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He mihi tēnei ki te maunga tapu ki Taranaki. Tēnā koutou hoki Te Atiawa. Ka haere mai ētahi o ngā pononga o Te Runga Rawa nō ngā hāhi o Nga Kai Iriiri kia hui kia noho tahi ki o koutou rohe. Tēnā koutou katoa.

Tēnā koutou katoa e te whānau

It’s a pleasure to welcome everyone to Taranaki for the Baptist 2017 Hui. We were told earlier this year by the Lonely Planet guide, that New Plymouth is the best place in the world to live. We’re sure Pastor Mike Warring and his team from Northpoint Baptist will be trying to prove that point as they host us.

Our formal welcome together into Taranaki, will be a powhiri by Taranaki iwi on Ōwae marae at Waitara, where history records is where the land wars began.

The Taranaki district is rich in natural resources, from farming to oil and gas, yet they are also rich in early New Zealand history. Pioneer European settlers coveted the fertile soils and tried by all means, foul and fair, to wrestle ownership from the Tangata whenua. For this reason, the land has many scars where trust was lost and when greed turned into armed conflict. 

However, rising out of this tumultuous time came the Parihaka story. A story that had no historical parallel in its day. A story that modelled to the world of what grace can look like when under pressure. To this end we’ll be spending some time with the Parihaka community on the Friday of the Hui to understand this story more deeply. In doing so we expect to hear their pain and deep disappointment at the way they were treated by the colonial military. Uncomfortable, but a story all New Zealanders should engage with. 

We have gathered some resources about the story of Parihaka which you will find helpful:
New Zealand Geographic website - Parihaka story
Remembering Parihaka - PDF (2 MB)
Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Book: Dick Scott’s Ask that Mountain, Heinemann 1975.
Online documentary: The Prophets (Series 1 Episode 4)

This year aspects of the Mission's Day are being grafted into the Hui programme. We are excited by the opportunity that this presents for all of us to hear the compelling stories that our own mission personnel are part of, while serving in foreign contexts.

We have invited a number of relevant speakers who will strengthen and encourage us for our collective journey as New Zealand Baptists.

We look forward to seeing you in Taranaki in November.

Craig Vernall & Rachel Murray
Baptist National Leader | NZBMS General Director





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