Te Matatini Kapahaka Festival

Central to the bid was the opportunity to give back to iwi who came and supported us in our time of need. We have been overwhelmed and humbled by the support that we’ve had from iwi all around the country. This is our chance to reciprocate that aroha, care and support. -Te Waitaha Cultural Council […]

Summer of Fun

Between November 2014 and March 2015 churches and community groups hosted Summer of Fun events all over the city, it was a simple way to connect with our local community. We were living the Gospel of welcome and hospitality The response was amazing and the summer events were all booked up with events all over […]

Festival 200

Telling the Story: James Stack and the Anglican Story. James W Stack was born in Puriri in 1835 to missionary parents. Years later he started a mission himself in Port Levy and St Stephens in Tuahiwi (near Woodend) is part of his legacy. Festival 200: Telling the Story is a series of video interviews with […]


Kotahitanga: ‘That they might be in perfect unity’. The last passionate prayer of Jesus from John chapter 17 expressing His heart for His people to reflect the very essence of the Godhead, Oneness. ‘Perfect Unity’ in the Maori Bible is the word ‘Kotahitanga’. We find this invitation to ‘Oneness’ not only in the pages of […]

Spotlight on 24-7 Youth Work

‘Being local, staying committed’ 24-7 Youth Work places church-based youth workers in high schools across New Zealand, an initiative begun in Christchurch 16 years ago. With a presence in almost every Christchurch high school, 24-7 believes in local churches supporting their youth workers to effective change in local schools. Speaking with national coordinator Jay Geldard […]

Pastor’s Groups

Thursday pastors group meets fortnightly at Spreydon Baptist. It is for sole or senior pastors who share a vision for renewal and mission for their churches. Each gathering consists of a time of worship together followed by some input on a ministry related theme. This is followed by a robust discussion around the topic that […]

The danger of the single story

Arriving in America as a young college student, Chimamanda Adichie realised that she was viewed no longer within her Nigerian middle-class context, but as the ‘other’ – an African.  The depth of her own culture was reduced by those around her to a two dimensional cut-out, where in America a single story dominated of beautiful […]

Anglican Social Justice Unit

The Social Justice Unit is part of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch (NZ) and Anglican Care Canterbury and Westland. The Social Justice Unit works collaboratively with a variety of NGOs and agencies on a wide range of issues. They are currently involved with; child poverty, the Living Wage, penal reform, rental housing, predatory alcohol placement, […]

2014 in Aotearoa

2014 is upon us, a year of great significance and expectation. Next week we celebrate Waitangi, and although controversy has often marked this day, we are again invited to reflect upon the significance of a covenant that is foundational to our nation. Next year marks the 175th anniversary of the Treaty, and along with the bi-centenary […]

Listening to the Story

An amazing week in the beautiful city of Christchurch, 25 degrees one day, then plummeting to 8 degrees shortly thereafter! Warm days, cold days, the Lord God made them all!“Listening to the Story” is part of the kaupapa (reason for being) for Te Raranga. Having just read Keith Newman’s latest book “Beyond Betrayal”, a wonderful […]