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Induction Service for the Rev. Nigel Crocombe

The Kaimai Presbytery Council has confirmed Sunday 12 May 2019 for the induction of Nigel Crocombe to St David’s Presbyterian Church, 9 Ranfurly Street, Otorohanga. The service will start at 3:00pm and be followed by refreshments in the church hall. The Presbytery will meet at 2:45pm in the lounge and members of the Session are welcome to be associated with the Presbytery for this occasion. The service will be conducted by Lud Sparks, a co-Moderator of the Presbytery.
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NOM & LOM application/assessment timing

Important Dates for applications to the Presbytery for National Ordained Ministry and Locally Ordained Ministry:
LOM Applications will close on 30 April 2019.
NOM Applications will close on 30 June 2019.
The assessments for both will be held together in Sept/Oct  (tba).
No late applications will be accepted.
For any questions please contact:                           
Sandra Warner  (LOM)
Marion Sanders (NOM)
Supplementary Provision Changes AES Memo
General Assembly in 2018 determined a new process for the way in which nomination and election of the Moderator would take place. The supplementary provision outlines how this will take place.
Second, following a question from the Leadership Sub Committee of the Council of Assembly, the Book of Order Advisory committee has reviewed the supplementary provisions of the Conditions of Service Manual concerning accommodation during parental leave. This has raised a number of matters for on-going work, but until such time as other recommendations are received Supplementary Provision Use of manse has been replaced by a simple clarification that the minister’s housing entitlements as per the Terms of Call are unaffected by parental leave. 


Oral history participants needed: Deaconesses and the city of Dunedin 1930s-1970s.

I am conducting research for my history honours at the University of Otago on Presbyterian deaconesses and their work in the Dunedin community from 1930s-1970s.This work will focus on their character, impact and legacy. I am interested in interviewing people who are willing to share their experiences with a Dunedin based deaconess during this time. The interviews will take place at the Presbyterian Research Centre or over the phone and last no longer than one hour.

If you would like to be involved, or to know more please contact me, Rachel Tombs on 020 444 0046, or

2019 is a significant year for Queen Margaret College, Wellington as this is the year we celebrate 100 years of exceptional education for girls and young women. Our celebrations will take place during the weekend of the 6-9 June.

We are asking our current and former families, students, staff, Old Girls, Board and Foundation members to connect as with as many people as they can within the QMC community.  To ensure we have an excellent turnout at this year’s event, please visit, or direct your friends to, our website for more information.

For more information about our centenary and for the centenary weekend programme visit


"This Policy must be applied when people in the Church have responsibility for children and young people. Congregations must comply with this policy by the end of 2019.
In short, congregations are required to appoint a Congregation Child Protection Safety Officer whose responsibilities include:
1.     Ensuring safe recruitment of leaders (including police vetting once every 3 years) 
2.     Ensuring leaders are trained
3.     Ensuring leaders are following safe working practices 
4.     Ensuring any suspected child abuse is reported appropriately.
Congregations must appoint a Child Protection Safety Officer by 1 August 2019, and the Church will run Congregation Child Protection Safety Officer Training between 1 Sep – 30 Nov. Your presbytery will liaise with you regarding this.
To support congregations, the Church provides a free police vetting service. Also, in conjunction with presbyteries, a Safety WOF training day is available for children and youth leaders, which to date, over 500 leaders across the nation have attended."
Gordon Fitch
Director Resourcing and National Youth Manager
Interest rate reduction for Presbyterian Investment Fund effective 1 July 2019

The Trustees have found it necessary to reduce the interest rate payable from the On Call Fund within the Presbyterian Investment Fund to 3.25% p.a. (down from 3.5% p.a.) from 1 July 2019.
For some time the Trustees have been able to maintain the interest rate well above other on-call rates through the use of professional management and by depleting reserves.

