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Prof Peter Lineham BA, M.A. Hons, DPhil, BD

Professor in History

School of Humanities

Peter Lineham has for many years written and lectured extensively on the religious history of New Zealand, although his earliest work, still continuing, was on the 18th and 19th century history of British Protestant sects. His recent work has focused on broader trends in contemporary religion although he has not lost his fascination with the nineteenth-century adjustment of religion within New Zealand. His most recent book is "Destiny: the Life and Times of a Self-made Apostle" (Penguin Books, 2013). He is currently engaged in various projects on new religious movements in New Zealand, and on Brethren, Protestant, Evangelical and Anglican history.

Peter Lineham is a respected historian focusing on religion and society in 18th and 19th century England and New Zealand. He has extensively published in the field. He is widely used as a media commentator on these fields and on contemporary religious trends. He lives in Auckland, and is a well known bibliophile!

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Contact details

  • Ph: ext 41662 or DDI 4140832
    Location: 2.50, Atrium
    Campus: Albany


  • Bachelor of Arts - University of Canterbury (1973)
  • Master of Arts (first Class Honours) - University of Canterbury (1975)
  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of Sussex (1978)
  • Bachelor of Divinity - University of Otago (1989)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

New Zealand's Religious History and current religious patterns


21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
British History (210305):
Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History) (220401):
Historical Studies (210300): History And Archaeology (210000): New Zealand History (210311):
Philosophy And Religious Studies (220000): Religion and Religious Studies (220400): Religion and Society (220405)


Protestant religious movements

Denominational history

Institutional history of religion

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 8

Supervision and Teaching


European history

New Zealand history

Church history


Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Gregory Wood - Doctor of Philosophy
    James Cowan: The Significance of his Journalism
  • Lynne McDonald - Doctor of Philosophy
    Missionaries on Choiseul, Solomon Islands, 1904-1978

Co-supervisor of:

  • Alistair Watts - Doctor of Philosophy
    'Liaisons dangereuses?' The influence of France on the options and opportunities for New Zealand 1918-1939
  • Philippa Wyatt - Doctor of Philosophy
    A History of Humanitarianism in NZ to 1870

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2014 - Barry Buckley - Doctor of Philosophy
    "As Loyal Citizens...": The Relationship between the New Zealand Catholicism, the State and Politics, 1945 - 1965
  • 2014 - Noel Derbyshire - Doctor of Philosophy
    An Anatomy of Antipodean Anglicanism : The Anglican Church in New Zealand 1945 to 2012
  • 2013 - Sylvia Yuan - Doctor of Philosophy
    "Kiwis" in the Middle Kingdom: A sociological interpretation of the history of New Zealand Missionaries in China from 1877 to 1952 and beyond
  • 2008 - Geoffrey Troughton - Doctor of Philosophy
    Jesus in New Zealand 1900 - 1940
  • 2004 - Hugh Morrison - Doctor of Philosophy
    `It is our Bounden Duty': The Emergence of the New Zealand Protestant Missionary Movement 1868-1926.
  • 2004 - Ian Hunter - Doctor of Philosophy
    Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in New Zealand 1880-1910.
  • 1994 - Christopher Van Der Krogt - Doctor of Philosophy
    More a Part than Apart the Catholic Community in New Zealand Society 1918-1940

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2016 - Judith Ward - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Invention of Papahurihia
  • 2009 - William Sheehan - Doctor of Philosophy
    'Defending the high ground' The transformation of the discipline of history into a senior secondary school subject: A New Zealand curriculum debate
  • 2008 - Grant Gillon - Doctor of Philosophy
    Formation, durability & susceptibility: Coalition traits that affected NZ MMP Governments 1996-2002
  • 2008 - Andrew Chrystall - Doctor of Philosophy
    The New American Vortex: Explorations of McLuhan
  • 2008 - Carolyn Mincham - Doctor of Philosophy
    A Social and Cultural History of the New Zealand Horse
  • 2007 - Richard Nightingale - Doctor of Philosophy
    Maori at Work: The Shaping of a Maori Workforce with the New Zealand State 1935 - 1975

Media and Links


  • 22 May 2015 - Newspaper
    Interview for article on Destiny Church
    my comments were cited as academic expert on Destiny Church by reporter for Herald on Sunday; article appeared in Herald on Sunday, 24/5/2015
  • 21 May 2015 - Television, Radio
    Interview by Paul Henry (TV3/Radio Live)
    Interview on Bible in Schools Controversy

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