We suggest New Zealand has TWO PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT HISTORIES.
We are one of the most free, prosperous and equality-based societies on planet earth today, and in human history. Why?
Find important messages on these histories below.
Click HERE for this very interesting series focuses on our early New Zealand bicultural heritage and explore our early roots as a nation. There is a deliberate focus on our nation’s remarkably positive bicultural beginnings – along with all the mistakes made in the process, because this part of our nation’s history is little-known and often misrepresented.
Click HERE to listen to this audio series that illustrates what made us, us. Who are we as kiwis? We have a definite set of values – but where did they come from? We also enjoy many freedoms and privileges that far-exceed those of most countries and cultures. Why do we have it so good? The fact is, our history tells us a lot about who we are. The values we hold today came from our forefathers.
Click HERE to see a series of five booklets which look at ‘The New Zealand Story – Then and Now’
This explores our early Gospel history and equipping teachings for evangelism.
It is said that, ‘Those who tell the history write the future.’ Many in our churches know very little about our own nation’s history, and in particular how profoundly significant the Christian faith has been within it. This message suggests that re-learning the stories of this history is more important to our future than many yet realise.
This is the same message as just above – but as an audio, and to a congregation rather than as a conference message.
A presentation by Dave from a Thinking Matters conference in 2019, related to the story of Te Tiriti, followed by some strategic reflections on current trends and where this might be heading – with awareness of implications for the Church as a whole in Aotearoa-New Zealand.
This is the same message as just above – but as an audio, and spoken in a different context. A stirring 45 minute presentation on the little-known background to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, concluding with a challenging strategic forecasts from Dave on where biculturalism is going in New Zealand, and possible implications of this for the Kiwi Church.
While this is an earlier video from the bicultural journey of the NZ Church (early 2014, prior to the first Hope Project media effort), it gives a clear and concise explanation regarding why the bicultural narrative is important to the NZ Church, while also addressing some of the key misunderstandings (or unfair ‘accusations’) leveraged against the Christian faith in this early history.
A heart-felt answer from Jade on how we might continue to see Maori connecting with Christ on the Marae, highlighting challenges while raising awareness of the opportunities and journey.
An excellent presentation, that imparts an understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi), it’s remarkably Christian context, and the implications of this for us today.
Historian Dr Stuart Lange shares the story of the Ngati Ruanui martyrs and reflects on lessons we can learn from their incredible story.
Stuart completed his PhD from the University of Otago, through a study on the history of twentieth-century evangelical Christianity in New Zealand. He also holds an MA with first class honours in History from Auckland University and a BD from the Melbourne College of Divinity. Stuart’s major book (A Rising Tide: Evangelical Christianity in New Zealand, 1930-1965) was published by Otago University Press in 2013.
A main session strategic presentation made at Engage Conference 2017 in Auckland, NZ with Dr Stuart Lange. Stuart tells stories related to the remarkable Maori mission, which included at its peak about 200 self-motivated Maori evangelists, taking a message of hope to their own people.
Each of the five booklets from this series, ‘Then and Now‘ have content of wide interest and are good value regarding our early Gospel history and equipping teachings for evangelism. Read and share these links online or print and give out as a weekly bulletin so that your members are informed and encouraged.
Two printing options available for each.
A series with no comparison, the Chronicles of Paki — NZ’s Untold Story, takes New Zealand back in time 200 years. Each story has been checked by known historians and the relevant Iwi. Learn about the relationship forged between two incredibly different cultures — European and Māori. Available to purchase HERE.