RELIGION


A Ratana church

Christianity is the predominant religion in New Zealand, although its society is among the most secular in the world. In the 2006 Census, 55.6 percent of the population identified themselves as Christians, while another 34.7 percent indicated that they had no religion (up from 29.6 percent in 2001) and around 4 percent affiliated with other religions. The main Christian denominations are Anglicanism (14.8 percent), Roman Catholicism (13.6 percent),Presbyterianism (10.7 percent) and Methodism (5 percent). There are also significant numbers of Christians who identify themselves withpentecostal,Baptist, and Latter-day-saint churches. According to census figures, other significant minority religions include Hinduism,Buddhism, and Islam. The indigenous Māori tend to be associated with Presbyterian and Latter-day Saint churches, but the census showed that the New Zealand-based Ringatru and Ratna religions had experienced considerable growth.