Methodist Church of New Zealand


Welcome to the April edition of Touchstone

At the Connexional Office we are looking forward to the coming Easter break. The days ahead represent so much more than a long weekend. Content this month celebrates the death and resurrection of our saviour, Jesus Christ, and the transition from darkness to light when loss and despair transformed to hope and joy. Rev Keita Hotere reflects on the customs of her whanau and how they embrace the opportunity to unveil memorial headstones during Holy Week in a tradition known as Hura Kohatu. Climate change, conservation and the Christian response to climate justice are also highlighted this month. A Rocha co-founder, Peter Harris, recently visited Aotearoa to share the origins and evolution of what has become a global organisation committed to promoting and encouraging a Christian approach to conservation.

Rev John Carr shares some of the green initiatives being undertaken by his Western Bay of Plenty parish, a member of A Rocha Eco Church NZ. This week saw the launch of a unique 'MCNZ designed and released' t-shirt promoting the Climate Justice Decade. As the promotional flyer says, “the Climate Justice t-shirts are the perfect way to amplify your voice and raise awareness about the urgent need for environmental action”.

I hope you find articles, reviews and reflections that inspire and inform.


  1. A Rocha International co-founder Peter Harris, Discusses Conservation and Faith

    At a recent series of events throughout Aotearoa Peter Harris, shared words of wisdom with audiences eager to weave together their ... Read more…
  2. Jim's Cartoon

    Our regular cartoon that seeks to find the funny side of faith. Read more…
  3. Celebrating and Nurturing Our Talented Creatives

    In addition to mainly being the month of Lent, March this year, like many of the years before, is a vibrant month for cultural ... Read more…
  4. Te Reo Aroha o te Aranga - Love Language of the Easter

    Love language can be expressed in a myriad of ways. During my upbringing I eagerly anticipated the Holy Week, for in the Taitokerau, ... Read more…
  5. Re-thinking Faith & Wellbeing: Trinity College Undertaking HRC Funded Project

    In a ground-breaking endeavour to unravel the intricate relationship between faith and wellbeing, a new research project is underway ... Read more…
  6. Journeying through Methodist Legacy: Epworth Easter Camp!

    The buzz is growing among Methodist youth groups gearing up for Epworth Easter Camp 2024. This annual gathering, hosted by the Youth ... Read more…
  7. Making a Difference

    Amidst the pressing challenges of climate change, the concept of one parish or one person making a difference can feel discouraging. Read more…
  8. Get the T-Shirt & Show You Care for the Climate

    A limited-edition, exclusive range of Climate Justice Decade – Rekindle the Vā of Papatūānuku t-shirts have recently been released. At ... Read more…
  9. Western Bay of Plenty Parish striving to be good allies to the Rainbow community

    For two years, the Western Bay of Plenty Parish has been sponsoring the Tauranga Moana Pride Festival. It is a partnership that is ... Read more…
  10. Zoom Room Current Affairs Discussion Open to All

    On April 10, Takapuna Methodist Church is launching a monthly current affairs discussion group on Zoom. The first three sessions ... Read more…
  11. No One Suffers Alone

    With the unexpected death of Efeso Collins on 21 Feb 2024, the New Zealand Parliament lost a Pasifika-affirming body, voice, and ... Read more…
  12. Methodist Alliance Forum on Housing

    The Methodist Alliance gathered in Tāmaki Makaurau on 8 - 9 March, with housing as the focus of discussion. This was the first time ... Read more…
  13. After Easter…disappointment?

    “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” Read more…
  14. Finding the Sweet Spot Between the Known and The Unknown

    I think it would be fair to say that wherever you look, or listen into, these days there is a surplus of change and transition in the ... Read more…
  15. Adjusting the Poverty Mindset

    I am confronted by the reality that most churches live with a poverty mindset. There never seems enough to go round. We are always ... Read more…
  16. Building a Church Website

    Creating an effective parish website requires careful planning, creativity and dedication to ensure it creates more value than it ... Read more…
  17. NZMWF Secretary Reflects on Work, Faith & Life

    Dr Soana Muimuiheata signs off her emails with a footnote she wrote in 2002. “Only one life that will one day Past, Only what is done ... Read more…
  18. Easter Trading Rules

    For most Christians, Easter is a holiday as we celebrate the resurrection of Christ, but for others it is ‘work as usual’. Easter ... Read more…
  19. Kidz Korna

    Welcome to this month’s Kidz Korna. I hope everyone has an enjoyable Easter. As well as enjoying eggs, hot cross buns and a holiday, ... Read more…
  20. Pilgrims for Gaza

    On the morning of 8 March, a dozen pilgrims in Rangiora began the first Gaza Ceasefire Pilgrimage with prayer. They set out on a 41 ... Read more…
  21. More Aid Needed

    New Zealand agencies have written an Open Letter calling on the government to increase the Official Development Aid (ODA) spending in ... Read more…
  22. The Convert

    As we approach Easter, the movie The Convert resonates with Gospel themes of peace and reconciliation. Read more…
  23. Walter Brueggemann’s Prophetic Imagination: a theological biography

    Author: Conrad L Kanagy Publisher: Fortress Press, Minneapolis 2023, 215 pages. Reviewer: John Thornley Read more…
  24. Harbouring

    Author: Jenny Pattrick Publisher: Penguin, 2022 Read more…
  25. Ex-Auckland Methodist Archives Volume Conservation Project

    In December last year the Connexional Office approved a request for funding to cover the employment of a specialist conservator on a ... Read more…
  26. Hohepa Otene (& Joseph Orton) 1808 – 1874

    For a couple of decades, at least, in the earlier years of the Wesleyan Mission in New Zealand, it was a fairly common practice to ... Read more…
  27. Ko Paula Keina Tucake Tale Ni Gone Turaga Paul and the Resurrection of Christ

    Cakacaka 10: 34-43 (Act 10 : 34 – 43) Read more…