New Zealand - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religious Practices

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New Zealand

POPULATION 3,908,037
ANGLICAN 17 percent
PROTESTANT 21 percent
ROMAN CATHOLIC 15 percent
MAORI CHRISTIAN (RATANA AND RINGATU) 1.5 percent
OTHER CHRISTIAN 5 percent
BUDDHIST 1 percent
HINDU 1 percent
ISLAM. 5 percent
OTHER 1 percent
NONRELIGIOUS 37 percent

New Zealand

Country Overview

The British crown and Maori Christian chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. In return for ceding sovereignty, the treaty guaranteed Maori authority over their lands, forests, fisheries, and other treasured possessions. Maori were given all the rights and privileges of British subjects. The treaty also guaranteed religious liberty. Although the crown subsequently breached the treaty, it has remained the basis for the compensation processes occurring sporadically since the 1880s and more systematically since 1975 and for affirming partnership between Pakeha (that is, non-Maori) and Maori today. Biculturalism remains very important in contemporary New Zealand.

No state church took root in New Zealand. The country prided itself on its reputation as an egalitarian, religiously tolerant, and...

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