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.
If you have an event you would like added, please contact us via the Register an Event page.
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
|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
|Sunday 3 August 2014||9am||All Saints Church
|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|
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
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
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.
Full details are available at www.nzcms.org.nz/our-story
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
Alphacrucis (www.acnz.ac.nz) 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.
Commemorative Ecumenical service of Thanksgiving at Marsden Cross
Date: Thursday 25 December 2014
Location: Marsden Cross, Oihi Bay
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.
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)|
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.