What we've said

The Church often speaks out on issues of importance in our communities. To find out what we've said check out our media releases, guest commentaries and letters to MPs and other officials.

News releases

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Recent media coverage

2 – 4 October 2010 – Presbyterian Church’s General Assembly media coverage. 2 October 2010, NZ Herald newspaper, “Korean visitors donate $47k to quake effort”; 2 October 2010, Radio NZ, “Korean church donates to earthquake appeal”, 3 October 2010, Radio NZ, “Presbyterian Church counts quake damage”; 2 October 2010, Newstalk ZB, “Canterbury Churches have $8 million damage”, 2 October 2010, Newstalk ZB, “Korean church boost for Christchurch”; 3 October 2010, Newstalk ZB, “Rev Coster next moderator”; 4 October 2010, Sunlive Community Newspaper, Tauranga, “Tauranga man 101st church leader”.

24 to 31 March 2010 – Presbyterian Church’s Easter message media coverage:  31 March, 2010, Breakfast, TV1, “Is the real meaning of Easter lost to kids?” (6:06 mins), Paul Henry of Breakfast asks Peter Lineham from Massey University if the Presbyterian Church is correct “that children are losing the real meaning of Easter behind a sea of chocolate”. Watch the video; 25 March 2010, page 3, The Dominion Post, “Real reason for Easter over-looked”; 24 March, 2010, NZ Herald. “More to Easter than eggs – church”; 24 March, 2010, TV3 News, “Easter not just about chocolate – church”. Ashburton Courier, Too many children associate Easter with chocolate rather than Christianity, the Presbyterian Church says; 1 April 2010. pg 23. The Star, Dunedin, “Meaning of Easter lost to children, church says”.

18 March 2010, pg 26 - The Guardian Manawatu, “Praise for parents raising children.” Read the Church’s Children’s Day media release.

14 March 2010 - Herald on Sunday, “A Game of Take and Take”. This feature story on tithing and other forms of charitable includes an interview with the Moderator the Right Rev Dr Graham Redding.

8 March 2010, 8.10 am – Radio Rhema morning show interview with the Right Rev Dr Graham Redding about Children’s Day 2010 and the “Parenting Today” social issues study guide the Church will send to all its parishes in April. Read the Church’s Children’s Day media release.

22 Feb – 11 March 2010 - E-minister media coverage: front page story Challenge Weekly “Virtual Vicar”, and stories in the Napier Mail “Church offering advice via email”; Capital Times, Wellington, “God online”; The Star, Dunedin, “Online clerics offering advice”; Lakes District and Central Otago News, Wanaka, “Church advice service relaunched”; Northland Age, “Ministry on the net”; Turangi Chronicle, “Church’s new e-minstry”; River City Press, Wanganui, “Advice from a minister via internet”; Central Canterbury News, “Consult the e-ministers”,  The Courier, Timaru, front page story “Moving with the times”; Rangitikei District Monitor, “E-minister answers questions”; The Daily Post-Weekender, Rotorua, "Email ministers to find the answers"; Opunake & Coastal News, Taranaki, “Church launches free advice service nationwide”; Mahurangimatters, Auckland. “You've got a minister online”. Read the e-minister media release and see the e-minister flyer.

18 February 2010 – Radio Rhema morning interview with the Right Rev Dr Graham Redding about what e-minister is and why the Presbyterian Church has launched the internet based advice service to the wider community. Listen to the interview. Read the e-minister media release and see the e-minister flyer.

17 February 2010 – Newspaper interviews with the Right Rev Dr Graham Redding on the Presbyterian Church’s launch of e-minister to the New Zealand public include “Holy help available on internet” in the Taranaki Daily News, and “Churches turn to internet for Ash Wednesday“ in the Otago Daily Times. Read the e-minister media release and see the e-minister flyer.

24 December 24, 2009, 6.00 pm – TVNZ ONE News, Church fears for gift-mad Christmas. The Right Rev Dr Graham Redding says modern Christmas has succumbed to consumerism and sends a message out to families to remember the religious story behind the holiday period. See the story and video.

15 December 2009 4.10 pm – Radio Rhema interview with the Right Rev Dr Graham Redding on the Presbyterian Church’s Christmas message and Christmas media release on  how Christmas is increasingly succumbing to consumerism. Read the Church’s Christmas message and media release.

24 November 2009 9 am – Radio Rhema interview with the Right Rev Dr Graham Redding on the Church leaders’ statement on climate change and the Church leaders’ paper on climate change and the environment presented to the Prime Minister in October. See the Church leaders’ statement and paper.

15 June 2009 9.25am – live interview Radio Rhema with the Right Rev Dr Graham Redding on the Church’s appreciation of its volunteers.

18 June 2009 - Waikato Times. Top volunteer slogs away for asthma group. Karla Akuhata.

20 Jun 2009 - Otago Daily Times. Volunteers Recognised. Sophie Huber

2 – 4 October 2010 – Presbyterian Church’s General Assembly media coverage. 2 October 2010, NZ Herald newspaper, “Korean visitors donate $47k to quake effort”; 2 October 2010, Radio NZ, “Korean church donates to earthquake appeal”, 3 October 2010, Radio NZ, “Presbyterian Church counts quake damage”; 2 October 2010, Newstalk ZB, “Canterbury Churches have $8 million damage”, 2 October 2010, Newstalk ZB, “Korean church boost for Christchurch”; 3 October 2010, Newstalk ZB, “Rev Coster next moderator”; 4 October 2010, Sunlive Community Newspaper, Tauranga, “Tauranga man 101st church leader”.

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