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Numbers of religious adherents, 1876–2006

Numbers of religious adherents, 1876–2006

This graph shows the sharp changes in numbers of followers of major non-Christian religions in New Zealand over time. Buddhist numbers declined in the late 19th century after the first gold rushes ended and Chinese miners left the country. However, adherents to Buddhism and other non-Christian religions increased greatly in numbers from the late 20th century, mainly due to changes in immigration policy.

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Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Source: New Zealand census, 1876–2006

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How to cite this page:

Paul Morris, 'Diverse religions - Religious diversity in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/graph/32240/numbers-of-religious-adherents-1876-2006 (accessed 21 April 2019)

Story by Paul Morris, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 12 Jul 2018