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A Council of Conference

Information and Reporting Back

This section of the report covers the activities and main discussion areas of the work of the Council throughout the year, including details of the theology sessions shared by the Council.

Information on the Council’s work on the Future Format of Conference and Nature, Role, and Term of Presidency is given (A-1), together with matters relating to the Connexional Budget, and concerns the Council expresses in relation to the budget shortfall and the reluctance of the church to set expenditure priorities (A-1/2).

The Council offers a suggests alteration to one point within the Church Strategy Statement, together with information and recommendations relating to the process of making and reviewing Connexional Appointments (A-2/3).

Nine Suggested decisions are brought to the Conference for consideration (A-3)

The Report on the Connexional Budget is presented with the following components:

2003-04 Connexional Budget (A-4/6)

2004-05 Budget (A-6/7)

2003-04 Summary (Audited) Financial reports for Connexional Budget and Connexional Expenses Fund (A-8/9)

B(i) Te Taha Maori

- Te Taha Maori

- Wellington Charitable Trust

Te Taha Maori (B(i) – 1/3)

This report opens with the acknowledgement of those of the Weteriana Whanau who have died since the last Conference, and gives tribute to Lilyan Vaoa. (B(i)–1).

The report details Te Taha Maori Events in the last year, emphasising the importance of an understanding of ‘doing theology’ in all aspects of life (B(i)–1). Inforamiton relating to Hui Poari is given ((B(i)-1).

The report covers Rangitahi work ((Bi)-1), Education and Training, including the contribution and activities of Office Staff, the Enabling Minsitry Tea, and Minita-a-Iwi (B(i)-1/2).

Connexional Matters, including the Bicultural Journey and Partnership Issues are outlined (B(i)-2), Finance and Property information is given (B(i)-2), and Ecumenical Concerns are discussed (B(i)-2/3).

Three Suggested Decisions are brought to the Conference for consideration (B(i)-3).

Wellington Charitable Trust (B(i)-3/4)

Grants made by the trust during the financial year to 30 June 2004 are outlined (B(i)-3) and background information given (B(i)-4).

Two Suggested Decisions are brought to Conference for consideration ((B(i)-4).

The Te Taha Maori Summary Financial Report (audited) is presented B(i)-5)

The Investment Funds Board te Taha Maori Summary Financial Report (audited) is presented (B(i)-6)


B(ii) Tauiwi

- Tauiwi Strategy and Stationing

- Evangelical Network

- NZ Methodist Womens’ Fellowship

Tauiwi Strategy and Stationing (B(ii)1/5)

This report covers the work of the Tauiwi Strategy and Stationing Committee work on the Connexional Budget, identifying the need for questions of finance and human resources to be considered in the process (B(ii)-1), Mission and Ministry including comment on the upcoming Hui on Ministry (B(ii)1), matters of Stationing Process with an indication that a report on this matter will be brought to the Tauiwi meeting of Conference (B(ii)-1), matters of Support for Parishes in Times of Change (B(ii)-2/3), and issues surrounding Seconded Ministry and changes in this strategy (B(ii)-2).

Synod Highlights are outlines (B(ii)-2/5)

Four Suggested Decisions are brought to Conference for consideration (B(ii)-5)

Evangelical Network (B(ii)5/6)

This report covers the activities of the Network, noting particularly the change in Superintendency form Rev Marion Peterson to Rev Nigel Hanscamp, information about e-fish and a proposed information brochure, work involved in the Memorandum of Understanding, and the change of oversight of evangelical Uniting congregations to Methodist responsibility.

One Suggested Decision is brought to Conference to consideration (B(ii)-6)

NZ Methodist Women’s Fellowship (B(ii)-6/7)

The report begins by celebrating the 40th Year of the MWF.

