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People and Society, Religion

Pakeha, Anglicans, Presbyterians, active membership, Pacific Islanders

The majority of New Zealanders are at least nominally Christian. Anglicans traditionally have formed the largest single denomination. The next largest Christian groups are Presbyterians and Roman Catholics. Membership in the major Christian churches has been declining steadily in recent decades. Membership in some smaller sects, such as the Pentecostal church, has meanwhile increased, as has the number of New Zealanders professing no religion or refusing to state their affiliation. Many Pakeha claim the religious affiliation of their families but are not active churchgoers. In general, religious practice is stronger among Maori and Pacific Islanders than among Pakeha. The Maori Christian churches, the Ringatu Church (founded in 1867) and the Ratana Church of New Zealand (1918), have relatively small but consistently active membership.



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Pakeha, Anglicans, Presbyterians, active membership, Pacific Islanders, Pentecostal church, religious affiliation, Roman Catholics, religious practice, recent decades, religion, families

 
 

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