Story: Anglican Church

Percentage of Anglicans and other faiths

Move the mouse over the lines on the graph to see the percentage of adherents to a particular religion. Click on a religion in the key to remove that line from the graph; click on the religion again to restore it.

Because of the Church Missionary Society's early arrival, and also because most early settlers were Anglican, the Anglican Church has traditionally been New Zealand's largest. However, as this graph shows, the proportion of Anglicans in the population has dropped by two-thirds since the 19th century. In 2013 the Anglican Church was overtaken by the Catholic Church and became the second-largest denomination. It now had a much smaller share of the New Zealand population than those who had no religion at all.

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Source: Statistics New Zealand

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Allan K. Davidson, 'Anglican Church - Anglicans in the 20th and 21st centuries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2021)

Story by Allan K. Davidson, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 20 Apr 2018