The Methodist Connexional Office is located at:

Weteriana House
50 Langdons Road
Christchurch 8053

Postal address

PO Box 931, Christchurch 8140

T. (03) 366 6049   I. 0800 266 639

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October 2005

David Lange’s Christian aura
By Paul Titus
With his death in August and the publication of his autobiography just a week before that, former prime minister David Lange has once again been in the public eye. Downplayed in both the public discussion of David’s life and his own retrospective was the role his Christian faith played in shaping his political career. David grew up in a Methodist household and was strongly influenced by the tradition of Methodist social action.

CCANZ swansong could herald new dawn
One chapter closed in the ecumenical life of New Zealand churches and another opened last month when a farewell celebration was held to mark the closing of the Conference of Churches of Aotearoa New Zealand (CCANZ).

Charities Commission Takes Shape
By Frank Claridge
The long-awaited Charities Commission came into existence on July 1 after parliament passed the Charities Act in April. The Act and the Commission are improvements on the Charities Bill first introduced in 2004.

MTA invests carefully and ethically
The Methodist Trust Association (MTA) was formed by the Conference of the Methodist Church of New Zealand in 1978 to receive funds from the Church for commercial investment. MTA is required to provide a market rate of return on the funds invested as well as ensuring the investments are secure and meet the Church’s guidelines for socially responsible investment.

Manage risk says Insurance Fund
Insurance premium levels for the year to April 2005 stayed the same as the previous year. This is two years without any premium increase, and the Insurance Fund reports premiums for the year to April 2006 will stay at this level. Methodist Trust Association executive officer Greg Wright says in addition to insurance cover, the Insurance Fund provides the Church help in wider realms of risk management.

Archives turn new leaf
Methodist Archives began a fresh chapter last month with the departure of long-standing archivist Rev Marcia Baker and the arrival her replacement Jo Smith. Jo comes to the archives from the position of curator of manuscripts at Canterbury Museum.

Methodist Archives: Leah Pratt and her lost daughter
By Hazel Simpkin
Workers in the Methodist archives often come across interesting human stories that have been hidden in boxes and files for years. The story of Evelyn Leah Pratt and her husband and daughters is an example.