This was a bit of a surprise to me.
The 2013 census data show that a similar proportion of the European and Māori ethnic groups declared themselves as having no religion in the 2013 census – 46.9 percent of European and 46.3 percent of Māori (see 2013 Census QuickStats about culture and identity).
The graph below illustrates the proportion of non-religious for the different NZ ethnic groups differentiated in the census.
Recent sociological research does show differences between European and Māori economic values and beliefs and I thought this might be reflected in different religious affiliations.
But apparently not.
I wonder if these non-religious Māori feel as offended as I do when a Christian prayer, disguised as a karakia, is imposed on them? I feel this is dishonest and takes advantage of the unwillingness of New Zealanders to complain as the complaint could be interpreted as racist. But it must also offend non-Christian Māori for their culture to be hijacked like this.
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