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June 2021
A Family in God who are followers of Christ

Winter Means Waiting

By Christine Hoover

In winter, I spend an inordinate amount of time holed up in my home under a blanket, guzzling hot coffee, and longing for spring’s arrival. It’s not my favourite season, but favourite or not, winter is important. Despite what we see with our eyes, the earth in winter is busy creating life. We only know this is so because spring eventually comes, and then we marvel at what that life looks like.
Is it possible that God designed winter and the earthly cycle of life, death, and renewal in order to speak a deeper truth? >>> CONTINUE READING


Navigating Rural Landscapes

Over the past few months the Venerable Sue Burns (Tamahere) has made in excess of twenty rural parish visits. At each one she has recorded the experience, analysis and aspirations of the local congregation in their own voice. This has been a hugely significant piece of research commissioned by the Bishop as a consequence of our commitment to rural ministry  >>> CONTINUE READING

St Peter's Katikati

Parish Profile
Today St Peter’s in Katikati is a thriving, vibrant parish. However, when Reverend Brendan Gibbs and his wife Sally moved to town more than 20 years ago, they found a community who’d become increasingly disconnected with the church. Brendan’s unique solution was to make himself redundant!  >>>READ ARTICLE

Hēnare Wiremu Taratoa 
Inspiring Compassion

Hēnare Wiremu Taratoa (b. circa 1830) was a leader of Ngāti Te Rangi of the Tauranga district. He is best known within the Anglican community and throughout New Zealand for developing and writing down the “Orders of the Day” for Māori involved in the battle at Pukehinahina, or the Gate Pā, on 29 April 1864.
His “orders” are credited as inspiring the many acts of kindness that Māori showed to invading British soldiers that day CONTINUE READING >>>

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Hēnare Wiremu Taratoa 
Inspiring Compassion

Contemporary Christian NZ musician and writer Strahan Coleman has released four songs from his Commoners Communion podcast: Lauds. These new tracks have been written, performed and produced by Jonathan Class to enable listeners “to find rest and peace in [their] daily lives.” 
You can learn more about this project here and listen to it on Spotify by searching for “Lauds” (artist ‘Commoners Communion’) >>> READ OTHER RESOURCE ARTICLES

Te Huinga Clergy Conference July 14-16

Registration for Te Huinga (The Gathering) are now open online on our Diocese website (and will close in 10 day’s time). This year’s collaboration with Te Manawa o te Wheke will be held at Waikato Diocesan School for Girls over July 14-16 (Wednesday 11am to Friday 1pm) >>> READ MORE
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