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Journal 2010 - Wesley Historical Society

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52 pages

4 Editorial

6 Te Putakarua, Te Awaroa, Te Matoe and Te Hau Maringi
Why Methodists should know and Commemorate them.
Gary Clover

20 Dr Gerald Hoult - Helena Goldie Hospital -
Phil Taylor

28 Obituaries
- Douglas Howard Burt
by Lindsay Cumberpatch
- Ivan John Whyle
by Helen and Eric Laurenson
- Bernard Le Heron
by Jill Weeks

36 Te Rua Winiata and the World Council of Churches
Feb 1991 to Dec 1998
Garth Cant

50 Book Review -
Donald Phillipps
- Bible and Treaty
Missionaries Among the Maori
a New Perspective
by Keith Newman


This year the Journal offers a range of articles which shed light on the history of New Zealand Methodism. Research continues in different aspects of our history and the fruits of these investigations are being shared with a wider public.

Gary Clover's article on the Wesleyan martyrs is important because it recalls the dangers faced by Maori evangelists in the nineteenth century. Their courage and determination to make the gospel known among their people is an inspiration to us in our day.

Phil. Taylor writes on the medical missionary Dr Gerald Hoult whose service was offered during the years 1948-1962. The article highlights the challenges that medical work faced and the development of services, often under very difficult circumstances.

We feature obituaries on three members of the Wesley Historical Society. Lindsay Cumberpatch writes on the life and work ofDoug. Burt. Jill Weeks contributes reflections on Bernie Le Heron's time as editor of the Journal, and Helen and Eric Laurenson recall Ivan Whyle's interest in the history of the Primitive Methodism, among other things.

There are many untold stories about the witness ofTe Taha Maori. It is hoped that these will be gathered up, written and preserved in the future. Garth Cant writes of the ministry offered to the Church by Te Rua Winiata. He places her life in historical context and then traces the way in which she made a conspicuous contribution in sharing Te Taha Maori's insights on the stage of the World Council of Churches. Special attention is given to theological developments such as Te Taha Maori's Ka Ora theology.

Donald Phillipps reviews Keith Newman's Bible and Treaty - Missionaries among the Maori, a New Perspective, published by Penguin this year. He is especially interested to see how Newman evaluates the Wesleyan missionaries' approach and achievement.

The 7.1 earthquake which hit Christchurch in the early morning of the fourth of September caused immense damage. Many historic buildings were shaken beyond repair, including a number of churches. At the time of going to the printer the future of Durham Street Methodist Church is yet to be resolved. Major cracks have appeared and are being assessed by engineers.

The November Church Conference was the first to be held in Palmerston North for twenty-two years. One of the highlights was the launch of the Rev. Dr Susan Thompson's history of Trinity College, Knowledge and Vital Piety - Education for Methodist Ministry in New Zealand from the 1840s. A number of people have been queueing up to borrow my copy! The work is a fine account and interpretation of New Zealand Methodism's theological education and ministry formation. Auckland members gathered to celebrate the eightieth anniversary of the founding of the Society at a subsequent launch of the book at Trinity College, Grafton on Sunday 14 November. Helen Laurenson spoke of the depth and detail of Susan's research, the figures that she brought to life and the careful interpretation of themes that emerged. An interesting feature of the afternoon was the playing of a tape of Dr Ranston, past Principal of Trinity College, who was interviewed in 1946 on radio about his experience of migrating to New Zealand.

The Pike River Mining disaster occupied the thoughts and prayers of the nation in the last days of November. Hope turned to despair as further explosions sealed the fate of the mine workers. The church played a prominent role throughout the disaster. Those church leaders who were interviewed on radio and television and in the press presented the human face of the church. They succeeded in combining a balance between compassion and realism. Many have commented on the sermon of the Reverend Tim Mora at the service held in Greymouth attended by the Governor General and the Prime Minister.

Congratulations to the President of the Society, Helen Laurenson, whose doctoral thesis, Myths and the City: A Social and Cultural History of Auckland, 1890-1990, has recently been accepted by The University of Auckland. She will be capped in May.

- Terry Wall