For the past two decades there has been an expanding interest in the implications of spirituality within social work practise (Cornett, 1992; Northcut, 2000; Praglin, 2004). Scholars and social workers alike are considering the appropriateness of including spirituality. This consideration is evident in the ethical codes of international social work organisations such as the IFSW (International Federation of Social Workers) and IASSW (International Association of Schools of Social Work). In New Zealand the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) is a member of these international bodies and has adopted the varying ethical codes. Spirituality is also an important aspect for different client groups within the New Zealand social services context. Despite the above, little attention has been given to exploring how social workers and social service agencies in New Zealand integrate spirituality in their work with clients to meet the varying ethical requirements. This study seeks to address the paucity of information by undertaking a mixed methods investigation of the role religion and spirituality has within New Zealand social work.