Kia Ora and Welcome

to the official website for the 2014 bicentenary of gospel beginnings in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Planning is underway for events that will commemorate and celebrate the partnership of Ruatara and Marsden in the first recorded proclamation of the Christian Gospel at Oihi on Christmas Day in 1814. This website will continue to develop over the period leading up to the bicentenary day itself, providing information on events around the country and recounting the history of 1814 and beyond. A first important moment was the history symposium held in November 2012.

The events of 1814 are seminal not only for church life in our nation, but also for the foundation of the bicultural life of our nation. We all seek to grow in our understanding of one another and the place of the gospel message as we look towards 2014.

Nau mai, haere mai.

View plans for the development of the Marsden Cross site for the bicentennary.

Commemorative Ecumenical service of Thanksgiving at Marsden Cross

Date: Christmas Day, Thursday 25 December 2014
Time: 11am
Location: Marsden Cross, Oihi Bay
Cost: Free

Commemorating the Bicenntennial of the first Christian message preached in New Zealand on Christmas Day 1814, an Ecumenical service of Thanksgiving will be held at the Marsden Cross, Oihi Bay, starting at 11am.

Tickets are not required and registration is not essential but it will assist with planning for the event, so please register if you will be attending.

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