Story: Presbyterian Church

Presbyterian adherents, 1878–2013

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This graph shows the percentage of the New Zealand population who claimed adherence to the Presbyterian denomination at each census. The proportion remained relatively stable at around 25% until the 1960s, after which it fell dramatically. The growing secularisation of society and the rise of new leisure activities such as television were among the reasons for the decline.

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Source: Statistics New Zealand.

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Ben Schrader, 'Presbyterian Church - Growth, reform and challenges', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/31080/presbyterian-adherents-1878-2013 (accessed 20 November 2019)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Mar 2017