Te Rongopai DVD
Dr Stuart Lange presents a five-part series documenting the story of the Gospel in New Zealand from Samuel Marsden forwards – its impact, the complications, and the way Christianity has had a significant impact in shaping New Zealand society both then and now.
DVD: 65 mins in 5 chapters and can be played in any zone
Price includes postage and packaging within New Zealand
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You are invited to join us for a four-day walking pilgrimage from Vaughan Park Anglican Retreat Centre, Long Bay, Auckland to Rangihoua in the Bay of Islands, Aotearoa, New Zealand. On Christmas Day, 1814, at the invitation of Ngāpuhi Chief, Ruatara, an English clergyman, the Rev. Samuel Marsden landed at Rangihoua with his pioneering missionary party. With the help of Ruatara, he was able to establish a Christian mission in the area. Our Chapel at Vaughan Park is named in honour of Ruatara. It faces north towards Tai Tokerau, the tūrangawaewae of Ruatara. Pilgrimage is rooted in a combination of ancient roots and contemporary openness.
Participants will discover an understanding of how pilgrimage enables one to understand at a deeper place the journey of life and faith. It offers opportunities for spiritual formation to people as “the spiritual discipline of walking with eyes and ears open, body and soul connected”. It will give time to ‘pause, ponder, plan anew’ for our lives as walking with others is a good antidote to our individualistic ways of society today.
The Hikoi will provide a mechanism for people and churches along the way, to offer the gift of hospitality, friendship, kindness to pilgrims. There will be a chance for discussion to occur naturally between different people of different faith traditions and none. The Hikoi will facilitate a further deepening of relationships, respect and understanding between ‘tangata whenua’ and initiate an ongoing conversation about the beginnings of the current place of Christianity (and faith in general) in NZ and furthers historical interest in it.
The Pilgrimage will be led by the Rev. Dr Allan Davidson, the Rev. Josh Jones, the Rev. Kerry Davis and the Rev. Iain Gow.
Registration and full payment is required by 31st October 2017
(Earlier registration would be appreciated)
Walk to Waitangi Forest Track entrance via Waitangi Grounds (5.5 km/ 1.25 hr)
Walk Waitangi Forest Track to Kerikeri Kororipo Heritage Park (17 km/ 3.75 hr)
Explore the Heritage Park Stone Store, Kemp House, Kororipo Pā, Rewa’s Village and St James Church. Briefing by local Kaumātua
Dinner and evening programme at Kaeo- Kerikeri Union Church’s new church and community facility. Engagement with local community
Back Packers shared style accommodation overnight in Kerikeri
All bedding will be provided except at Marae where you will need a sleeping bag or blanket as these are not available (sheets and pillows are provided). Bring a towel.
We will transport luggage between accommodation stops. Bring a day pack to carry water/snacks, raincoat etc.
There is quite a lot of walking on gravel surfaces, also beach and rock sections. Tracks can be very muddy in wet weather, shoes need stiff soles and a good depth of tread.
A moderate level of fitness required. The terrain is quite undulating, particularly Opua to Paihia and through the Waitangi forest. Combining this with over 25 km distance on one day makes it somewhat challenging. We recommend if you are not walking regularly, to train in the weeks leading up to the Hikoi. A suggested training regime for non-walkers for the three weeks before the Hikoi as follows…
Week 1 – 5 km (1 hour) twice a week
Week 2 – 10 km (2 hours) twice a week
Week 3 – 15 km (3 hours) twice a week
Backpacker’s style – shared sleeping areas, a mixture of amenities with shared rooms and separate from sleeping areas.
On each day hike you will need:
Small backpack with the following:
We also suggest:
Shorts are best for walking. Jeans are not a good option particularly in wet weather
Whilst Vaughan Park will take all reasonable precautions in the arrangements for the Hikoi, you will be participating at your own risk and will be required to sign a Disclaimer to this effect as a part of registration.
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