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A small number of Fiji-Indians began to worship at Dominion Road Methodist Church about 1986 - including John Sami and Michael Anand.

The Inception

Soon after the two military coups in Fiji during 1987, the Auckland Methodist Fiji-Indian Fellowship was established in May 1988. The initial leadership was provided by John Sami, Rev. Ted Grounds with the support and encouragement of the late Rita Griffiths, Stan and Phyllis Andrews, and Michael and Mariam Anand. The prime objective was to provide assistance and support to the Indian Christian families who were displaced in Fiji and chose to come to New Zealand. The Fellowship provided an outreach and contact point with the Hindi-speaking congregation and an umbrella of love and hope for these people. These were personally difficult times for many newcomers and the Fellowship was there to help.

The Present

From these humble beginnings, today the Fellowship has grown and comprises some sixty families, mainly residing in Auckland.