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
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...
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....
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.
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,...
As much as we know that Christmas is not about presents, we also know that somehow presents are still a really good part of Christmas celebrations. To have something handed to you that someone else has bought or made with you in mind, and having thought about what might bring you some joy is - let’s face it - just really nice. And that sense of being considered is multiplied if the gift is something appropriate, something you really like and something which has clearly been given some thought. And...
Today the Moderator wrote to all parishes, ministers, presbyteries and synods encouraging them to support the Upper South Island Earthquake Appeal he launched at General Assembly 2016 in response to the earthquakes of 14 November which caused devastation across the northern part of the South Island and Wellington.
The Moderator, Right Rev Richard Dawson says the Presbyterian Church has many churches in these areas led by able and faithful ministers of the Gospel who love their people and the communities they serve. "These people and their communities are...
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.
Right Rev Richard Dawson, the new Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, said that the Church believes that Jesus suffers with all...
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.
Due to the Civil Defence advisory asking people to stay out of Wellington's central business district following the large earthquake which has affected the top of the South Island and bottom of the North Island, Assembly Office is closed until an inspection of the building has been completed. For urgent matters (noting that is unlikely the Assembly team will have access to their computer files), please contact the relevant person directly. Assembly Office team contact details