Story: Pacific churches in New Zealand

Faith by denomination (2nd of 2)

Move the mouse over the bars on the graph to compare levels of religious affiliation. Click on an ethnic group in the key to remove that group from the graph; click on that group again to restore it.

Religious affiliation was partly the legacy of 19th-century missionary work, when denominations focused their efforts on particular islands – for example, Methodists in Tonga and Protestants in Tuvalu. In 2013 almost 36% of Tongans were Methodists, whereas over 44% of Tuvaluans were Presbyterian, Congregational or Reformed.

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Source: Statistics New Zealand

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Cluny Macpherson, 'Pacific churches in New Zealand - History of Pacific churches', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 October 2021)

Story by Cluny Macpherson, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 10 Apr 2018