Click on an event name to display full details. Upcoming events related to the 2014 bicentenary of the first preaching of the gospel in New Zealand are listed below.

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Upcoming Events

NZCMS – The Gospel Then & Now

Like any nation our story contains elements of goodness, brokenness and redemption. Hear about this past and the implications for the growth of the gospel in New Zealand now and in the future. Throughout 2014 Mark Grace will be speaking at the following locations. This is a riveting story of our nation and the impact of the Gospel.

Date Time Location Town / City
Sunday 27 April 2014 10am Hutt City Baptist Church Hutt City
Friday 2 May 2014 7.30pm St Augustine’s Anglican Church
Britannia St
Sunday 4 May 2014 10am Ashhurst Anglican Church Ashhurst
Sunday 25 May 2014 8am & 9.45am St John’s Anglican Church Feilding
Sunday 8 June 2014 10am Lifezone
7 Oak Lane, Judea
Sunday 15 June 2014 10.30am & 12pm
St Michael’s Anglican Church
81 Upland Road, Kelburn
Tuesday 17 June 2014 7pm St Michael’s Anglican Church
81 Upland Road, Kelburn
Saturday 2 August 2014 To be confirmed All Saints Church
Vanguard St
Sunday 3 August 2014 9am All Saints Church
Vanguard St
Sunday 17 August 2014 10am Hope Church Nelson
Sunday 31 August 2014 10am Kapiti Coast Community Church Kapiti Coast
Sunday 5 October 2014 5pm All Saint’s Church Palmerston North
Sunday 9 November 2014 10am Lincoln Road Bible Chapel
Sunday 30 November 2014 10am Wanganui Bible Chapel Whanganui
Sunday 7 December 2014 10am The Lighthouse
23 Intermediate Street
Sunday 14 December 2014 10am Orewa Community Church Orewa

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Rua Rau Festival 2014

Date: Saturday 25 October
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Parade Ground, Old Kings, O’Connell Street, Parramatta, Australia
Contact Details: Charlie Morgan Ph 0413 935 905

The Rua Rau Festival commemorates the common history that has linked Maori to Sydney and the Parramatta region for over 200 years.

From spaces of reflection on our history, to the celebration of culture through performance, arts and food, the Festival contributes to a greater understanding of our past and leads to even closer connections in our future.

One Love Dannevirke Festival

Date: Saturday 25 October
Time: 2 – 5pm
Location: Allardice Street Carpark, Dannevirke

One Love Dannevirke is a community festival hosted by churches of Dannevirke.

It is party for the whole community, featuring live music, entertainment, rides, food and an opportunity to find out about God’s stories in our community and country over the last 200 years.

All the rides and entertainment and some of the food, is free – just come and have fun!

Centre Stage will feature live music and entertainment from Dannevirke’s finest performers and other NZ artists.

KidZone will offer face painting, craft activities, three bouncy castles, a puppet show, rides and a merry-go-round.

There will be rides for the bigger kids too – including a mechanical bull and a climbing wall.

Just in case you need an energy boost and to keep the kids happy, there is a free sausage sizzle.

For seniors and parents with babies, there is a free cafe where you can enjoy the fun while having a break with a cuppa.

There will also be a mini market with more food and goodies for sale.

During the festival, writer and historian Keith Newman will host a forum in the Hub seminar room to reveal Dannevirke’s and New Zealand’s forgotten Christian heritage.

And a bit later Owen Pomana from Hawkes Bay, will share his inspiring story.

On Sunday there will be a combined church service, 10.30am at the Hub, Allardice Street, Dannevirke (event details below).

One Love Dannevirke Combined Church Service

Date: Sunday 26 October
Time: 10.30am
Location: The Hub, Allardice Street, Dannevirke

Following on from the One Love Festival, on Sunday there will be a combined church service, 10.30am at the Hub. Once again, everyone is welcome as guest speaker Keith Newman will share more of God’s amazing story in the history of Aotearoa, New Zealand.

NZCMS Our Story: Aotearoa 2014

Date: 24 – 27 October 2014 (Labour Weekend)
Location: Copthorne Hotel, Paihia, Bay of Islands
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NZCMS celebrates 200 years of mission in New Zealand.

All are welcome!

If you are keen to celebrate God’s faithfulness in mission and learn from a distinguished collection of key speakers and delegates then this is the gathering for you.

