Research

BAF is undertaking research for Project Mounga looking at the spiritual connection of people and communities in Taranaki to Mount Taranaki.  This research will explore concepts including identity, sense of belonging and coming home. Maori have a well-defined sense of spirituality, expressed as wairuatanga or wairua, but these terms are not well understood by...

Focused on Taranaki this collaborative project is exploring exciting new approaches and structures that would enable Church ministry to flourish sustainably into the future.  The Bishop's Action Foundation is a leading partner in this initiative researching and drawing together experiences from overseas and nationally to help inspire discussions....

We are part of a national steering group exploring the concept of spirituality, its relevance to current society and its potential impact on well-being. Existing research suggests that spirituality has a positive impact on other aspects of health and well-being. We’re asking what are the implications of this for policy and...

Our Affordable Housing research project identified significant demand in Taranaki and confirmed the need for action.   The research confirmed that: Healthy housing in the ‘right’ location is fundamental to children’s wellbeing yet many children in our region do not experience good quality housing; Social housing policy and responses are currently driven by...

Our aim is to better understand the impact of social enterprise so that we can create or support initiatives that nurture local social entrepreneurs and help to draw entrepreneurs from around the country to Taranaki. Social enterprise is a proven model of responding to social needs through trading enterprises.  Scotland (a similar population size to New...

The Anglican Church is present in most rural communities and can be a powerful player supporting rural sustainability. Our research aims to understand what is being done, and what could be done to achieve a sustainable future in rural centres. Rural communities are under increasing pressure as demand for greater efficiency...

This research project is a three stage initiative that aims to provide up to date contextual knowledge about rural communities as a springboard for future action. The analysis is presented in three reports. The first report is a ‘desk’ analysis based on census data (Statistics New Zealand’s area unit data) for each...

We’ve been working with a range of partners to better understand the socio-economic, cultural, environmental and spiritual issues that impact the wellbeing of rural communities. Our call to research began when we realised there was little to no information or social research on rural New Zealand over the past two decades....