Methodist Church of New Zealand


Welcome to the May edition of Touchstone

The report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care will be released in June, ending one more chapter in the biggest and most comprehensive inquiry ever undertaken in this country. General Secretary Rev Tara Tautari writes our lead article on the Methodist Church of New Zealand response to the inquiry, work being undertaken to provide redress for those impacted and changes in place to ensure that church is a haven for all people.

May 20 – 26 is Youth Week in Aotrearoa - a week where we recognise and celebrate the talents, skills, wisdom and contributions of young people. This year’s theme was borne out of korero and wananga with people involved in the youth sector.

‘Māwherangi a tama roto ka taka, kāpuia ake ka pūrangiaho’ ‘We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.’

Simulata Pope, a member of the Transition Team tasked with taking Mission Resourcing to Te Hāpai o ki Muri, reports on recent korero with Te Taha Māori rangatahi and Tauiwi youth. As the transition team deepens their understanding of youth ministry in today's church context, and the challenges youth face, they can work towards ensuring youth are given the opportunities and resources to influence and shape the church of the future.

Anaseini Nuku continues the narrative, acknowledging and thanking all the people who serve our youth, supporting, leading and working to ensure that young people have representation on boards and working groups.

Donald Phillips looks back on the efforts of E.P. Blamires, a devoted and progressive leader of the Youth Movement, at a time when youth were deeply impacted by ‘opposing forces’ and a rapidly changing society..

Rosalina Toilolo, from the Panmure Methodist Church, writes a tribute to Rev Fatuatia and his wife Suresa Tufuga, who recently retired after a tireless ministry spanning almost 30 years. And we welcome a new addition to the Connexion as Hamish Jarvie takes on the Methodist Alliance coordinator’s role, vacated late last year by Carol Barron.

Results from the Touchstone survey have been assessed and findings shared in this month’s edition. On behalf of the Publishing Board, I thank all those who responded and do hope content this month addresses some of the key outcomes.

I hope you enjoy the read and as always, I welcome your feedback.


  1. MCNZ Facing Failure, Making Amends, Implementing Change

    The report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care, considering the abuse of tamariki, rangatahi and adults in state and ... Read more…
  2. Seeking Hope in God

    Mr Micawber, a character in Charles Dickens’ novel David Copperfield, when faced with great problems declares that “something will ... Read more…
  3. Touchstone Survey Results In

    We thank the individuals, organisations and parishes who responded to our recent survey to help us gauge what is relevant, read and ... Read more…
  4. New Coordinator Looking Forward to Challenges and Opportunities Ahead.

    Earlier this year Carol Barron retired from her role as Methodist Alliance Coordinator. This month we introduce her replacement, ... Read more…
  5. Connexional Office Team Gather to Plan, Perform and Share

    On Monday 22 April, the Connexional Office team relocated to the Christchurch North Methodist Parish Chapel Street Centre to spend a ... Read more…
  6. Knowledge Sharing

    At the Connexional Office we have been doing some thinking about values, what are values within the office and how they relate to the ... Read more…
  7. Mark’s Messianic Secret

    Why does Jesus order the leper to “say nothing to anyone” about his healing (Mark 1:44)? Throughout Mark’s gospel Jesus tells demons, ... Read more…
  8. Waitoki Church Celebrates Centenary

    The Methodist Church in Waitoki held its first service on Sunday 27 April 1924. The community’s church and school had been transported ... Read more…
  9. Marching in Solidarity with Students

    On Friday 5 April a contingent of members of the Durham Street parish marched in the Ōtautahi Christchurch School Strike 4 Climate as ... Read more…
  10. Kōrero Mai: Earth, Our Parish

    Trinity Methodist Theological College is a community of students and researchers producing and disseminating contextually relevant and ... Read more…
  11. Touchstone Contact Details

    I welcome feedback on content included in Touchstone. Read more…
  12. Enriching the Lives of Youth and Enriching Church by Their Contributions

    Since joining the Te Hāpai Transition Team, I've been prompted to reflect on my experiences as a young Methodist. The tasks facing the ... Read more…
  13. Letters to the Editor

    Readers share their thoughts and concerns. Read more…
  14. A Legacy of Love Guided by Faith

    In the realm of faith, there are individuals who leave a deep-rooted mark on the hearts and minds of those they serve. On the weekend ... Read more…
  15. reWeaving Theological Education

    Theological education (in)forms the church – insofar as church leaders and ministers are trained and formed in theological schools. ... Read more…
  16. Faith was dreaming big but losing hope

    “…she forgets the anguish because of her joy…” – Jesus, in John 16:21 Read more…
  17. Climate Justice stories from Hamilton East Methodist Parish

    The Climate Justice Group of the Hamilton East Methodist Parish invited members to share their diverse perspectives and experiences ... Read more…
  18. He Whakaaroaro

    Inoi Mo Te Hunga Iti Rawa Read more…
  19. Jim's Cartoon

    Our regular cartoon that seeks to find the funny side of faith. Read more…
  20. Change or Die

    What gathered steam as a great idea in the 1960s and almost came to fruition as a form of organic unity in the 1970s, stumbled at the ... Read more…
  21. Chaplaincy all about being, rather than doing

    I’m now in my fourth year as chaplain at Tamahere Eventide Home and Village. Nan likes to tell people that I don’t work but spend most ... Read more…
  22. The Role of Charities Under the Law

    Charities come in all shapes, forms and sizes. Many charities have legal duties under a range of legislation, as well as under the ... Read more…
  23. Jesus The Abundant Life-Giver

    A job description identifies your work role and outlines your purpose for being there. John 10:10 tells us the job description of ... Read more…
  24. Celebrating our Rangatahi

    Youth Week is an opportunity to celebrate young people’s valuable contributions to their communities and aspire for Aotearoa to be a ... Read more…
  25. Baruch de Spinoza

    Baruch de Spinoza was a 17th-century Portuguese-Jewish philosopher of the Enlightenment known for pioneering the rationalist school. Read more…
  26. Kidz Korna

    I hope everyone enjoyed the school holidays and found lots of interesting things to do. Read more…
  27. Hope Begins with Water

    Since 2008 Christian World Service has worked with the Centre for Community Solidarity (CCS) to build 1,250 rainwater tanks for ... Read more…
  28. CWS Encourages Solidarity with West Papua

    In March, Human Rights Monitor drew attention to the worsening human rights situation in West Papua. Indonesian military forces, ... Read more…
  29. Wicked Little Letters

    A feature of contemporary life is trolls, people who post messages to social media to upset others and provoke a response. Many blame ... Read more…
  30. Dancing and other sinful distractions on Choiseul

    Entertainment for the missionaries on Choiseul was limited to the occasional radio broadcast, reception permitting. Missionaries also ... Read more…
  31. Edgar Percy Blamires 1878 – 1967

    “… sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions …” Read more…
  32. NA JISU NI TUCAKE TALE MAI NA MATE ENA LOMA NI NODA TAUBALE

    “Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each ... Read more…