Race relations report marks Te Aka Puaho’s 50th
Media Advisory 14 March 2005
Race relations report marks Te Aka Puaho’s 50th jubilee
Race relations commissioner Joris de Bres will commemorate the 50th birthday of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand’s Maori Synod by releasing a report on race relations in 2004.
The report will include an analysis of race-related complaints made to the Human Rights Commission, statistics on New Zealand’s demographics and ethnic inequalities, and an overview of race relations research.
People from around the country will gather at Ohope marae for the jubilee, which is being held from 17-20 March.
The head of the Presbyterian Church, Moderator Rt Rev Garry Marquand, past and present church members and other senior figures from within the Presbyterian Church will be attending the celebrations.
Date: 17 – 20 March 2005
Time: see attached programme
Location: Ohope marae, Ohope
For further information, to arrange an interview or to confirm your attendance, please contact Josephine Reader on 021 353 020. Interviews may also be arranged prior to or following the celebrations. Race relations commissioner contact: Callom Basham (04) 473 9981
The Presbyterian Church has been associated with tribes of
the Urewera, Bay of Plenty, Hawkes Bay, Central Plateau and
King Country regions (Tuhoe, Te Arawa, Te Whanai a Apanui,
Tainui, Tuwharetoa) since early last century. Te Aka Puaho
now has 13 pastorates including Auckland, Gisborne,
Taumaranui, Rotorua and Wellington.
- The current Moderator of Te Aka Puaho is Mrs Millie Te Kaawa, who was inducted into this office on 26 February 2005.
- More information about Te Aka Puaho and its role within the Presbyterian Church can be found at www.presbyterian.org.nz/teakapuaho
Programme – Te Aka Puaho 50th Jubilee celerations
Wednesday, 16 March Powhiri 4:30pm
Thursday, 17 March “Memories of Gisborne” – reflections by R Koia
Presentation: Whakatane “Kia taka tu tahi tatou”
50th jubilee service including re-enactment of handing over of scroll
“Race Relations in 2004” – Race Relations Commissioner, Joris de Bres
Friday, 18 March Hikoi to Waimana/Matahi
“Mission of the Church” – General Assembly Moderator, Rt Rev Garry Marquand
Thanksgiving service for bi-cultural journey of Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand
Saturday, 19 March Presentation: Lindisfarne, Te Whaiti nui Toi (boys’ school) and other matters - Sir Rodney Gallen, QC
Presentations from various people about the life and mission of the Church will be held throughout the day
Sunday, 20 March Sunday service 9:00am
Please note the programme is subject to change.