General Assembly 2016

This year's General Assembly will be held from 15-19 November in Dunedin at the University of Otago. General Assembly kicks off in the early evening of Tuesday, 15 November with a powhiri and opening worship including Moderator’s induction. Business sessions begin the following morning. Business is expected to be concluded by early afternoon on Saturday, 19 November.


The General Assembly website address is The website contains all the information you need to know about the Hope Conference and General Assembly business including registration, fees, accommodation options, travel and more.

Please note that the General Assembly website was created by and is run by the GA16 Local Arrangements Committee - please email any suggestions you have for the website to

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On the right-hand side of this page is a sign-up form - "Subscribe to GA News". Just enter your name and email and every day of the 2016 Assembly and Hope Conference we will send you an email with the latest news.


Registration is now open

Register now for the Hope Conference and General Assembly.

Ministers' training day

On Tuesday, 15 November a training day for ministers will be held. Information about speakers and topics can be found here.

Hope conference

For those who are not commissioners to General Assembly, a resourcing conference will be held in parallel with General Assembly on 16-18 November. The programme includes a variety of speakers as well as streams and workshops.

Workshop for youth commissioners

On Tuesday 15 November, youth commissioners are invited to join PYM for an orientation event to help commissioners understand and participate in General Assembly. More details will be available in due course.

GA16 Updates from the Moderator Designate

The Moderator Designate will be sending out regular GA updates to parishes, presbyteries and synods as we build toward November's GA. Download them here:

10 August 2016 GA Update

26 August 2016 GA Update

14 September 2016 GA Update

26 September 2016 GA Update

12 October 2016 GA Update

31 October 2016 GA Update

8 November 2016 GA Update

Nominating commissioners

The process for nominating commissioners has changed.

Pursuant to Book of Order regulation 8.17 new regulations provide that presbytery is responsible for the organisation of appointments of commissioners to attend the General Assembly, and that the selection of commissioners is based on the total number of full members of congregations within a presbytery, on a fair and reasonable basis. For every 100 members, a presbytery will commission one elder or minister and will allocate the commissions across the congregations within the presbytery.

Presbyteries are currently working on how to implement the new regulations, and to assist in this task, guidelines were issued in late 2015.

Proposals to General Assembly

A deadline on 1 July 2016 has been set for receiving all reports and proposals that will be considered by General Assembly. This timeframe enables consultation with presbyteries which fulfils the 2012 Assembly’s decision supporting presbyteries’ participation in the setting of the Assembly agenda.




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