Appointments of National Officers & Council Members at ConneXion 2020

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At this year’s ConneXion, the WMCNZ National Conference elected the following people to serve as National Officers and National Council Members. Announcing the appointment of the following National Officers: Reverend Brett Jones was appointed National Superintendent (2 Year Term) Reverend  Michael Yates was appointed Assistant National Superintendent Church Development (4 Year Term) Reverend Peter Benzie was appointed National Secretary (4 Year Term) The status of National Superintendent Emeritus was conferred on Reverend Dr Richard Waugh   The following people were elected to serve on National Council (2 Year Term): Reverend Frank Ritchie Reverend Dr Clint Ussher Reverend Semisi Kailahi Reverend … 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

UPDATE – Christchurch COVID-19 Case & WMCNZ ConneXion

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Tēnā koutou, You may be aware that a health worker working at a managed isolation facility in Christchurch tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. They are isolating at home along with a household contact who has since tested negative. You and those in your church may be wondering what this means for ConneXion 2020 which commences in Christchurch this Friday. Indications from the Ministry of Health are that there is minimal risk to anyone in the community. ConneXion 2020 will therefore proceed as planned. We will continue to monitor the situation and will update you if necessary. Rest assured that … Read More

NCLANZ Statement on The End of Life Choice Act

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This morning, National Church Leaders of Aotearoa New Zealand released the following statement on the upcoming referendum regarding The End of Life Choice Act. A Joint Statement by the National Leaders of Most New Zealand Church Denominations We urge the people of Aotearoa New Zealand to vote very cautiously in the two Referendums, because both decisions carry the risk of inflicting serious long-term damage on our society, endangering vulnerable people, and making our country less safe for everyone. The End of Life Choice Act As church leaders, we are very familiar with people being terminally ill and dying, and we … Read More

NCLANZ Statement on The Cannabis Legalisation & Control Bill

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This morning National Church Leaders of Aotearoa New Zealand, released the following statement statement on the upcoming referendum regarding The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill. A Joint Statement by the National Leaders of Most New Zealand Church Denominations We urge the people of Aotearoa New Zealand to vote very cautiously in the two Referendums, because both decisions carry the risk of inflicting serious long-term damage on our society, endangering vulnerable people, and making our country less safe for everyone. The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill We support the recent new provision in law (2019) for cannabis-based medicine to be available … 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

Celebrating 20 Years of WMCNZ

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On the 24th August, WMCNZ ministers from the Central North Island region gathered along with their spouses to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of WMCNZ. 14 Ministers and spouses gathered for an excellent lunch at the Divine Cafe, Hastings. Pastor Timoci Kabakaba drove 3 hours from Wanganui, and Pastor Luisa and Ratu Meli drove from Palmerston North. Others in the group were from Napier, Hastings and Havelock North – Rev Kathy Eddie, Rev Duncan and Sirinthip Leighton, Rev Ravai and Becky Rennel, Pastor Hank and Hilda Overeem, Rev John and Jenny Bennett, Rev Edgar and Judy Hornblow. Jenny made a fantastic … Read More

Forward Progress at The Well (Christchurch)

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On Sunday, 9 August 2020, The Well Church (Christchurch) celebrated the induction of David Graham as their new Assistant Pastor. After a prolonged hiring process (extended due to Covid-19), David started into this new role at the beginning of August. It has been very encouraging to see the many ways God has actively been guiding this process with David from the very outset. There is a clear sense of call, a strong sense of ‘fit,’ and an answer to prayer. Please read on (below) for a bio of David, Sydney, and Norah Graham. It was an encouraging time of forward … Read More

Back in the Pulpit

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This past Sunday represented a significant milestone in Rev Dr Richard Waugh’s recovery journey as he preached his first message at East City Wesleyan since Christmas 2019!  Taking Luke 10:25-37 as his text, Rev Waugh drew comparisons between the parable of the Good Samaritan and the life and ministry of TV show host Rev Fred Rogers aka “Mister Rogers”.  “A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood” was part of East City Wesleyan’s “At the Movies” series where popular movie themes are interwoven with the timeless truths of scripture, to present gospel challenges for the 21st century. The day was made special … Read More