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Output

Standard output

Religious affiliation

Output for religious affiliation is largely dependent on the relative size of religious groups and the interests of users. Both the size of the groups and the interests of users may change over time. Therefore, this section has been written using 1996 Census figures as a guideline. If the size or importance of any given groups change, these should also be included in standard output.

The following are suggested standard output for religious affiliation:

  • Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the classification.
  • Most frequently reported religions, using either level 2 or 3 of the classification (an example is provided below).
  • Main religious groups in New Zealand (an example is provided below).

Note that these do not include customised output that can be produced from the standard classification for users interested in specific groups.

Output guidelines for sample surveys

Standard output for sample surveys have not yet been developed. The following guidelines will be used for developing standard output as the need arises.

Guidelines for sample surveys in which religious affiliation is a key variable:

  • The most frequently reported religious affiliations, using a combination of levels 2 and 3 of the classification, should be output.
  • If the number of responses is too small to output for categories at a given level of the classification, then these responses may be aggregated to a higher level of the classification.
  • If a survey has identified that Christian religious affiliations are of key interest, then Christian affiliations may be output at levels 2 and 3, along with the other level one groupings.
  • If a survey has identified that non–Christian religious affiliations are of key interest, then the Christian grouping may be output at level 1, and the other grouping may be output at levels 2 or 3.

Guidelines for sample surveys in which religious affiliation is an explanatory variable:

  • Level 1 or 2 of the classification should be output.
  • The maximum amount of detail for output would be the level 2 categories of the classification.

These guidelines may be adjusted for sample surveys that target a specific group, such as a region, an ethnic group, or an age group. In these cases, output should be tailored to specific user interest.

Main religious affiliations in New Zealand

For users interested in the main groups in New Zealand. These are groups that are both high in numbers and of particular sociological interest. They are predominantly level 2 categories clustered into level one groups and listed in alphabetical order.

Anglican
Baptist
Catholic
Christian nfd
Latter–day Saints
Methodist
Pentecostal*
Presbyterian, Congregational and Reform
Other Christian**

Ratana
Ringatū
Other Māori Christian†

Buddhist
Hindu
Jewish
Islam/Muslim
New Age and Spiritualism
Other Religions

No Religion
Object to Answering
Not Stated
Not elsewhere included††

*includes Assemblies of God
**includes all other level two Christian categories
† consists of nfd and nec categories only
††includes unidentifiable responses and responses outside of scope

The residual categories may be output separately or combined. Where a combination item of residuals is to be used in output, this item should be labelled ‘not elsewhere included’ and should have a footnote indicating its composition.

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