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Nevertheless, various Northern hemisphere traditions have continued in New Zealand - including roast dinners and Christmas trees, with the pohutukawa regarded as New Zealand’s iconic Christmas tree.
Notable Cathedrals include the Anglican Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland, Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch and Saint Paul's Cathedral, Wellington and the Catholic St Patrick's Cathedral, Auckland, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Wellington, Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Christchurch, St. The iconic Futuna Chapel was built as a Wellington retreat center for the Catholic Marist order in 1961.
The territorial authorities with the highest proportion of Catholics are Kaikoura (where they are 18.4% of the total population), Westland (18.3%), and Grey (17.8%).
The territorial authorities with the lowest proportion of Catholics are Tasman (8.1%), Clutha (8.7%), and Western Bay of Plenty (8.7%).
Presbyterianism, associated mostly with New Zealanders of Scottish descent, is strong in the lower South Island — the city of Dunedin was founded as a Presbyterian settlement, and many of the early settlers in the region were Scottish Presbyterians.
It is also the largest denomination in Auckland and Wellington, although not by a great extent.
Sectarian groups such as the Orange Order continue to exist in New Zealand but are now virtually invisible.
New Zealand's first Catholic Prime Minister, Joseph Ward, took office in 1906.
In 1892, Suzanne Aubert established the Sisters of Compassion - the first Catholic order established in New Zealand for women.
The Anglican Church in New Zealand recognises her as a saintly person and in 1997 the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Conference agreed to support the “Introduction of the Cause of Suzanne Aubert”, to begin the process of consideration for her canonisation as a saint by the Catholic Church.
Anglicanism, associated mostly with New Zealanders of English descent, is common in most parts of the country, but is strongest in Canterbury (the city of Christchurch having been founded as an Anglican settlement) and on the North Island's East Coast.