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August 29th 2018

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29th August 2018

The Reverend Peter Bargh tssf,
Missioner Priest at Whangamatā, writes:

Whangamatā. Not a place many think about except over summer months. Yet, this coastal paradise is home to a small, permanent community. It is one where the Spirit’s manaakitanga is keenly experienced; shaping the lives of those who receive, and offer, hospitality. This is, by some distance, the most generous parish community I have been involved with. It is one which is gifted with both a community heart and one that longs for deeper discipleship. People, mostly retirees, are lovingly involved in all sorts of community groups and projects for refreshingly altruistic reasons. Whangamatā is a reasonably new town, settled in post-war years, something that may play its part in creating the open-minded sense of community here.

A hallmark of this church is a successful op shop which pays for most things, my stipend included. The church acknowledges the support of the wider community via the shop by offering a good portion of my time as Missioner towards community projects on their behalf. Whangamatā blesses me with the opportunity to spend time being rather than simply doing - a God-given privilege and complete change of pace from the busyness of the Whangarei parish, where I served previously.

So, it is with excitement and grateful hearts that Kahu, Timothy and I are settling into life in Whangamatā. In that spirit, I look forward to getting to know this town as well as the wider diocese over the coming months and years.
Visit from the Bishop of Kuching
We are delighted to advertise the visit of the Rt. Rev. Danald Jute, the Bishop of the Diocese of Kuching and his wife Julita, to our Diocese from the 18th of September. Bishop Danald (said Donald) was consecrated in September of 2017 and this will be their first visit to the Diocese and to New Zealand. The Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki and the Diocese of Kuching have had a partnership for over 20 years and over that time a number of groups have travelled both ways and enjoyed some wonderful experiences.
Over the week they are with us, we hope that Bishop Danald and Julita will be able to meet with as many folk as possible. Their visit will be focused in the Waikato where they will be visiting a variety of locations and people. There are two events that we would love as many as possible to be part of:
  • Saturday 23 September, we have a tour of some of the early Christian sites in the Waikato, led by Archbishop David Moxon. We will gather at 10am at St Peters Cathedral for a cup of tea and then begin our pilgrimage from there at 10:30am, returning around 4pm. We plan to carpool and please bring enough money for lunch at a café in Matamata.
  • Sunday 24 September, Bishop Danald will be preaching at both the 8am and 9:45am services at St Peter's Cathedral. Come and join Archbishop Philip Richardson and Archbishop David as we celebrate God's gift of this partnership together.
New Priest in Charge for Huntly
It is with grace and appreciation that we announce the Reverend Ian Hanley has agreed to fill the position of Priest in Charge for the parish of St Paul, Huntly. Ian will bring much experience to this position and to the parish.
We thank you, Ian, for your willingness to take up this important role.
Simon Cayley
Diocesan Manager
This is Simon, Diocesan Manager. Simon oversees all strategic and senior management decisions for the Diocese working alongside the Diocesan Bishop, the senior Bishop's Staff team and key Diocesan bodies including Standing Committee and the Diocesan Trust Boards.
Simon is also CEO of the Bishop's Action Foundation (see and is based in New Plymouth. His background is in urban regeneration and community development and his approach is one of seeking constant innovation with a focus towards the future.

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