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The population is generally divided between the two main islands, the North and South. Roughly 3/4 of the population live on the North Island, with 1 in 3 living in Auckland. The following table outlines the major cities:
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Roughly 73 percent of New Zealand's population, of approximately 3.7 million, are of European (mainly british) descent. A further 11-12 percent belong to the Maori people, a pacific island group who arrived in New Zealand around 1200 AD. Four percent belong to other pacific island ethnicities, while other minorites, especially Asian, make up the rest.
Approximately 96 percent of the Maori live in the North Island. There are more Samoan people living in Auckland than in Samoa, and about 3/4 of the Niuean population live there also, making it the largest concentration of Polynesians in the world.
New Zealand is predominatly Christian, with the most common denominations being Anglican, at 22 percent, Presbyterian, at 16 percent, and Roman Catholic, at 15 percent. Non-religious people and athiests account for 21 percent, and other minorities, including Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, and other Christian denominations, include Ratana, a Maori religion, account for the rest.
Churches are common all over the country, with mosques, temples and synogogues being found in many main centres.
The official languages of New Zealand are English and Maori, although only less than 5 percent speak Maori fluently, and much less as a first language. Almost 100 percent of New Zealanders speak English, and other Polynesian, European, and other languages are spoken by small minorities.