Religious Organisations

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Te OrangaMauriora

Religious organisations, social groups and sports clubs play an important role in communities by providing avenues for people to meet others and share common interests.  Membership of such groups enables people to enrich their social connection with other community members through participation in social, educational, cultural and recreational activities.  These groups also provide opportunities for people to be actively involved in and support their communities' activities.

The most popular social networks are related to work or school, or online.  Sporting groups, religious groups and hobby and interest groups are the next three most common social networks.  Males are more likely than females to be involved in a sports club with the reverse being true for community and voluntary groups. Māori are more likely to belong to sports clubs than other ethnic groups, and Pacific and Asian more likely to belong to church or spiritual groups.

Read the full issue summary on involvement with organisations, groups and clubs [PDF].