Ohope Marae
5th-7th February 2016

This year you are invited to explore with the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church, the Rt Rev Andrew Norton, and the Moderator of Te Aka Puaho, the Rev Wayne Te Kaawa, what does the Treaty of Waitangi mean for us in a uniquely Presbyterian context?

This will take place at the newly reopened Ohope marae: a place of belonging, reconciliation, peace, pilgrimage and spiritual renewal. This is our place, our turangawaewae! This is our place to come home to. This is where we rediscover our identity and our destiny. It is where to learn the depth of manaakitanga as we experience welcome, hospitality and respect for one another and are united as one in Christ.

You are invited to journey with us. Everyone is welcome.

Details about the event, what you need to bring, the cost and how to get involved are in this document. Read more

Please RSVP by Wednesday, 3 February if you are interested in attending.



The Trans-Tasman Ecumenical Rural Ministry Consultation 2016 is being held in Wairarapa 16-20 May 2016. For registration and other details see


The Christian Conference of Asia has extended this invitation to attend the congress, which is held in India 18-22 April 2016. Read more background about the conference, or download the application form.


The Leadership Sub-Committee is undertaking an assessment of the Ministry Review process. Ministry Reviews are focused on ongoing ministry development for ordained ministers serving in a congregation or a chaplaincy role.

The review team of Barry Ayers, Rob Ferguson and Paul Ramsay have developed a survey to help assess the implementation and operation of the Ministry Review process.

The survey will remain open until 31 March 2016 and all responses are anonymous unless you wish to supply your contact details. Ministers, reviewers and anyone else who is interested in the Ministry Review process are invited to complete the survey at:


Calling all mission advisors, enablers, strategists or facilitators

Press Go is co-ordinating a one-and-a-half-day workshop for mission leaders from Thu, 21 - Fri, 22 April 2016. The workshop is an opportunity for those employed by presbyteries as well as volunteers to get together for discussion, planning, networking and mutual support. 

Contact Lisa Wells, Press Go catalyst for more information. Learn more here 



Presbyterian Women of Aotearoa New Zealand has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the United Nations body responsible for initiatives for the advancement of women.  The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of ECOSOC, and woment from our Church are gearing up for the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) in 2016!

Event organisers are calling designers around the world to submit ideas for the cover of our handbook to be used at the 2016 event. The winner of the contest will have her or his design with credits featured on the handbook. This is a great chance to build your portfolio, reach an international crowd, and above all, contribute to a great cause.

Design considerations

The theme for CSW60 is: "Women's empowerment and its link to sustainable development." In your design cover, please incorporate your thoughts on what the theme means to you. For more information about the theme see:

How to enter

Send submissions to no later than Tuesday, 15 January 201.

Submission guidelines

Preferred - Adobe Illustrator: version CC or lower (not lower than CS3)

One-color & Multi-color artwork

  • file must be saved as: .AI/.EPS/.PDF Resolution: N/A (vector art is resolution independent)
  • convert fonts to Outlines, or email font files along with the Illustrator file(s).

Accepted - Adobe Photoshop: version CC or lower (not lower than CS3)

One-color artwork

  • File must be saved as: .PSD/.TIF
  • JPEG files are accepted in some cases, but are not preferred.
  • Resolution: 150dpi-300dpi, @ final print size (TBD)
  • Color Mode: It is best to create 1-color artwork as 100% Black, on a White or Transparent background, in Greyscale Mode.
  • Email file fonts for all fonts used.

Not Accepted - Microsoft native forms

  • Microsoft Word (and other text-editing programs) and PowerPoint are not accepted.



Project Supervisor: Dr Candice Harris, AUT

Researcher: Vivian Coleman

An Invitation

My name is Vivian Coleman and I am a post-graduate student studying Human Resources for a thesis in Masters of Business at AUT. I am also a minister in full standing of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand.

I am inviting you to be part of a qualitative study in which you will have an opportunity to share with me your experiences of being reviewed or appraised in your church ministry. Anything you say to me will be kept confidential and you will not be identifiable in reports of the research.

Although ministers are not employees in New Zealand law, they are responsible for their work and encouraged as professionals to reflect on the past and set goals for the future. Such reviews are undertaken in many different formats but could be regarded as a ‘performance appraisal’ comparable with those of other organisations like businesses or schools. However there may be subtle or significant differences, and I am interested in hearing the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of your own experience. The research will be reported in a Master’s Thesis and a summary will be provided to you at that time.

Who am I looking for?

Participants need to be parish ministers with either the Baptist or Presbyterian denominations in New Zealand, who have experienced clergy review. ‘Clergy reviews’ are defined in this project as “the organisational exercise of appraising the minister’s performance, undertaken at intervals of 1 – 3 years.” I need about fifteen parish ministers who speak English. The national office is forwarding this invitation on my behalf and has not supplied your email address; I will only have your contact details if you respond to this email invitation.

Once you have agreed to participate, I will send you a consent form. We will organise a time for one in-depth interview of 60 – 90 minutes with me. This interview will be at a time convenient to you in a place where you feel comfortable and private, such as your church office. Your thoughts, feelings, memories and opinions are all you need to bring to the interview, though you may if you wish to bring documents relating to a past review. Your interview notes will be kept safe and confidential and I will use pseudonyms in my report. The recorded data and analysis will only be used for this research topic.

How do I learn more or sign up as a participant?

Click here for a more detailed Participant Information Form.

Contact: Vivian Coleman
Mobile 027 275 8351

Please respond by the end of February 2015 so I can complete the interviews by 30 April 2015.

I am grateful to the Presbyterian Church for assistance in contacting potential participants.


Vivian Coleman (Rev Mrs) 


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