Join us to explore the stories of New Zealand’s heritage and looking forward to God’s future. We’ll be visiting significant sites around the Bay of Islands as a pilgrimage of discovery. Sites will include the Marsden Cross at Oihi Bay.

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Commemorating the Gospel Bicentennial

Date: Saturday 1 November 2014
Time: 8am – 6pm
Location: Starting and ending at St George and St John’s Church, Whakatane
Contact: Reverend Robert Bruere, or Ph 07 308 5809

To mark the Gospel bicentennial, Reverend Robert Bruere, Vicar of the Whakatane Co-operating Parish, invites you to join him on a trip to remember William Marsh or Ngakuku, the Maori catechist who was the first mentioned in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Ngakuku was father of Tarore.

You will depart by bus at 8am from St George and St John’s Church in Whakatane, heading to Matamata. There you will visit All Saints Church, with its windows dedicated to Wiremu Tamihana (William Thompson – chief Te Waharoa’s son) and Tarore. Morning tea will also be supplied. Then on to Waharoa via Peria, past his school site and the flour mill.

After visiting Taraore’s grave the bus heads to Waharoa for lunch – the Kaimai Cheese factory has a restaurant and there are other places to buy food. Then to Wairere Falls, where Tarore was killed, and back over the Kaimais. A running commentary will be given on the Musket Wars, Hans Tapsell; the first mission stations including some Catholic Mission Sites of Father Seon. The group will also journey past sites of the first Maori Parliament.

If the numbers are 50 or more – the bus per head will cost approximately $25 each. A smaller bus of 25 or less will be approximately $45. Bring your own food and drinks or purchase along the way. The approximate time of arrival back into Whakatane will be between 5pm and 6pm.
Robert would be grateful for an indication of interest as soon as possible, to assist with his planning. Contact Robert Bruere, or phone 07 308 5809.

AGM of Te Aka Puaho
the Maori Synod of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand

Date: 21 – 23 November 2014
Location: Te Wai o Atea, Haruru Falls
Contacts: Mrs Faye Apanui (PO Box 72, Whakatane), The Rev’d Amiria Te Whiu (2 Garden Court, Haruru Falls, Bay of Islands)

The AGM of Te Aka Puaho, the Maori Synod of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, hosted by Te Aka Puaho ki Te Taitokerau.

Religion in Conflict and Collaboration with the Modern World

Date: 26 – 28 November 2014
Location: Massey University, Albany Campus

The Conference of the Religious History Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ); The Religious History Association of Australia (THERHA) and the Christian Research Association of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Gospel, Maori and Pentecost

Date: 5 – 6 December 2014
Time: 7 – 9pm (5 December), 9am – 4pm (6 December)
Location: Alphacrucis, 60 Rockfield Rd, Penrose, Auckland
Contact Details:

Alphacrucis ( is a Pentecostal Bible College with campuses in Auckland, Sydney and Brisbane. In the year of the bicentennial of Samuel Marsden’s first sermon in New Zealand we are hosting an academic conference and inviting papers on the history of Maori, mission and Pentecost in New Zealand and Australia. For a brochure please email

Powhiri and Opening of Rangihoua Heritage Park

Date: Sunday 21 December 2014
Time: General start time 10am
Location: Rangihoua Heritage Park, Oihi, Bay of Islands

The Governor General will be present and will give an address before declaring the park opened. This is the culmination of work undertaken by the Marsden Cross Trust Board over many years. The event also marks the importance of the Marsden-Ruatara relationship in the development of our nationhood and our sense of bicultural partnership.

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Commemorative Ecumenical service of Thanksgiving at Marsden Cross

Date: 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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Marsden Family Gathering

Date: 27 December 2014
Location: Bay of Islands (see below for details)
Contacts: The Rev’d Samuel Marsden,

9am Ferry from Russell to Paihia (for those staying in Russell)
10.30am Gather at Oihi for a short guided walking tour, then a BYO picnic
c. 2pm Guided tour and cultural performance at Waitangi Treaty Grounds
6pm Catered Barbecue at Russell Church Hall with two speakers (one Maori, one Pakeha)


Please note:
The 2014 Planning Group is not responsible for all events planned for the celebration of the Gospel Bicentenary in 2014. Please use the contact details listed under individual events if you have any questions or queries.