Scientology in New Zealand

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Scientology has been established in New Zealand since 1955.[1]

The 2006 census gives 357 people affiliated to The Church of Scientology[2][3] although the Church claims that it has 5000 followers.[4] By the 2013 census the number claiming to be affiliated had dropped to 315 people.[5]

The church is registered as a charity[6] and Inland Revenue Department has granted charitable status to the church for tax purposes.[7] Marion Moffat is the chairperson of Church of Scientology of New Zealand.

In 1969 the government instituted a Commission of Inquiry into Scientology which resulted in the Dumbleton-Powles Report.

On 21 January 2017, the new Ideal Church of Scientology of Auckland opened its doors in the heritage-listed Grafton building, formerly Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design. [8]


In 2008 a protest against the church as part of Project Chanology was held in some parts of New Zealand by "Anonymous", a world-wide group that has concerns about internet censorship by Scientologists.[9]

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  1. ^ The Dumbleton-Powles Report
  2. ^ Statistics New Zealand: QuickStats About Culture and Identity, Table 28:Religious Affiliation
  3. ^ 2006 New Zealand Religioud Affiliation Data (XLS file) Archived 2013-11-15 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Wall, Tony (10 February 2008). "The Faith Business". Sunday Star Times.
  5. ^ "2013 Census totals by topic – tables". Statistics New Zealand. Statistics New Zealand. 10 December 2013. Archived from the original on 13 December 2013.
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  8. ^ "An inside look at Auckland's new Church of Scientology". New Zealand Herald. 23 January 2017. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  9. ^ Wall, Tony (16 March 2008). "Protesters bid to unmask Scientology". Sunday Star Times. Retrieved 17 December 2008.

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