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A third of the world's 196 countries currently have national flags that include religious symbols, according to a new Pew Research analysis. Of the 64 countries in this category, about half have Christian symbols (48%) and about a third include Islamic religious symbols (33%), with imagery on flags from the world's two largest religious groups appearing across several regions. The Australian, New Zealand and Fijian flags all bear the British of three Christian Saints, St George, St Andrew and St Patrick.

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Framing New Zealand’s funding of religious schools

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In 1975 the New Zealand government, flying in the face of constitutional separation of church and state, legislated to integrate religious schools into the government school system. Substantial funding of these schools soon followed. Max Wallace analyses this history finding the likely reason for the funding was more to do with politics than 'justice'  for students in religious schools.

The terminal decline of christianity in New Zealand

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The New Zealand Census over past years shows a steady decline Christianity. There is little to indicate a major revival.



Finding Separation of Church and State for New Zealand

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Drs. Max and Meg Wallace conclude that "genuine constitutional separation of church and state is not possible in the constitutional monarchies of Australia, Canada and New Zealand. It seems likely all three would have to become republics for separation to be achieved".