The Methodist Connexional Office is located at:

Weteriana House
50 Langdons Road
Christchurch 8053

Postal address

PO Box 931, Christchurch 8140

P. (03) 366 6049   I   0800 266 639

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Contact: Betsan Martin,

 Methodist Public Issues,
 PO Box 12-090, Thorndon,
 Wellington, New Zealand 
 Ph +64 4 473 2627
 Fax +64 4 473 2624


Formerly Public Questions Network


Public Issues Convening Group

President  Prince Devanandan
Vice President Viv Whimster

    Tumuaki DianaTana  

Betsan Martin
Mataiva Robertson
              Soana Muimuiheata                                   
Peter Lane                                        Freddy de Alwis                                    Marion Hines                      Elisapesi Havea

David Bush (General Secretary)



Walk for the Planet - Seven Rivers Seven Walks for Lent - Canterbur

State of the Nation 'Off the Track' - Salvation Army 8 February 2017






Climate for Churches video presentations with Professor James Renwick, Climate Scientist; Dr Adrian Macey, Climate Policy; Koreti Tiumalu, Pacific 350.Org; Su'a William Sio MP Mangere; panel discussion led by Rod Oram, Business journalist. 

 Living Wage Carols for Wellington City Council 

Rev. Motokiai leads Prayers at Living Wage Christmas gathering


See Resources page for research and presentation notes on Sustainable Development Goals

New circulation - summaries of valuable articles and issues which are too long to read! Frances Palmer, and Arthur Palmer contribute to Public Issues Network with these accessible items. Frances has a special interest in Climate, and matters of Peace.  

US Election (which I have avoided writing about!) - by Arthur Palmer

'Atheist Minister - new God-talk' by Arthur Palmer 

'Cross of the Moment' Documentary  80 minutes  - Intro by Frances Palmer

             "If the earth is rare, why are we trashing it?"  

             "The impact of our individual actions is negligible. What counts is our actions as citizens to change how structures operate "...' 

Comparing Climate Policies by Frances Palmer 

Comparing Climate Policies by Frances Palmer   

     Training opportunity 13 February 2017.  Treaty Voyages. How is Your Organization (sea)faring? Also,  Nga Rerenga o Te Tiriti - a resource for organizations.  Email:


Laudato Si: Cardinal John Dew interviewed by the Revd. Prince Devanandan


Local Government - vote for action on the ground - See 'Resources' for questions on a Compassionate City, Families and children, Climate: energy, transport, forests, waste, housing

Climate: Review of Church's Workshop BM SP  25.8.16.pdf

Kava Theology - Revd. Goll Manukia 25 Sept 2016

Takapuna Repair Cafe August 2016

family socializing  with practical help – a café where children and families bring their broken things and get them fixed.

 Organized by Community Developments worker Stephen McLuckie and Dale Kelly of Takapuna Parish.

The full story tells of the organizing beihnd the scenes  to make this a community venture

Photos by Yvonne Powley



Dame Anne Salmond steps into the state of Freshwater standards in NZ and the water crisis in the Hawkes Bay. This article published in the NZ Herald raises questions around the current state of fresh water in New Zealand:

Collaborative Processes that will lead to clean Freshwater and Biodiversity mean all-party political  engagement and commitment to the full package of recommendations -  cherry picking means poor environmental outcomes :

   Climate for Churches:

       Kava Theology - Devotion by Revd. Goll Manukai, Lotofafale'ia

        'Climate - Is there a Place for the Church?' Review of the Workshop



                                                                                                                      Applause for Soana Muimuiheata and team of cooks 


                Revd. Carolyn Kelly and Alex Johnson, leading worship   Panel: Su'a William Sio, Koreti Tiamalu Pacific 350.Org, Dr Adrian Macey, Revd. Prince Devanandan, Rev Fusi, Betsan Martin


      Hon Su'a Willian Sio, MP 'If We Save Tuvalu We Save the World'


Tumuaki Revd. Diana Tana at Koroneihna, 10th Anniversary worship of Kingi Tuheitea, introducing the premier choral presentation of the Tongan Choir With President Tovia, Former President Rex Nathan, Superintendent Revd. Tevita Finau, President-elect Prince Devanandan



                                               PUBLIC ISSUES RESOURCES

An ecumenical Climate workshop hosted by Sinoti Samoa and Public Issues of the Methodist Church,and Anglican Diocesan Climate Action, 20th August, in Auckland. 

An ecumenical climate justice workshop hosted by Sinoti Samoa, Public Issues of the Methodist Church for church people. Theology, Science, Youth, and policy will contribute to enabling climate justice responses. A video presentation on Laudato Si will be prepared by Cardinal John Dew and included, as Cardinal Dew will be travelling. The 350 Degrees Pacific Climate Warriors with bring inspiration on climate for youth. 

