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The New Zealand population is largely Protestant. Of the Reformed churches, the Anglican Church is the largest with a quarter of the population, followed by the Presbyterians (19%), Methodists and Baptists. There are also approximately 426,000 Roman Catholics and among others Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh-day Adventists, Muslims, Hindus, and followers of the Baha'i faith.
The Anglican Church is divided into seven dioceses and a separate diocese for the Maoris. The Presbyterian Church is divided into 23 Presbyteria and a Maori Synod. Every year a so-called "moderator", the president of the Presbyterian Church, is elected. The Methodist Church is divided into ten districts and the "President" is also elected annually. The Roman Catholic Church is divided into four dioceses, headed by the Archbishop of Wellington.

Oldest church is located in Russell, New Zealand (1836)Oldest church is located in Russell, New Zealand (1836)Photo: Chris Gilson CC 2.0 Generic no changes made

Most Maoris have joined the various Protestant denominations after intensive missionary missionary activity, but many of them belong to the Ratana and Ringatu faiths, a form of Maori Christianity.
Ringatu was founded by Te Kooti after a number of apparitions, and revived in the early 20th century by the Tuhoe prophet Rua Kerana. This church has many followers in the Bay of Plenty on the North Island.
The Ratana Church was founded by Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana (1873-1939). At one point, the Ratana faith even had political influence when four adherents of the faith were in parliament. There are about 40,000 followers. Approx. 20% of the population is atheist.

Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana, founder of the Ratana Church, New ZealandTahupotiki Wiremu Ratana, founder of the Ratana Church, New ZealandPhoto: Sam Dale in the public domain


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