Category Archives: Spiritual Renewal

Kapiti Island – sanctuary of the Sprirt

Today Kapiti Island north of Wellington is a sanctuary for some of New Zealand’s precious rare birds. 180 years ago it provided sanctuary of a different sort. In 1837 a group of young men hungry for truth established what was … Continue reading

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Bible in Schools

180 years ago in New Zealand the Bible was valued more than gold. The hunger across the land for the Maori New Testament – Te Kawenata Hou was insatiable. Now it is being removed from our schools by ardently secular … Continue reading

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Christianity foundational to the Treaty

On this Waitangi Day in the 200th year since Te Harinui was first proclaimed in these islands, let us remember that the Treaty would never have been signed without the influence of Christianity. Read the Otago Daily Times, Foundations of … Continue reading

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Till time shall be no more

200 years is a momentous milestone in a nation as young as New Zealand. But that is the milestone we celebrate this year of 2014. It is two centuries since the Rev Samuel Marsden came ashore at Rangihoua in the Bay … Continue reading

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30 Years On

30 years ago today my status changed – utterly. On the 7th of November 1983 I knelt beside my bed, prayed, and surrendered my life to the love of Jesus Christ.  That day everything changed. Today it remains changed. Existential … Continue reading

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More than gold

In 1837 at Paihia in the Bay of Islands the first Maori New Testament was printed – Te Kawenata Hou. Shortly thereafter a messenger arrived at Paihia from Te Rarawa chief Nopera Panakareao. He had journeyed several days across country … Continue reading

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Aaron Gilmore – its not MMP, its character

The Aaron Gilmore saga has little to do with MMP. It has a lot to do with the way our culture now ignores character in favour of achievement. The latter can be stated (and indeed over-stated) in a CV. The … Continue reading

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What is truth…?

Before handing Him over to be crucified, Pontius Pilate concluded his interrogation of Jesus Christ with the question “What is truth?”. The irony of course was that the Truth was standing  in front of him. The debate on the Marriage … Continue reading

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Sir Paul honest about death

Sir Paul Holmes had an endearing honesty which stayed with him to his last days. In his final interview a frail Holmes admitted he was scared of death and what lay “beyond the hill far away”. His honesty was refreshing. … Continue reading

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Finlayson forging a brighter future

The last election saw National offering a “brighter future”. The Hon Chris Finlayson, Minister of Treaty Negotiations, is certainly playing his part. Since he came to the job four years ago the Treaty settlement process has made major advances. Last … Continue reading

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