However, the outlook for interest rates is not positive, with financial markets expecting future interest rate cuts – and the reserves are not endless.
The Trustees appreciate that a lower rate will put even more pressure on parish budgets, so wanted to signal the move in advance.
The Trustees are in the process of introducing a higher risk/higher return option, please let me know if you would like information about this option when it becomes available.
Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kos van Lier
Executive Officer, The Presbyterian Church Property Trustees
P O Box 9049, Marion Square, Wellington 6141
Phone (04) 381 8296  Mobile 021 237 0644

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Mission Enterprise Fund contributions

Assembly approved changes that address an anomaly in the exemption clause for contribution to the Mission Enterprise Fund. The revised wording clarifies that manse sale proceeds used to fund a new worship centre do qualify for the exemption, and vice versa. Under previous rules, this wasn’t possible.

Assembly noted that some parishes have been unfairly disadvantaged by the inequity of the original wording and recommended to PressGo that it make grants to parishes, in line with the spirit and intent of the revised exemption clause. Parishes must apply by 31 May 2019 if they believe they are eligible.


Ministry Opportunities

Presbyterian Church School's Resource Office Director
The Presbyterian Church Schools’ Resource Office Director is to resource and support the Presbyterian Church School in New Zealand and to serve and strengthen the relationship between the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand and those church schools which are associated with it READ MORE>
Ministry Exchange 

I am a minister serving with the United Reformed Church in Southport, Merseyside, UK. The pastorate is part of the Mersey Synod. I would like to explore the possibility of a Ministry Exchange in New Zealand, perhaps in 2020 or 2021, ideally in the North Island where there might be some experience of Maori culture and its effect on the church's mission. 
The pastorate where I serve is a team ministry of six churches with two full time ministers. The town of Southport and its adjacent settlement of Formby are dormitory towns for Liverpool as well as Southport being a seaside resort. Each of the six churches has a distinct culture and two are partnerships with other denominations (Methodist at one and Baptist the other). 

Revd Peter J Lyth

World Council of Churches

At the Central Committee meeting of the World Council of Churches June 2018, it was announced that the General Secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, will not be seeking a third term. We give thanks for his ministry and leadership over these past years.

The World Council of Churches are now in the position of seeking a new General Secretary to lead this historic and critical ecumenical fellowship of the one church of Christ.

For further information and application documentation please email

The deadline for submitting an application with the nomination form from the member church is 1 May 2019.

St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Hamilton 
St Andrew’s, a committed congregation, is ready for transformation. St Andrew’s has superb facilities and we are particularly keen to  use them in a way that brings Christ to more people particularly young families and youth. In order to achieve this we know we need to do things differently to how things have been done in the past. We are more than ready to invest fully in a way forward. The documents on spell this out in greater detail. READ MORE >


2019 Kaimai Presbytery Calendar Events

  • Ministerial Refreshment Day 2019 (with the Right Rev. Fakaofo Kaio) - Thursday, 2 May 2019, 9:30am start for 10:00am - 3:00pm at St Andrews Matamata
  • May Gathering 2019 - St Paul's Presbyterian Church Katikati, 1 Mulgan Street Katikati (Saturday 4 May, 9:30-3:00pm)
  • Council Meeting: 1:30pm, Thursday 16 May venue tbc
  • Special Presbytery Meeting - Saturday 8 June 2019, 9:30am start for 10:00am - 3:00pm at St Andrews, Matamata.
  • Council Meeting: 1:30pm, Thursday, 20 June 2019 at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Matamata (20 Meura Street, Matamata)
  • Council Meeting: 1:30pm, Thursday, 15 August 2019 at Bethlehem Community Church (183 Moffatt Road, Bethlehem)
  • September Gathering 2019 - St Andrews Matamata, 20 Meura Street Matamata  (Saturday, 7 September, 9:30-3:00pm)
  • Council Meeting: 1:30pm, Thursday, 17 October 2019 at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Matamata (20 Meura Street, Matamata)
  • Council Meeting: 1:30pm, Thursday, 28 November 2019 at Bethlehem Community Church (183 Moffatt Road, Bethlehem)
Kaimai Presbytery Directory copy request
Kaimai Presbytery Council (click on the links to email them)
Co-Moderators: Rev Ian PittendreighMr Lud Sparks 
Convenor: Rev Dr Ron Mills
Members: Mr Ray Miller (Property), Mrs Ann OwenRev Jacqui Cavit, Rev Cate Williams (on leave), Rev Murray Lambert
Treasurer: Mr Neville Watkins
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