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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March 2006

NZ Idol is a spiritual girl in a material world
By Paul Titus
2005 was a wild ride for Rosita Vai. She started auditions for NZ Idol in June, and that launched a whirlwind of performances, vocal lessons, and nail biting decisions that lasted until October 18th, when she won the crown. Read more...

Cartoon rows illustrate hard road to cultural understanding
By Paul Titus
The controversy over the publication of cartoons lampooning the prophet Mohammed unveils the different roles religion plays in the West and the Islamic world, say scholars.

Waikato rohe central to life of Taha Maori
Geographically, the Waikato rohe is central to the regions where Methodism has traditionally been strong among Maori. Methodism has had close relationships with the Kingitanga movement, an important centralizing force for many Maori. Hamilton is the location of Te Rahui Centre, a special place in the hearts of many Methodists.

Kawhia Methodists remember the past, look to the future
Kawhia Harbour is a notable place in the history of both Maori and Methodists in Waikato. It is held to be the resting place of the Tainui waka, one of many waka that brought Maori to Aotearoa in the 14th century. It is also the place where, in 1834, Rev William White established the first Methodist mission in the Waikato region.

Labour of love to restore Aotearoa Marae
Living up to its name, Aotearoa Marae is a beautiful place. Situated amid rolling South Waikato farmland, it is far from any town and sits surrounded by majestic trees, both native and European. From it can be seen several of Waikato’s prominent peaks including Wharepuhunga, which the marae is associated with.

Life of service honoured
The Maori Academic Excellence Awards are held annually to acknowledge Maori scholars who have earned a PhD that year. During the ceremony the Maori queen Te Arikinui Te Atairangikahu also honours someone with the Te Amorangi award for lifetime achievement. Late last year Rev Morehu (Buddy) Te Whare received the Te Amorangi award for 2005.

Chaplains on the job support workers under stress
By Marie Sherry
With New Zealanders facing increasing pressures both at work and in their personal lives, the need for on-site assistance from Workplace Support appears to be growing. The Inter-Church Trade and Industry Mission, which trades as Workplace Support, is New Zealand’s longest established provider of employee support programmes.

Fundamentalists over Wanaka
By Julia Stuart
For the third time in four years, the Aspiring Faith Community’s five-day summer school at Wanaka in January hit the jackpot for those who want to explore faith issues in a satisfying and enjoyable way.

Lilian De Berry – Pioneer missionary nurse
By Hazel Simpkin
Interesting material is often received unexpectedly at the archives. Recently Dr Ron Pattinson, now retired in Australia, sent to the Auckland archives a 40-year old letter and even older photos from Lilian Woodnutt, formerly Sister Lilian de Berry who was a nursing sister in the Solomon Islands.