7th of December 2017 06:00 PM
The 2017 Unsung Heroes Award for Missional Living was presented to Pastors Lui and Ane Ponifasio at a ceremony held in the Grand Hall of Parliament on Wed 22 November.

Lui is a pastor, entrepreneur and founder of Samoa MultiMedia Group and Radio Samoa, Chairman of Pacific2Nations, and the Senior Pastor for LifeChurch in South and West Auckland and internationally West Papua. Ane is currently the Managing Director for Radio Samoa, Senior Pastor for LifeChurch South, West Auckland and West Papua.

LifeChurch is a flourishing church community, committed to seeing the gospel declared in this nation and internationally. Lui is one of the international leaders of the Pacific to the Nations Movement (P2N), which seeks to mobilise the Pacific people into missions from across New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific and beyond.

A supporter of the P2Nation movement writes “I believe ‘The Pacifc2Nations’ is a (movement of people) – whereby ‘people’ can share resources in doing Christian mission together. It is in sharing resources and networking and connection that people can be encouraged to do mission. For the purpose of evangelising and discipling people towards the great commission.”

Please visit their website to learn more about Pacific2Nations: http://pacific2nations.com/
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4th of December 2017 06:00 PM
The 2017 Unsung Heroes Award for Value of Life was presented to Joseph Fa'afiu at a ceremony held in the Grand Hall of Parliament on Wed 22 November.

In 2015 Joseph founded HopeWalk, a suicide awareness and prevention movement. They are a community action group which gives individuals, families and communities who have been affected by suicide a place to connect with others who have also lost loved ones to suicide.

HopeWalk was also birthed to highlight the existing organisations and agencies that provide suicide prevention, intervention and post-intervention support. HopeWalk organises and leads walks globally in NZ, Australia, USA, Canada and the South Pacific.

Joseph says, “This movement is about giving people a voice which they are told by society they can’t have because it's taboo, an unspoken topic and so on. We need to break the shame, stigma and silence around suicide – it starts and ends with us. We need to remember that we are talking about people, not numbers on a piece of paper.”

Please visit their website to learn more about HopeWalk: http://www.hopewalk.nz/
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30th of November 2017 06:00 PM
The 2017 Unsung Heroes Award for Christianity & Secularisation was presented to Denis and Coralie Clarke at a ceremony held in the Grand Hall of Parliament on Wed 22 November.

Denis and Coralie are the Founders and CEOs of Business edge, a unique support business dedicated to empowering business people to become a positive force within their business, community, and nation from a Christian Worldview.

Denis was unable to attend, however, Coralie accepted the trophy on their behalf and Denis had an opportunity to respond the following day, in a telephone interview with Andrew Urquhart on Radio Rhema.

Please visit their website to learn more about Business Edge: https://www.businessedge.org.nz/
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27th of November 2017 09:35 AM
The 2017 Unsung Heroes Joint Special Award 'Demonstrating a Heart for Mission from within the Local Congregation' was presented to Michael Jenkins and Beryl Anderson at a ceremony held in the Grand Hall of Parliament on Wed 22 November.

Michael has given free English coaching and keyboard tuition for many years to international students and has found this is a great way to engage with people, many of whom have had little experience of Christianity and eventually want to learn more by joining in Bible Study Groups.

And, to quote the people who nominated Beryl, 'She is an inspirational role model of 24-7 Christian faith, including worship, witness, words, and action; someone who brings to mind Paul’s statement “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” '

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24th of November 2017 06:00 PM
The 2017 Unsung Heroes Special Award 'Working for Bi-cultural Understanding' was presented to Dr Alistair Reese at a ceremony held in the Grand Hall of Parliament on Wed 22 November.

Alistair is involved in local and national efforts to promote reconciliation between Māori and Pākehā and exploring understandings of what an indigenous form of Christianity might look like. He is a Trustee for the Karuwhā Trust, a registered New Zealand charity that seeks to engage Aotearoa New Zealand in a conversation about identity and history.

Karuwhā Trust: http://karuwha.org.nz/
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23rd of November 2017 10:31 AM
A wonderful evening acknowledging the many years of service by the recipients of the 2017 NZCN Unsung Heroes Awards.

Simon O'Connor MP hosted the event in the Grand Hall of Parliament in Wellington.

Read about our Unsung Heroes: https://nzchristiannetwork.org.nz/unsung-heroes-2017/
All recipients received a trophy designed by Karen Sewell especially for our Unsung Heroes, a certificate, copy of their citation and a gift voucher from Manna Books and NZ Christian Network.
17th of November 2017 09:28 AM
Are you concerned about the proposed changes to Prayer that is prayed by the Speaker at the opening of Proceedings each Sitting Day?

"References to the Queen and Jesus Christ have been dropped from the parliamentary prayer delivered in Te Reo by the new Speaker of the House. And some opposition MPs are concerned that while the period of consultation has not yet finished, Trevor Mallard has already started using the new version." (Jane Patterson, Radio NZ)

Rasik Ranchord, Convenor Prayer@Parliament, has put together this informative resource to help us to make respectful submissions to Parliament.
25th of October 2017 12:32 PM
‘Transplanted: Refugee ‘Portraits of New Zealand’, a ten-day photographic exhibit and ‘talking space’ around refugee experience and issues.

