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Presbyterians reject that earthquakes are ‘divine punishment’

Friday 18 November 2016

Friday 18 November 2016

At its General Assembly in Dunedin today the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand rejected the view that natural disasters, including the recent earthquakes, are a form of divine punishment. 

The Presbyterian Church expressed its “prayerful solidarity” with all those affected by the civil emergencies which have resulted from the current earthquake and storm disasters.

Presbyterian Church elects new leader full of hope

Friday 18 November 2016

Tues 15 November 2016


The Right Rev Richard Dawson of Dunedin is the new Moderator or elected leader of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. He begins his two year term from Tuesday 15 November 2016.

Richard is minister at St Stephens/Leith Valley Presbyterian Church in Dunedin. Born in Dunedin, he studied at the University of Otago. After graduating in 1980 he worked for Youth For Christ and then as a forestry contractor until 1985.  He then studied at the Presbyterian Theological Hall completing his training in 1988.

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