Research

BAF commissioned and sponsored this research through a Master’s thesis delivered as part of an AUT programme of study. The Anglican Church is present in most communities around the region of Taranaki, New Zealand. Where churches were once hubs of community life, in rural and small-town settings they are now often...

During 2017 we undertook research to explore the ability for Church land to be made available for social and affordable housing.  Our research revealed that there was significant interest from Parishes and Dioceses in social and affordable housing and a willingness to see land made available.  However, very little land...

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...

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....