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Faith and belief in New Zealand – a study into the views of Kiwi’s

3 October 2018

The Wilberforce Foundation is passionate about encouraging a deep and meaningful conversation for all New Zealanders on the state of faith and belief in Aotearoa.

The world we live in is changing rapidly and so too is the cultural makeup and faith perspectives of our communities. The Faith and Belief in New Zealand study is a balanced and evidence-informed view that aims to help charities, churches and all New Zealanders better understand the landscape we live in now, and into the future.

Undertaken by McCrindle Research and modelled on a similar study undertaken in 2017 in Australia, the 2018 Faith and Belief in New Zealand report explores attitudes towards religion, spirituality and Christianity in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The research investigates faith and belief blockers among New Zealanders and helps understand perceptions, opinions and attitudes towards Jesus, the Church and Christianity.

View the full report and summary infographic here: https://faithandbeliefstudynz.org/

Following the publishing of the report, a number of news articles and blogs have been written on the findings. You can find some of these below:

NZ Herald: Losing faith: Why fewer New Zealanders are attending church https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12074520

Radio Live: https://www.radiolive.co.nz/home/on-demand/long-lunch/2018/06/fewer-kiwis-identify-with-christianity--report.html

Dr Mike Crudge blog post: http://mikecrudge.com/2018/05/19/faith-belief-new-zealand-mccrindle-report-may-2018/

Michael Reddell blog post: https://amongtraditions.wordpress.com/2018/05/24/faith-belief-and-practice-in-new-zealand/