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

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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Bicentennial Celebration: 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)

Whakapono: Faith and Foundations

Date: 24 December 2014 – 27 February 2015
Location: Kerikeri, Kaitaia and Whangarei (see below for details)
Contacts: Hinerangi Himiona,

Whakapono: Faith and Foundations is an exhibition brought to you by The Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Haākena, University of Otago.

It explores the drama of early encounters between Māori and Missionaries through the letters and journals relating to the first planned European settlement at Hohi in the Bay of Islands. This first settlement laid the foundations of the relationship between two peoples, Māori and European that continues today, it is the cradle of Christianity and it is where the first books in Te Reo Māori arose. This travelling version of the exhibition will be on show at the following locations and dates around Te Tai Tokerau:

Proctor Library, Kerikeri
24 December 2014 – 5 January 2015

Te Ahu, Kaitaia
12 January 2015 – 30 January 2015

Whangarei Central Library, Whangarei
4 February 2015 – 27 February 2015


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.