Welcome to Cults.co.nz
and the New Zealand Cult List
New Zealand Cults, Sects, Religions, Christian Organisations,
and other groups.
"Cult" is an emotive word. It brings to mind all the
worst religious groups, where people commit suicide thinking they're going
to meet a UFO, launch deadly nerve gas attacks in subways, or stockpile
guns and ammunition fearing the end of the world, only to die in a blazing
inferno. But most cults don't do those things – quite the opposite. The
people in most cults are often model citizens. They live moral lives
and care about their community, their children do well in school. But
cults have a strong tendency to harm and control their members. This
site explains how and describes many of the cults in New Zealand.
Although called "The New Zealand Cult List", the list is now
much broader than just a list of the cults in this country. It contains
both religious and secular groups, Christian and non-Christian groups. Some individuals are also included. The list is written from a Christian
perspective and is primarily intended as a resource for New Zealand Christians.
However, it may still be of some use to non-Christians, and people in
other countries. For more information, please see the About
If you have information or would like to contribute to
this site please see the Contact page.
The Main List
The list has grown to the point where each letter is now separate.
Featured listings for November 2020: From the Cult FAQ: Techniques of Mind Control and Types of Cults – relevant for understanding personality and political cults, one of which has in the last few years been spreading from the USA to New Zealand. (This update was posted on 3 November.)
Featured listings for October 2020: From the Cult FAQ: Why do people join cults? and Why don't people leave cults?
Featured listings for September 2020: Liberal Friends (the most common branch of Quakers in NZ).
Also on this site
- Cult Closeups – a look at some of the biggest cults in
New Zealand, in more depth than the list provides.
- Cult FAQ – includes
answers to the most commonly asked questions about cults.
- Books – religious books, publications and
other writings held holy or highly regarded by various cults and religions.
- Movies – movies with religious content.
- TV/Radio – religious programs on New Zealand
television and radio.
- Glossary – terms used
to describe religious ideas and terms, and jargon used by religious
- Census figures for religions in New Zealand
for the last few years (five year intervals). Also features basic election
results for the last several decades and a few of the moral laws
introduced by New Zealand governments.
- Wanted – a list of the groups, practices
and people currently under review or investigation. If you have information
about these groups, please let us know.
Ratings and Other Symbols
To help distinguish between the good and the bad, several icons are used
to rate the listings.
All links to other web sites open in a new window and are indicated with
a small arrow thus:
Words linked to definitions in the Glossary are designated in green. Words
linked to Cult Closeups are
designated in brown.
Please note that not all listings have been rated. For example, we normally
consider it inappropriate to rate people, or particular practices of world
religions, so they will not typically get ratings. The ratings are often
over-simplified, and are intended as generalisations only.
Note that whatever rating we give a group/person or belief/practice,
visitors to this site are free to come to their own conclusions – preferrably after reviewing much more information – and might
personally rate listings quite differently. We also note that even
in groups given the Danger rating (or False Religion rating,
for that matter) it is very unusual not to find at least some positive
aspects, and often there are many – if a group is completely bad there
would be no reason for people to join, after all. If you think that we
should be rating the listing differently, you are welcome to tell us why
you think we should change the rating. Please see the Contact page.