The report details the activity of the President of the MWF, outlines matters relating to the reviewed Constitution, and the updated Job Description for the National Treasurer. Information relating to the distribution of Smethurst Trust grants totalling $16,410 is given, together with details of disbursement from the Kurahana Trust, and the MWF/APW Special Project. Reflection on the NZMWF in the 21st Century are offered.

One Suggested Decision is brought to Conference to consideration (B(ii)-7)


C Law Revision

This report outlines proposed alterations to the Methodist Lawbook for consideration by Conference. The most substantial areas relate to Section 8 – Disciplinary Code (C-1/3). While minor alterations and additions are identified for Sections 5, 7, and 9 (C-3).

Three Suggested Decisions are brought to Conference to consideration (C-3)


D Administration

- Administration Division

- PAC Distribution Group

- Methodist Provident Society

- Investment Advisory Board

- Methodist Trust Association

- PACT 2086

- Connexional Trusts

- Robert Gibson Trust

- Wesley Historical Society

- Supernumerary Fund Trustee

Board of Administration (D-1/16)

The report outlines the continuing refinements being made to the administrative structure of the Connexional Office (D-1) and Staff movement affecting the office (D-1). Financial Perspectives on the implications of changes in legislation and Bills before parliament is offered together with an outline of services available to the Connexion (D-1/2).

Matters relating to the Reimbursement of Supervision Fees (D-2), and the review of Presbyter Allowances (D-2/3) are given, as are details relating to a process of supporting the Centralised Payment of Stipends and issues surrounding this (D-3).

The General Purposes Trust Board section deals with matters relating to the use of Bequests tagged for “orphanages” – an area in which the church n longer has an involvement (D-3/4).

The Church Building and Loan Fund section outlines a review of the Fund and the conclusions recommendations from that review. Matters relating to the CBL (Church Building and Loan) Fund are also raised (D-4).

Matters relating to the Removal Fund, Insurance Fund, and information about Parish Liability are outlined (D-5). And the report from a review of Archives policy is introduced (D-5) and a business and implementation plan presented (D-11/16).

Reports are presented from the Standing Committee on the Connexional Finance Review (D-5), and Disciplinary Procedures (D-6).

Responses to Notices of Motion from Conference 2003 relating to the Human Rights Act – Bill of Rights (D-6) and Human Resources, Employment and Health Safety (D-6/7) are reported.

Significant sections relating to the Charities Bill (D-7), and the Local Government Rating Act 2002 (D-8) are provided.

Matters relating to the Supernumerary Fund and its requirement for a contingent guarantee to meet legal requirements (D-9).

21 Suggested Decisions are brought to Conference for consideration.

Investment Advisory Board (D-17)

One Suggested Decision is brought to Conference for consideration (D-17)

Methodist Trust Association (D-17/18)

This report details the background to, and activities of the MTA and outlines the current investment allocations of funds and their distributions.

One Suggested Decision is brought to Conference for consideration (D-18)

PACT 2086 Trust (D-18/19)

A brief summary of activities is presented (D-18)

One Suggested Decision is brought to Conference for consideration (D-19)

PAC Distribution Group (D-19/21)

A background to the theme for the year is given (D-19) and a summary of gifts totalling $752,718 is presented (D-19/21).

Three Suggested Decisions are brought to Conference for consideration (D-21).

Methodist Provident Society Limited (D-21/22)

An outline of benefits available to members of the Society is given (D-21), together with suggested changes in the rules of the Society (D-21/22).

Three Suggested Decisions are brought to Conference for Consideration (D-22)

Robert Gibson Methodist Trust Board (D-23)

This report outlines the ongoing development and expansion of the farming property administered by the Trust and details Bursaries and Grants of $158,000 made in 2004, and $180,000 recommended for 2005.

Three Suggested Decisions are brought to Conference for Consideration (D-23)

Wesley Historical Society (NZ): Te Roopu Hitori o Te Haahi Weteriana o Aotearoa (D-24/25)

This report details the activities and publications of the Society over the last year (D-24) and the forward strategic planning undertaken by the society (D-24/25).

