand %Number% of the populationNew Zealand %2013 to 2018
Catholic7,0387.710.06,9729.111.6+66
Anglican6,9217.66.79,07211.810.8-2,151
Christian nfd6,0756.76.64,3835.75.1+1,692
Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed3,2523.65.24,3235.67.8-1,071
Ratana2,0852.30.91,6322.11.0+453
Latter Day Saints1,8062.01.21,2811.71.0+525
Pentecostal1,6021.81.71,4221.81.8+180
Other Christian religions1,2481.41.62,0102.62.5-762
Methodist1,0771.21.51,6892.22.4-612
Evangelical, Born Again and Fundamentalist9301.00.8--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.
Stats NZ data quality rating: High
Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Excludes religions with fewer than 20 adherents, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Religion - Totals
Whangarei District Council20182013Change
Religion - totals - multi-responseNumber% of the populationNew Zealand %Number% of the populationNew Zealand %2013 to 2018
Total Christian31,68934.837.032,10041.744.3-411
Total Maori Christian2,3732.61.31,7582.31.3+615
Total Non Christian3,0843.47.51,9412.56.0+1,143
No religion47,38852.148.230,69939.938.6+16,689
Not stated / included7,0027.76.712,29716.012.3-5,295
Total respondents1,648,6741812.593.31,467,9511906.687.7+180,723
Total responses91,536100.6100.678,795102.3102.4+12,741
Total population90,960100.0100.076,995100.0100.0+13,965
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 Whangarei District Council in 2018 compared to New Zealand shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 40.8% of the population nominated a religion, and 52.1% said they had no religion, compared with 45.8% and 48.2% respectively for New Zealand.

The largest single religion in Whangarei District Council was Catholic, with 7.7% of the population or 7,038 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Whangarei District Council and New Zealand were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Ratana (2.3% compared to 0.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Catholic (7.7% compared to 10.0%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Hindu (0.8% compared to 2.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed (3.6% compared to 5.2%)

Note: Percentages(%) are based on total population

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-2,151 responses)
  • Christian nfd (+1,692 responses)
  • Presbyterian, Congregational and Reformed (-1,071 responses)
  • Other Christian religions (-762 responses)

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