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A new survey shows 55% of Kiwis don’t identify with the religion.

• In-depth research provides compelling snapshot of attitudes to faith and belief
• 55 percent do not identify with "main" religion
• One in three identify as Christian, compared to 49 percent in 2006 Census
• 16 percent are churchgoers, 9 percent "active practisers"
• Church teaching on homosexuality and abuse among key "blockers"
• New Zealanders remain open to "respectful" conversations about spirituality and religion
• Perceptions of Māori spirituality and Jesus positive, even among non-Christians

New Zealand (NZ Herald)is becoming less religious, exhibiting a sharp fall in the number of people who identify as Christian.
A new report, Faith and Belief in New Zealand, says a third of New Zealanders identify with Christianity, down from 43 percent in the 2013 Census and 49 percent in the 2006 Census. The results of the 2018 Census are yet to be released.
Twenty percent have spiritual beliefs but don't identify with any main religion and 35 percent identify with no religion or spiritual belief.
The remainder identify with other religions, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism.
The report was commissioned by the Wilberforce Foundation, an Auckland-based Christian organisation.


The report says New Zealand's "youth as a nation and resulting lack of religious tradition" could be one reason for the rise of secularism.
"Perhaps the increasing busyness of modern-day life or the emphasis on individualism and self-created identity have also had an impact."
Older New Zealanders are more likely to identify with Christianity, and younger generations are more likely to not identify with any religion or spiritual belief.
Of New Zealand's three most populous regions (Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch), Auckland has the lowest proportion of residents identifying with Christianity, suggesting migration may be another factor.

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