About two percent people in New Zealand identify with Hinduism, according to a recent research report “Faith and Belief in New Zealand”.
“New Zealand is becoming an increasingly secular nation…More than half of Kiwis (55%) do not identify with any main religion…This secularisation has been steadily increasing over the last decade or so”, this report points out.
“About five per cent of New Zealanders believe in multiple gods”; this report; which “explores attitudes towards religion, spirituality and Christianity in New Zealand”; indicates. This study was commissioned by Auckland (New Zealand) headquartered philanthropic Wilberforce Foundation and was undertaken by Australian based research and communications agency McCrindle Research.
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) and 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.
Meanwhile, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, congratulated the Hindu community in New Zealand.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about 1.1 billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.