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Thursday 23 April 2015


ANZAC Day 1915 is a very special day in our history. It is this day that has shaped us as a nation. It is this day that the stories are told and passed from one generation to the next. It is this day that all agree “must not happen again”, and yet the cycle of history turns and each new generation must grapple with the issues of the present day. Lest we forget!

Last year I visited the Jerusalem memorial for over one million children who died in the Holocaust. Our guide asked, “Why did this happen?”

We must wrestle with the question of why...

Wednesday 22 April 2015

Have you undertaken study leave at any time during the past 10 years?  Do you have a study leave report languishing on your desk or filed in your study or almost completed on your computer?  If so, NOW is the time to share it with the rest of the Church.  Please find it, dust it off, give it the last finishing touches if required and send it to KCML – we will be happy to accept paper copies or electronic versions.  

Reports already submitted are available on the Resources page of the KCML website  ...

Thursday 02 April 2015

Applications are invited for the position of Administration Coordinator – Training in Mission. The Training in Mission programme is a youth leadership development programme run by the Council for World Mission (CWM), taking place for ten months in Taiwan, Kiribati and New Zealand. The Administration Coordinator will help to oversee the New Zealand leg of the programme, which will be hosted by the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand (PCANZ) from September to December 2015. Applications close 28 April. ...

Wednesday 01 April 2015

Easter came early for me this year, yesterday I celebrated the Passover Seder with the Wellington Jewish Council.

The Passover Seder retells the story of liberation from slavery of the people of Israel from Egypt. It is this story that paints the backdrop to the events of Easter which we celebrate.

"Had not the Holy one liberated our people from Egypt, then we, our children and our children's children would still be enslaved."

Had it not been for the grace of God!

What impressed me during the meal was that everything you do (touch, taste, smell, see and hear)...

Tuesday 31 March 2015

Download Easter & Pentecost Hymns & Lectionary Readings from the New Zealand Hymnbook Trust  


Thursday 19 March 2015

In a response to the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam, our Moderator the Rt Rev Andrew Norton has launched Pacific Vision Vanuatu, an appeal supporting our partner church, the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu.

The Presbyterian Church has also received an appeal for help from Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu, (the Tuvalu Christian Church). Some congregations within our church include members from Tuvalu and other Pacific island nations affected by the cyclone, for example, Kiribati. Congregations and...

Thursday 19 March 2015

Christian World Service has launched an appeal to support the people of Vanuatu in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Pam. The money raised will go to local people providing food, water, healthcare, emergency shelter and non-food items in the short term. Read more

Tuesday 17 March 2015

17 March 2015


Dear Friends and Colleagues

Moderator’s Appeal - Pacific Vision: Vanuatu

Today, I have launched an appeal in response to the devastation across Vanuatu caused by Cyclone Pam.

The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand has a long-standing partnership with the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu (PCV). In solidarity and in partnership with the PCV, we are launching Pacific Vision: Vanuatu, a fund that will assist the PCV in their vision of mission and service to the people of Vanuatu. Rather than...

Saturday 14 March 2015

Many New Zealanders will be concerned about the news of the devastating tropical cyclone affecting the Pacific, with reports of severe damage being caused Vanuatu. The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand has a close relationship with the Presbyterian Church in Vanuatu, and is monitoring the situation closely. Six members of our church (three married couples) are currently serving in various areas of Vanuatu. The cyclone has made communication extremely difficult and so far we have been unable to get confirmed reports of the extent of damage. We will pass on information as and when...

Thursday 12 March 2015

The Rt Rev Andrew Norton, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church Aotearoa New Zealand, joined other New Zealand denominational leaders in calling for peace in Syria and Iraq.The detail of the open letter signed by church leaders is below. Parishes are invited to use the liturgical resources provided by the World Council of Churches (links at the bottom of this page) this Sunday, 15 March (or any other Sunday in March) to mark the fourth anniversary of the beginning of conflict in Syria. 

13 March 2015



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