"If seeking asylum is having your life pulled up by its roots, then being transplanted to New Zealand soil as a refugee is its regeneration–in all its difficult beauty."

The exhibit will be on at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Wellington from Friday 27 October - Sunday 5 November.

For more information and session details, see the listing on our event calendar. https://nzchristiannetwork.org.nz/events/transplanted-refugee-portraits-of-new-zealand/
22nd of October 2017 08:13 AM
Still thinking about joining us at this year's Auckland Prayer Breakfast? Make the most of this offer and save $4 off of each ticket you purchase using the coupon code 'lastchance'.

Registrations have been extended to 9am Tuesday morning at which time, we must advise the caterers of our final numbers.

Don't miss out. Book now!
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16th of October 2017 07:08 PM
Got plans for Labour Weekend? This camp is the highlight for the year for many people. Registrations for campers are closed but, there are still places for helpers.

Click on the link for more details.
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16th of October 2017 07:55 AM
Colin Austin will be speaking at the upcoming "Building the Church for Today and Tomorrow" conference that is being held around the country over the next few weeks.

As part of his preparations, it occurred to him that different Churches may talk about biblical financial principles in different ways. He has put together a short, 1-minute survey that will help him understand a bit more about how we talk about money in our Churches and would be grateful if you could spare the time and complete this survey.

Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TTVTPM8
Event: https://nzchristiannetwork.org.nz/events/building-the-church-for-today-and-tomorrow/
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13th of October 2017 09:18 PM
Many Aucklanders are migrants, which makes us one of the most ethnically diverse populations in the South Pacific. Pastor Sam Monk will be leading us in prayer for ethnic diversity, migrants and the youth in our city at this years Auckland Prayer Breakfast.

Have you got your ticket yet? Sales close after Labour Day.

Event details, enquiries and tickets: http://www.aucklandprayerbreakfast.org.nz
10th of October 2017 04:34 PM
Wayne Huirua took some time out after last year's Auckland Prayer Breakfast to encourage people to get along to this year's event.

Corporate worship is an important facet to the Christain faith. When we come together to praise and worship our Heavenly Father, His Son and The Holy Spirit, we are in a better place to hear from Him and to offer up our prayers for our city and each other.

We hope you can join us this year.

Event details: http://www.aucklandprayerbreakfast.org.nz/
Tickets: https://nzchristiannetwork.org.nz/product/auckland-prayer-breakfast/
4th of October 2017 12:30 PM
Do you want to see our city and its residents thrive? Come join us in corporate prayer for the health of our city, its residents, our relationships, environment, governance and creativity.

Sales close after Labour Weekend because we need to provide the final number to the caterers. Door sales will not be available. Purchase your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

Tickets: https://nzchristiannetwork.org.nz/product/auckland-prayer-breakfast/
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2nd of October 2017 08:16 AM
I am so excited about this years' Auckland Prayer Breakfast. It is certainly shaping up to be the most ethnically diverse, multi-denominational unity event on the Auckland Christian Calendar!

We've got a Tongan choir, worship leaders Wayne Huirua and David Lyle Morris and prayer leaders Anglican Bishop Ross Bay, Pastor Sam Monk from Equippers, Family Life's Nikki Bray and NZCN's Stuart Lange lined up to guide us through a morning of corporate prayer and worship.

And thanks to our wonderful sponsors, we will be served an improved menu! Parking is freely available and we promise to finish by 8:40am, so you can get on with your day.

So what are you waiting for? Book now at https://nzchristiannetwork.org.nz/product/auckland-prayer-breakfast/
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13th of September 2017 09:39 PM
At some time or another, we all immigrated to New Zealand. Some of us descended from the first people to set foot on these islands or from someone who came a bit later. Many of us are first generation immigrants.

So how does immigration affect us today and what measures should the government make to ensure the best policies are in place?
11th of September 2017 05:50 PM
Homelessness is a growing problem in our country, as is the affordability of home ownership and availability of safe, healthy, affordable rental accommodation. This panel discussion covers many of the issues facing our population as we continue to grow and face ever-changing standards and regulations. (3 parts - 30 mins.)
8th of September 2017 01:19 PM
7th of September 2017 03:41 PM
Caring for the environment is a key policy for New Zealand today. A potential water tax has got people talking, but it's much more than that. Listen in while Andrew asks questions that will help broaden your thinking on a number of environmental issues in this panel discussion. (3 parts in half an hour)
5th of September 2017 04:25 PM
No matter where you live in the country, you can still 'attend' the election panel Maxim Institute will be streaming tonight at 6:45 pm.

Hosted by Maxim Institute, in association with AUT Law School, this panel features representatives of each of the multi-member parties in Parliament, ready to explain their party's positions and talk about why they think they deserve your vote.

The panel will consist of:
James Shaw MP - Green Party - Co-leader
Carmel Sepuloni MP - Labour Party - Member for Kelston
Cinnamon Whitlock - Māori Party - Candidate for Kelston
Andrew Bayly MP - National Party - Member for Hunua
Tracey Martin MP - New Zealand First Party
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