Pastoral Letter – COVID-19 Vaccination

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(Pictured: Rotuma Wesleyan Church had their first dose of the Pfizer Vaccination at the Otara Vaccination Station together on 23 May) *This post was updated on 28 October 2021 to reflect newly available information and the introduction of Aotearoa New Zealand’s Covid Protection Framework. “It’s not just about this decision for yourself; it’s also about the opportunity to do something for your neighbors…Brothers and sisters, this really is a love-your-neighbor moment.” (Francis Collins director of the National Institutes of Health during a webinar called “Evangelicals & COVID-19 Vaccine” April 2021) We have all felt the impact of COVID-19 over the … Read More

National Superintendent Update: A Call to Prayer

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Tēnā koutou katoa, In the wake of yesterday’s supermarket attack, I want to call us to prayer. Prayer for the victims of this attack who are now receiving medical treatment for serious injuries. We pray also for the medical staff offering care. Prayer for the attacker’s family who will be grieving the loss of a loved one and trying to come to terms with his actions while under media and police attention. Prayer for witnesses and first responders who will bear the psychological impact of such a horrific event. We pray for police officers who have had to take a … Read More

National Superintendent Update – Government Apology for Dawn Raids

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Today the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made a formal apology on behalf of the Government for the 1970’s “Dawn Raids” conducted as part of a policy of immigration enforcement.  The government has acknowledged these raids were disproportionately targeted to immigrants from the Pacific and that the tactics employed were routinely severe and often demeaning. This was an exceedingly difficult time for our Pacific peoples and today’s apology will no doubt have raised a range of conflicting emotions.  Some will have found a level of closure through the announcement; others may have relived memories they would prefer to forget; many will live … Read More

Thinking Biblically About Wellbeing

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The past 18 months have placed an extraordinary amount of stress on New Zealanders as we have navigated unexpected change, financial pressure, social isolation, anxiety and in some cases the illness and death of loved ones. The issue of personal and community wellbeing has been brought to the fore in a fresh and compelling way. How might the scriptures guide us towards taking steps towards our own wellbeing? As a Wesleyan movement, we have embraced the concept of a “consistent life ethic” in how we approach our living and are oriented toward those things that enable life to flourish towards … Read More

National Superintendent – COVID-19 Update

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The Health Minister, Chris Hipkins, updated the nation today on recent developments concerning the “A-Z Employee” case in the Auckland CBD and the “Defence Worker Cluster”.  While there are currently no Alert Level changes, this is a weekend for us to be vigilant and self-check our current processes.  You can watch the full update here. In particular: (a) Please reaffirm to our people that if anyone is feeling unwell they should stay home from church, seek Healthline or GP advice and take a COVID test where recommended; (b) This weekend is a good time to assess your current contact tracing procedures – a good diagnostic … Read More

Special Announcement from the National Superintendent’s Office

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Over this past week, Rev Dr Richard Waugh advised the National Council of his decision to retire as National Superintendent, a role he has fulfilled since 2002. The National Council met on Saturday 29 August by ZOOM to receive notice of his retirement and reflected with deep appreciation on the many years of sacrificial, fruitful service given by Richard in this role.  An appropriate honouring of Richard’s ministry will form part of the annual Conference in November which includes our 20-year celebration. Richard has prepared a personal statement to share with the wider church: With my recuperation from medical treatment these recent … Read More

National Superintendent – Monthly Update June 2020

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Tēnā koutou katoa, Bula vinaka, Mālō e lelei, Noa’ia, Ni Hao, Magandang araw, Greetings,   This Sunday will be our first in Alert Level 1!  It’s a moment for celebration, a milestone of wellness for Aotearoa-New Zealand, as she has faced the threat of COVID-19. We should celebrate being the Body of Christ gathered in-person – it is a part of who we are to be gathered and for God to be embodied in our midst.  As we hear in Ephesians 2:22 we are being built into a dwelling which God lives by His Spirit.  It’s a wonderful picture of … Read More