Three Suggested Decisions are brought to Conference for Consideration (D-22)

Superannuation Fund (D-26/29)

This report gives an overview of fund performance, together with details of the investment strategies of the fund. The report notes the appointment of a new investment manager, and includes the response to a notice of motion form Conference 2004 (D-26).

The summary of an Actuarial Review of the fund is presented (D-27/29).

Audited Summary Financial Reports are provided for:

Board of Administration (D-30)

Board of Administration Insurance Account (D-31)

Connexional Fire Insurance Fund (D-32)

Methodist General Purposes Trust Board (D-33)

Supernumerary Fund (D-34)

Methodist Church Building and Loan Fund (D-35)

Board of Administration Special Account (D-36)

Auckland Church Officer Building Partnership (D-37)

Presbyters Housing Loan Fund (D-38)

Presbyters Deacons and Layworkers Loan Fund (D-39)

Methodist Provident Society Ltd (D-40)

Removal Expenses Fund (D-41)

New Zealand Methodist Trust Association (D-42)

PACT 2086 Trust (D-43)



E Board of Ministry

- Board of Ministry

- Mission Resourcing

- Ministry Education (Trinity College)

- Churches Education Commission

- Diaconate Task Group

- EYY (Empower Your Youth)

- NZ Born/Raised Pacific Islanders

- Uniting Congregations of Aotearoa New Zealand

- Lay Preachers Network

- Chaplaincies

Board of Ministry – Mission Resourcing (E-1/2, 4)

This section of the report outlines staff changes and responsibilities within the Mission Resourcing office, and an overview of key areas of work being undertaken.

An overview of budgetary and financial matters affecting the work of Mission Resourcing is given.

Board of Ministry – Ministry Education (E-2/4)

This section opens with acknowledgement of a number of individuals who have recently completed tertiary qualifications, together with the appointment of Rev Dr John Salmon as a Fellow of Trinity College (E-2).

Information is given on the educational programmes in which Ministry Education is involved, focusing on the development of the School of theology (E-2/3). The Charter and Profile of Trinity College required by the Tertiary Education Commission are discussed, and student numbers in the various programmes of Trinity College are outlined (E-3).

Information is given on staff activity, discussion with the Faith and Order Committee on ecumenical developments in lay ministry teams, and the Hui on Ministry set for 2005 (E-3).

Matters relating to the development of a Lay Ministry Appointment are discussed (E-3), and issues surrounding the Ministry Education Finances are outlined (E-2/3).

Aspects of the Strategic Plan for the Board of Ministry are outlined (E-4)

11 Suggested Decisions are brought to Conference for consideration (E-4).

Travel and Study Committee (E-4/5)

Congratulations are offered ot individuals who have completed tertiary qualifications, and an outline is given of grants allocated (E-4/5)

Two suggested decisions are brought to Conference for consideration (E-5).

Churches Education Commission (E-5)

A summary of current activity including national meetings, and the activity of chaplains is given (E-5).

One suggested decision is brought to Conference for consideration (E-5)

Diaconate Task Group Report (E-5/7)

This report outlines funding, and travel and study matters relating to the Diaconate Task Group (E-5), and the functions of the Task Group and roles of officer within it are outlined (E-5/6).

Two suggested decisions are brought to Conference for consideration (E-6)

Tauiwi Youth Ministry (E-7)

This report outlines changes affecting the structure of Tauiwi youth ministry, information relating ot the Tauiwi Youth Conference in 2005, and staffing changes (E-7).

Three suggested decisions are brought to Conference for consideration (E-7).

Forum of Uniting Congregations of Aotearoa New Zealand (E-7/8)

This report outlines some of the activities of the Forum, parish financial contribution issues (E-7), and matters relating to Ministry Settlement and Locally Provided Ministry that have been taken for further discussion (E-8).

One suggested decision is brought to Conference for consideration (E-8).