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Underway right now is the first comprehensive census of churches in this country since early last century. The Mission Koru Report expects to reveal a surprising growth in the number of churches and an emerging diversity in both denominations and ethnicity.

Associate Professor Peter Lineham of Massey University is one of the researchers behind the census and the author of articles on the history of the Christian church in New Zealand. He discusses history, methodology and changing paradigms with Spiritual Outlook producer Justin Gregory, who asks him whether the census will reveal more about New Zealander than just our church-going habits:

Produced by Justin Gregory For Radio New Zealand National