Story: Atheism and secularism

Beliefs in 2008

In 2008 over 1,000 New Zealanders revealed their beliefs about various things in a Massey University study conducted as part of the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP). While New Zealanders had become increasingly secular over time, the majority still believed in life after death and heaven. Large portions of the population were also superstitious.

This is the most up-to-date data available, as the ISSP study of religion only takes place every 10 years.

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Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Source: Religion in New Zealand: international social survey programme. Palmerston North: Massey University, March 2009, p. 2

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How to cite this page:

Carl Walrond, 'Atheism and secularism - Who is secular?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 31 March 2023)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 Apr 2018