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.
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.