Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Southland region has highest proportion of Christians

Southland region has highest proportion of Christians

4 February 2014

Latest results from the 2013 Census show that Southland has the highest proportion of Christians in the country, while having the largest growth in the proportion of people with no religion. The region also follows national trends with a declining number of smokers.

2013 Census regional summary tables – part 2, released today, gives an interesting impression of the Southland region and its districts.

“For instance, 51.9 percent of Southlanders identified themselves as Christian in last year’s census, down from 60.5 percent in 2006. Nationwide, 47.7 percent of people affiliated with a Christian religion, down from 54.2 percent in 2006,” Census General Manager Sarah Minson said.

While the region had the highest proportion of Christians overall, the total number of Southlanders who identify with a Christian religion decreased 13.1 percent since 2006.

Southland also saw the largest increase in the proportion of people with no religion, at 42.9 percent, up from 32.9 percent in 2006.

The region followed national trends with a drop in the number of people who regularly smoke. The proportion of regular smokers in the adult population fell from 24.3 percent in 2006 to 19.2 percent last year – a decrease of 3,000 people.

Among people aged 15–19 years the proportion of regular smokers fell from 26.2 percent in 2006 to 16.2 percent last year. That’s a 43.0 percent drop in the total number of smokers in this age group in Southland, or 660 fewer young people lighting up.

“This local breakdown of census information is some of the most important, as it will help communities and service providers plan for the future,” Ms Minson said. “Providers of local services such as health, education, community, and recreational facilities can use census data to form a picture of the region and what it needs to succeed.”

2013 Census regional summary tables – part 2 has more information on topics such as religion, relationship status, occupation, and smoking.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news