New Zealand Catholics: Their Story

This unit provides a study of the history of the Catholic Church in New Zealand and a context for other theological studies relating to the New Zealand Church. It consider Catholic missionaries in Oceania and NZ to 1840, the Mission to the Maori 1838 – 1850, 1840 Te Tiriti O Waitangi and the Church to 1850, the Irish-New Zealand Catholic Church, the Education Question and Sectarianism, the Church during the World Wars, social questions: the depression, prohibition, secularism, and Vatican II and its reception.

Study Level



Humanities in the Christian Tradition

Sub Discipline

Church History

Credit Points




Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a critical knowledge of significant personalities and events of New Zealand Church history
  2. identify the key groups who shaped the New Zealand church
  3. present their research findings on the period using primary historical materials
  4. Critically analyse the contribution of major figures to the development of the New Zealand Church
  5. critique the present situation of the New Zealand church and its members in the light of its development
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