Christian Conference of Asia - Meeting on Climate Change

With Pope Francis encyclical Laudato Si as the Centrepiece, theology, science, ethics were all topics for our discussions on earth, our sister, Pope Francis' term of endearment.  Global interdependence underscores the widely held appreciation that we share one planet earth, our common home

The aspirational quality of Laudato Si has include regard for  major imbalances, destruction and that for many people  earth is a place of alienation and dislocation from home. Special issues for Asia highlight the more serious challenges for developing countries because developed countries have become post-industrial and outsourced manufacturing and industrial  production to developing countries in favour of service based economies which are lower in carbon emissions and therefore more amendable to mitigation measures.

                                                                                                                                President Elect Prince, Tumuaki Diana, Public Issues, Betsan, CCA Intern Casey Fa'aui.

Father George Zachariah presented a fine paper 'Colonization of the Commons

 refers to Hagar and Ishmael as an ancient story of exile and estrangement from home in a way that evokes the millions of people displaced by war and climate induced drought that are seeking refuge in lands where they are estranged from their homes – and facing the hostility of unwelcoming host countries. There is theme of colonization  Yet, this is partly because of internal estrangements of poverty, drought, and lack of work.


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Budget 2016 Public Issues Comment                                           P

Refugees in Our Communities. A Resource for Host Communities.April 2016

Resource Legislation Submission draft March 2016 - Legislation to amend the Resource Management Act and other associated Acts.  This submission emphasises ecological sustainability, stewardship, and public good interests for land, resources, water and development. 



Notes on Dialogue for Christian Unity. Wellington March 2016. 

Courtesy Elaine Bolitho                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                           Low Carbon Building Guide!

Residential Tenancies act - Public Issues Submission February 2016


  Colleen Geyer, General Secretary, Uniting Church Australia, speaking at the Public Issues session, Conference 2016. Presentation

      Public Issues Election Update Sept14 Major and Minor Parties on Poverty/Inequality, Children, Housing, Climate, Water

PIN and MTA Methodist Church Report to Conference on Climate and Low Carbon

Click on Resources for Church and Climate Change Resources, including WCC Reports and proposals for 'Green Church'

      Small Island Developing States Conference - Impressions by Betsan Martin










It Takes a Child to Raise a Country Tick 4 Kids Toolkit

Poster for Parishes


Budget 2014 - Social 'crumbs' added to the Business Growth and Minimal  Government Agenda         

CPAG Budget breakfast with Alan Johnson, Suzanne Snively, and guests. Infographic

Resources on Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy:



  * Collation of all resources on Climate and Low carbon: 'Pulling Back on Polluting Creation'



     Wise Response Petition to Parliament for a risk assessment for New Zealand

Alan Mark, Scientist, speaking at Parliament, and supporters, including PIN Co-ordinator, Betsan with banners

      Gen Zero and the wheel of fortune - climate risks and opportunities for new directions 

Refugees and Migrants 'Roundtable' Jan.2014

 Water Decisions December 2013 - February 2014


See  Submission box for PIN submission and Resources box for a briefing

        Parish Resources launched at Conference 2013:

Solutions to Child Poverty: Income, Health, Housing.

  Inequality - a PIN Review

 Inequality: a NZ Crisis $39.95

TPPA Updates

Environment, CID

The school field - Epuni families producing food and learning about land management. Click for a story on Solutions to Child Poverty
PIN Welfare Reform
brief update


Living Wage

A Season for Fair Wages, a Time for a Living Wage

 A Living Wage in New Zealand is $18.40 per hour. This dollar amount is intended to be enough for people to pay rent, buy food, run a car, have a computer, pay for insurance, for children to go on school trips and have a birthday party, to pay for childcare, make 2% contributions to KiwiSaver and eat out once per month.  In other words, $18.50 is enough to support social participation.

Great! We have a benchmark based on a two parent and two child household. Many questions follow. What about larger families and whanau, aiga, fanau commitments? Why should employers pay a Living Wage? Does it make business sense? Which businesses will pay it? What about beneficiaries? 
How does Te Hahi Weteriana respond as an employer? The UK Methodist Church has a process to implement a Living Wage. 
Read More....     See article on NZ Living Wage by Prince Devandanden in Newsletter box.

Revs. Lynn Frith, Bishop Jim White and Margaret Mayman at Living Wage Launch, Auckland

Rev. Uesifili Unasa as MC of the Living Wage Launch in Auckland

Food in Schools

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