First census of churches since 1926 will begin this month

About 150 volunteers will track down every church in their district to gather information for New Zealand’s first church census since 1926.

The Church Census, which will cover all churches of all denominations or none, will be taken in March-April.

New Zealand’s 72 Census Districts will be covered

Massey University’s associate professor of history, Peter Lineham, says there is no formal register of churches.

‘‘It’s quite amazing, we just don’t know.’’

Sample surveys done by Massey University and Bible Society New Zealand have shown 14 per cent of New Zealanders go to church weekly and 20 per cent go at least once a month.


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