What do you be­lieve?

Auck­land is home to a colourful ar­ray of dif­fer­ent reli­gions. Deputy edi­tor Jenny Ling asks seven Auck­lan­ders what their faith means to them.

Central Leader - - NEWS -

We’re all taught the topics never to bring up over din­ner: Pol­i­tics, death, taxes – and re­li­gion.

But with Auck­land’s grow­ing re­li­gious pop­u­la­tion per­haps the sub­ject should be put squarely back on the ta­ble.

Auck­land had the largest per­cent­age of re­li­gious people in New Zealand at the 2013 Cen­sus, re­sults from Sta­tis­tics New Zealand show.

While the num­ber of people who af­fil­i­ated with a re­li­gion in 2013 across New Zealand fell 5.5 per cent since 2006, Auck­land bucked the trend with a 1.2 per­cent in­crease in the num­ber res­i­dents.

Fig­ures show there are now 615,939 people who fol­low Chris­tian reli­gions, 61,458 Hin­dus, 32,778 Bud­dhists, 31,158 Mus­lims, 11,712 Sikhs, 5241 new age/spir­i­tu­al­ists and 3099 who fol­low Ju­daism in Auck­land.

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