This part's interesting:
The number of people affiliating with Hinduism increased 39.6 percent since 2006 (from 64,392 people in 2006 to 89,919 people in 2013).
Of those who affiliated with Hinduism in 2013:
• more than 1 in 5 people (20.8 percent) were born in New Zealand
• 31.8 percent were born in the Pacific Islands
• 42.9 percent were born in Asia.
The number of people affiliating with the Muslim religion increased 27.9 percent since
2006 (from 36,072 people in 2006 to 46,149 people in 2013). Of those who affiliated with Islam in 2013:
• more than a quarter (25.7 percent) were born in New Zealand
• 21.0 percent were born in the Pacific Islands
• 26.9 percent were born in Asia
• 23.3 percent were born in the Middle East and Africa.
The proportion of New Zealanders who profess no religion is almost equal among Europeans and Maori -- 46.9% vs 46.3% -- and "Maori Christianity" was the denomination that fell the most. But do all those Maori call themselves atheists? Probably not. It's all quite complicated.
Alternatively, if the percentages of New Zealanders of some other religion were to grow significantly, should we be looking at including other religions’ holy days in our public holiday schedule?
And it may also be useful for policy makers to know how many people aren't religious.
So, if the goal is ensuring people are well-served, diversity is respected and included, then there can be good reasons why the state would want to know the religious makeup of the country.
Agreed. Even just as a way for smaller religions to say "we are present".
I'd like to know more about the way Destiny has presented since Janine Cardno, their longtime PR person, walked out. My guess is that they've become even more internally-focused. As I said, it's as if they're not skilled at talking to the world.
Put in the hard yards to learn your shit – because every story has a context and history
And apart from anything else, I'm quite sure there are a lot of genuine news stories out there for the getting, especially in Auckland, where the churches are manifold and entwined with communities.
One thing that came up talking to our crew beforehand was that two of them knew people who'd been basically kicked out of the Destiny flock for failing to keep up their payments. That's a bit troubling.
It’s a bewildering area to write about if, like most reporters (I guess), you are generally secular or actively atheist and you’re either trying to prop up a routine, seasonal “Christianity is in decline” story or you’re writing about the Tamakis or Catholic child abuse.
Or you’ve got Family First clamouring with a quote, whether they understand the story or not, and purporting to represent a Christian perspective.
Well, you can always watch the show. It screened last night. This is just what I thought about it. I don't see how it's a "beat up".
Nice. Francis has already written to expand on his thoughts in the discussion about Maori spirituality.