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Thursday 01 February 2018

Ko taku reo taku ohooho, ko taku reo taku mapihi mauria
My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul

The whole point of the Treaty, as I see it, was to form a partnership between two peoples – a partnership which valued the culture of each fully and equally. What formed thebasis of this agreement was a deep understanding that each culture had significant taonga (treasures) to offer a combined people.

One of the fundamental treasures of each culture was, without doubt, the language. Yet today – despite the fact that it is an...

Friday 15 December 2017

The Assembly Office team will be taking a break over the holiday period and returning refreshed to assist you in the New Year.

The office will close at 5:00pm, Thursday, 21 December and will re-open at 8:30am on Monday, 8 January. For any emergencies or urgent matters during this time use the Assembly Executive Secretary and service team leaders mobile phone contact details, which can be found on the Contact Us section of our website.

Merry Christmas and a very happy New...

Thursday 14 December 2017

Act Leader David Seymour’s “End of Life Choice” bill has just had its first reading in Parliament, where 76 MPs voted in favour and 44 against. The bill will now move to the justice select committee. If passed, the bill provide terminally ill patients with the option of having an assisted death.

The InterChurch Bioethics Council - an ecumenical cross-cultural body supported by the Anglican, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches of Aotearoa New Zealand - is urging Parliament to vote against the “End of Life Choice” bill....

Wednesday 13 December 2017



Dear Friends

Christmas is a struggle for the lonely. Nothing compounds feelings of  loneliness quite like seeing others celebrate a festival for families, and being asked common pleasantries such as if family are coming to visit. It’s not the fault of Christmas but it’s what happens. Christmas is hard on the lost. Who can begin to be found when everyone’s so busy with each other that no one’s even looking for the lost?

Christmas is tough for the unlovely. Those who feel rejected...

Tuesday 05 December 2017

Click to download the summer 2017 edition of Spanz. In this edition we explore how parishes around the country are sharing the Christmas story with their communities. We profile the life and ministry of Rev Taimoanaifakaofo (Fakaofo) Kaio, who will be presented to the next General Assembly for election as the Church’s Moderator 2018-2020. We...

Thursday 30 November 2017

Presbyterian Research Centre Ng New Zealand Chinese Heritage Collection has been awarded coveted UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand status. 

The Memory of the World Register lists documentary heritage which has regional and world significance and outstanding universal value.

UNESCO recognition draws attention to the significance of documentary heritage and the institutions that care for it.

The Ng Collection and six other select collections of New Zealand documentary heritage have been inscripted onto the prestigious UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand...

Friday 24 November 2017

The latest Council News October 2017 is now online. Read about the decisions made when the Council of Assembly met from 27 to 28 October in Auckland. The meeting had a very full agenda and by the time the meeting concluded not all the matters were able to be attended to. This means some will be actioned via email and others will require a teleconference during November. If you would like to sign up to receive Council News in your email inbox, you can do so on the Church website...

Thursday 23 November 2017

New Advent and Christmas worship resources have recently been published on the website,, run by Presbyterian minister, the Rev Silvia Purdie.

Resources include the lectionary Psalms paraphrased and formatted for worship. There is also a full set of Psalms for children and all-age worship, which is now published in a collection called "Let’s Say a Psalm’" and all the psalms are on the website also in numerical order.

Silvia advises that the material is all open and available for...

Thursday 23 November 2017

CSW62 (2018) the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 12 to 23 March 2018. 

Do you have a passion for social justice, gender equity and the empowerment of women? Applications to be a self-funded member of the delegation to attend CSW have been open for the past month. The deadline for applications is meant to be mid-December 2017 but exceptions could perhaps be made for exceptional reasons.

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Thursday 02 November 2017

Mark: The Illustrated Gospel is almost complete. This creative resource is the work of more than 40 artists from around New Zealand and features a complete paraphrase of Mark's gospel, accompanied with artwork, poetry, music along with liturgical resources and suggestions. The resource will initially be available online in time for the start of Advent at Printed copies will be available in the New Year. Each Presbyterian and Uniting congregation is entitled to a...


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