Church of the Good Shepherd Lake Tekapo New Zealand

Top 10 Biggest Religions in New Zealand

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New Zealand is one of the most secular countries in the world. As of 2013, (the date of the most recent census at time of writing,) less than half the population identifies as Christian, when just a few years ago Christians were the majority. Almost as many people declare no religion at all, and even of those who say they are Christian, only about 15% actually go to church.

Not YodaIf you include the people who didn’t answer or actively objected to answering the question of religion on the census, and the people like myself whose answers weren’t counted because they’d put something funny like Jedi, the non-religious percentage of the population rises to over half. (Following the 2001 census, if the answer of Jedi had been taken seriously, it would have been New Zealand’s second biggest religion. Seriously.)

Currently, the top ten biggest religions in New Zealand are:

  1. Catholicism

  2. Anglicanism

  3. Presbyterianism

  4. General Christianity

  5. Methodism

  6. Hinduism

  7. Pentecostalism

  8. Buddhism

  9. Baptistism

  10. Islamism

    List compiled by Abigail Simpson

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