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New Zealand Religious Groups
2001 Census Data

Main Census page | 2013 | 2006 | 2001 | 1996 | 1991


A breakdown of New Zealand religions for 2001.

  1. Anglican--584,793
  2. Catholic--486,015
  3. Presbyterian--431,547
  4. Christian, not further specified (nfd)--192,165
  5. Methodist--120,705
  6. Pentecostal--67,239
  7. Baptist--51,426
  8. Ratana--48,975
  9. Buddhist--41,634
  10. Latter-day Saints--39,915
  11. Hindu--39,504
  12. Islam/Muslim--23,634 (includes Sufi--195)
  13. Brethren--20,406
  14. Jehovah's Witness--17,826
  15. Ringatu--15,288
  16. Adventist--14,868
  17. Salvation Army--12,618
  18. Evangelical, Born Again and Fundamentalist--11,019
  19. Orthodox--9,588
  20. Judaism/Jewish--6,636
  21. Nature and Earth Based Religions--5,862 (includes Animist, Druid, Pantheist, Wiccan)
  22. Spiritualist--5,853
  23. Sikh--5,199
  24. Lutheran--4,314
  25. Church of Christ and Associated Churches of Christ--3,270
  26. Baha'i--2,991
  27. Other New Age Religions--2,787
  28. Protestant, nfd--2,784
  29. Maori Religion--1,995 (includes Hauhau)
  30. Theism--1,488
  31. Other New Age Religions--1,485
  32. Uniting/Union Church and Ecumenical--1,389
  33. Rastafarianism--1,296
  34. Chinese Religions--1,272 (includes Confucianism, Taoism)
  35. Religious Society of Friends (Quaker)--1,074
  36. Satanism--891
  37. Other Maori Christian--660
  38. Nazarene--495
  39. Zoroastrian--486
  40. New Age nfd--423
  41. Church of God--402
  42. Hare Krishna--363
  43. Japanese Religions--300 (includes Mahikari, Shinto, Tenrikyo)
  44. Scientology--282
  45. Christian Science--258
  46. Asian Christian--195
  47. Unification Church--153
  48. Liberal Catholic--135
  49. Jainism--57

Other religion, nfd--4,644

No religion--1,028,052
Don't know--1,230
Object to answering--239,241 (previously listed as 286,461)
Not stated/did not answer sensibly--286,167 – this includes "Response Outside Scope"--64,512 – which includes roughly 54,000 poor misunderstood Jedi Knights*

Total--3,737,277 (previously listed as 3,468,813)

 

* This would have placed Jedi as the second largest religion in New Zealand, after Christianity (ignoring atheism as a religion), making it the highest Jedi response rate in the world. FWIW there were 71,000 Jedi in Australia at their equivalent census.

 
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