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Friday 03 March 2017


As we move toward the season of Lent, we think about living simply, and the things we might give up to allow us to better focus on our relationship with God.

Each year in late March, our parishes throughout New Zealand celebrate Neighbours Day Aoteroa, a time when we reach out the hand of welcome and friendship to our neighbours and build safe and loving communities together.

Neighbours Day offers us a...

Tuesday 28 February 2017

Tēnā koutou katoa

Jill Kayser is an undoubted taonga of our Church. She is a person of great integrity, remarkable resilience and amazing vision. The following article is written by Jill for this year’s national Children’s Day on Sunday 5 March.

It raises once more for all of us the vital nature of our work with children and, in particular, how key they are for our mission and ministry in the wider community. We could do no better than to make this article a part of our annual strategy in every parish.

Whakatōngia to wairua...

Friday 24 February 2017

Over the last twelve months the Presbyterian and Anglican Schools’ offices have been collaborating on a Christian contemplation curriculum website.

The website is now live and can be found at

There are many resources available to New Zealand schools from within the mindfulness stream which have either a Buddhist or secular framework, explains Rev Sharon Ross Ensor from the Presbyterian Schools' Resource Office.

"The website has been developed in response to schools wanting access to resources and curriculum from...

Monday 13 February 2017

Click to download the Autumn 2017 edition of Spanz magazine.

In this edition we discover how parishes across the country are rescuing unwanted food and...

Wednesday 01 February 2017

The 2016 minutes of the General Assembly held at St David Centre, University of Otago, Dunedin, from Tuesday 15 November to Saturday 19 November 2016 are now online. Read them here.


Wednesday 01 February 2017

Greetings to you all as we look forward to a fine Waitangi weekend.

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

I begin with a traditional Maori karakia which I pray for and over the whole Church:

He hōnore, he korōria ki te Atua
He maungārongo ki te whenua
He whakaaro pai ki ngā tāngata katoa
Hangā e te Atua he ngākau hou
Ki roto, ki tēnā, ki tēnā o mātou
Whakatōngia to wairua tapu
Hei awhina, hei tohutohu i a mātou
Hei ako hoki i ngā mahi mō tēnei rā


Monday 30 January 2017

Congratulations to Rina Rakuraku who will be installed as the spiritual leader, the Moderator of Te Aka Puaho, the Maori Synod of the Presbyterian Church on Friday 3 February at Te Maungarongo Marae, Ohope.

Rina (Marina) Rakuraku is of Tuhoe and Ngati Porou and Kahungungu descent, and has Scottish, English and Spanish roots. She was raised in Waimana and has been a Maori resource teacher at Paroa School in Whakatane.

Her uncle, former Moderator, the Very Rev Tame Takao, had a hand in her decision to take the role of Moderator on.

“I believe in the Lord moving in...

Thursday 22 December 2016

To Whom It May Concern,

Kia ora, me nga mihi nui ki a koutou hoki.

Turakina Maori Girls’ College was closed in January of this year, after 110 years of service, and the students were obliged to make alternative arrangements for the continuation of their education.

Friends of TMGC Association was holding funds which had accumulated over the 60 years of its existance for scholarships, and a large part of these was distributed to those girls who had found a home at Hukarere Girls’ College, and to that College itself to be used for scholarships in the future....

Tuesday 20 December 2016

Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year to everyone from the Presbyterian Church Assembly Office. Assembly Office will be closed from 23 December 2016 reopening 9 January 2017. For any emergencies or urgent matters during this time use the AES and service team leaders mobile phone contact details on the Church website.

Tuesday 20 December 2016

Recently I attended a Christmas Carol service. One of the songs we sang was an old Frank Sinatra melody with the lyrics:

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on, our troubles will be out of sight
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Make the Yuletide gay
From now on, our troubles will be miles away

I thought, if only... if only this were true.

After many years in ministry I am well aware that for many families in New Zealand trouble is not out-of-sight in the Christmas season,...


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