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Christianity and Tolerance towards New Zealand's Immigrants
John H. Shaver

Last modified: 2015-10-13


New Zealand ranks as one of the most tolerant countries in the world; however, national-level tolerance masks substantial intra-cultural variation. This talk uses data drawn from the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study (NZAVS) to explore the major drivers of tolerance and prejudice towards immigrants. Analyses reveal that religious New Zealanders are more accepting of immigrants than their secular counterparts, but there exists substantial variation across denominations. We focus on variation across Christian churches, and conclude with discussions about the cultural and historical sources of these differences.