Faith and Belief in New Zealand: Results of a recent study and its implications for faith communities

In every census, New Zealanders are asked to indicate their religious affiliation. The results seem to indicate a significant decline in religious attendance, but what is driving this decline and is it true across all demographics and faith communities?

In an attempt to ‘get in behind the numbers’, in May this year the Wilberforce Foundation published a detailed study of New Zealander’s attitudes to faith and belief. It follows a similar study undertaken in Australia. It looks at the reasons for the decline and indicates areas where faith communities are having a recognised impact.

Chris Clarke will share the study results, the comparisons with Australia, and lead a discussion on how faith communities might choose to respond.

No charge for this event

Faith and Belief in New Zealand Study

A national research study exploring attitudes towards religion, spirituality and Christianity in New Zealand

The 2018 Faith and Belief in New Zealand report, commissioned by the Wilberforce Foundation, explores attitudes towards religion, spirituality and Christianity in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The purpose of the research is to investigate faith and belief blockers among New Zealanders and to understand perceptions, opinions and attitudes towards Jesus, the Church and Christianity.

Archway 3 Lecture Theatre
University of Otago


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