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

Contact Details:

From Every Tribe and Tongue: The Christian story of NZ: past, present and future

Date: Sundays – 20 July, 17 August, 14 September
Time: 12.15 – 1.15pm
Location: St Mary’s-in-Holy Trinity, Parnell, Auckland

For details about individual days, please view the link above.

1814: Settling the First Settlers – Ka māoritia te Pākehā – University of Auckland Winter Lectures 2014

Date: Tuesdays – 22 July to 26 August
Time: 1 – 2pm
Location: Maidment Theatre, University of Auckland, Auckland

For details about individual days, please view the link above.

Christian Beginnings in New Zealand

Date: Wednesday Evenings – 6, 13, 20, 27 August
Time: 7.30 – 9pm
Location: Community of St Luke, 130 Remuera Road, Auckland

For details about individual days, please view the link above.

Celebrating the Wesleyan theological stream – Stream Theological Conference

Date: 7 – 9 August 2014
Location: Auckland
Contact: Registrar, Rev’d Peter Benzie, Ph 09 2716460

Celebrating the Wesleyan theological stream with our 2014 theme of “Applied Ministry in the South Pacific Today”. There will be a presentation from Dr Stuart Lange on the 2014 gospel bicentenary and keynote addresses from international and New Zealand Church of the Nazarene, Salvation Army and Wesleyan Methodist scholars and church leaders. All welcome.

NZCMS Our Story: Aotearoa 2014

Date: 24 – 27 October 2014 (Labour Weekend)
Location: Copthorne Hotel, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Contact Details:

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

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

Commemoration of the Bicentennial and Opening of the Marsden Cross Track

Date: Sunday 21 December 2014
Time: General start time 10.30am
Location: Rangihoua Heritage Park

Commemoration of the Bicentennial at Rangihoua Heritage Park and opening of the Marsden Cross Track by the Governor.

Commemorative Ecumenical service of Thanksgiving at Marsden Cross

Date: Thursday 25 December 2014
Time: 11am
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)


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.