In recent years there has been a marked increase of interest in New Zealand church history and sectarian controversy. Research into the beliefs and behaviour of early European missionaries has occupied the research time of an increasing number of post-graduate students during the last five years and has resulted in such useful works as Judith Binney's published analysis of the beliefs and behaviour of Thomas Kendall 1 Judith Binney, The Legecy of Guilt (Oxford, 1968). and John Owens' doctoral investigation of the Hokianga Wesleyans. 2
John Owens, "The Coming of the Wesleyons to New Zealand, 1819-1840", Unpublished PhD thesis, Victoria University of Wellington, 1969. Hugh Laracy, in his portrayal of Bishop Moran, 3 Hugh Laracy, "The Life and Context of Bishop Patrick Moran," Unpublished M.A. Thesis, Victoria University or Wellington, 1964. P.S. O'Connor, through his racy description of Catholic - Protestant conflict, 4 P.S. O'Connor, "Sectarian Conflict in New Zealand, 1911-1920", Political Science, 19 (i), July, 1967, PP. 3-16. and J. McKay with his consideration of the development within New Zealand of a parochial school systen,5 J.Mackey, "The Catholic Schools and the Denominational System of Education in Auckland. 1840-68", Unpublished M.A. Thesis, University of Auckland, 1960. have notably contributed to the history of the Roman Catholic Church. Research by P.F. McKimmey 6 P.F. McKimmeys, "The Prohibition Movement in New Zealand, 1885-1894" unpublished M.A. Thesis, Auckland University, 1968. and K.G. Geard 7 K.J. Geard, "The Prohibition Movement, 1894-1914", unpublished M.A. Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington, In Progress. into the nature of the New Zealand prohibition movement and Ian Breward's published monograph on Bible-in-Schools controversies 8
Ian Breward, Godless Schools? (Christchurch, 1967.) have made available analysis of socio-religious conflicts that divided New Zealanders from the late nineteenth century until well into the twentieth century. In the field of contemporary church history a symposium on religion in New Zealand including articles by J. Mols, J. Harre, and W.H. Oliver,9 W.H. Oliver, W. Merlin Davies, Lloyd G. Geering et al; Landfall, XX (1), March 1966, pp.4-59. posed questions about present day New Zealand ecelesiastical life that cannot be satisfactorily answered without an awareness of the theological and sociological development of the New Zealand churches and sects.