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Past Events

Pr Tulaga Aiolupotea Urban Ministry Gisborne Skate Park Project July 2019

Pastor Tulaga ministers in the South NZ Conference in Invercargill. He has a passion for souls in the cities who have not met Jesus yet, through the creative artistry of Graffiti street art, preaching, teaching and empowering the next generation to become canvases of God’s grace through their God-given gifts, painted by the living Word of life. The focus of his work is empowering a new generation through urban ministry, where people, especially young people, are encouraged to creatively express biblical concepts, words and a lifestyle that are gospel-focused through Graffiti art workshops.

GISBORNE HERALD Life lessons in graffiti workshop by Kim Parkinson July 20, 2019 

A school holiday graffiti workshop inspired a group of Gisborne youth and the walls of the community centre at Alfred Cox Skate Park are the evidence of their inspiration. About 15 young people from Te Ora Hou youth club have been working through the week designing and painting the walls inside the community centre. Te Ora Hou invited Invercargill-based graffiti artist Tulaga Aiolupotea to teach the five-day programme.  

Community youth worker Renee Blazey said the kids had loved the experience. “It’s hard to find activities they stay engaged with, but the graffiti workshop has been awesome,” she said yesterday.  
Tulaga said one of the great things about graffiti is you can go over mistakes and start again and that was the message of the programme — that in life we make mistakes and this is how we learn.  

Gisborne Herald, June 26, 2019 Men of the Year by Mark Peters. Recipients honoured, humble.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Last night’s Men of the Year award winners, back, from left, Shane Clapperton, David Spraggs, Graeme Atkins, Allan Brown, Peniana Brown, Meng Foon, Taina Ngarimu, Sam Cairns. Front, from left, Arthur Stewart, Wade Brunt and Coby Te Pairi. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell Gisborne Herald. Tauawhi Men’s Centre co-ordinator Tim Marshall said the centre’s goal was a violence-free Tairawhiti but the awards evening celebrated men who made a difference to the community. Ten men were nominated for an award based on criteria such as “goes the extra mile”, “valuing children, young people and family”, and “support for other men”.

Members Of Our Church Family Acknowledged

The Tairawhiti Men of the Year awards ultimate accolade, the Tauawhi award was presented to Allan and Peniana Brown for their selfless work with Tauawhi and Family Works.

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them (Matthew 7:20). We are to minister to the despairing, and inspire hope in the hopeless ChS 186

The Tairawhiti Men of the Year awards traditionally end with a Tauawhi award. This year the special award went to two people, Allan and Peniana Brown. In the late 1990s, Mr and Mrs Brown returned to Gisborne after living in Australia since 1980. “I had a good job there but God had other plans for me,” Mr Brown said.

After a life-threatening health issue in 1997, he gave up his marketing executive job. “We came back to work with young people and encourage them to change their lifestyle.” The couple started a programme in which they collected children after school and took them to their church for activities. They had planned to do that for two years, “but we’re still here”.

Impressed with the work Tauawhi Men’s centre did, Mr Brown took on a role there himself. “Working with Tauawhi and Family Works has been a blessing for us. “We went there because we believed.”

May 2019 The Big FAT Lie Documentary

We viewed the biopic of New Zealander Grant Dixon documenting his heart attack and search for answers that led him to embrace a plant based diet. His new diet and abundant health allows him to now run marathons. For more go to

Grant Dixon

May 2019 Karen Holford Family Counsellor and Author

Family Ministries Director – Trans-European Division. Karen first trained as an occupational therapist, and worked in a rehabilitation centre for people with acquired brain injuries and memory problems.

She attended Andrews University where she completed an MA in educational and developmental psychology. Karen also has an MSc in Systemic Psychotherapy (family therapy) and she has recently worked as a family therapist for several charities in Scotland, as well as training and supervising students in the foundation year of family therapy training. Karen has written hundreds of articles, mostly about relationships for Adventist publications. She has also written about 20 books for adults and children, focusing mainly on relationships and family spirituality. She has been married to Bernie for more than 30 years. They have 3 adult children and 3 young grandchildren. 

Karen presented 2 seminars while here.

Intergenerational Worship Seminar: If we want our children and young people to enjoy church and to choose to follow Jesus and become Seventh-day Adventists, we need to include them in our church worships from a young age, in ways that nurture their spiritual thinking and development. 

Christian Parenting Seminar: Developing character strengths isn’t just good for the soul, it also increases our happiness, confidence and sense of purpose, and it helps us develop our relationship with God. It also benefits us as individuals, families and even the communities in which we live. 

Her books can be viewed here or purchased at the NZ ABC Store

Dale Hokin Family & Children’s Pastor, Pathfinders & Adventurers Director NNZC

Dale accompanied Karen and showed his skill at being a great host with excellent local knowledge. He made certain his guest was well catered for including showing her the local sights and ensuring she was at her speaking engagements on time with an abundance of energy available to share her great wisdom and experience with us.

February 2019 Hayden Wiseman, Nadya Slack Concert

We were blessed with the privilege of enjoying an exquisite performance by Hayden and Nadya. We wish them both success representing our Creator in their chosen careers. Visit

'An Inspirational Journey' is certainly a dream come true! I want to thank God for opening the doors and opportunities to pursue music ministry and share powerful music with a message - a message of God's consistent love and care for each person!

It is my hope and desire that the music on this album will truly take you on a journey of transcendence beyond this world, and inspire you to continue on the road of life, toward those heavenly mansions! This is my vision, my prayer, my passion.


Hayden Wiseman

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July 2018 Pastor Dyason Kuresa Fighting The Good Fight

From World Kickboxing Champion to Champion of God, Dyason shared some of his life experiences in and out of the ring at several meetings in Gisborne and at various locations up the coast.

He shared the changes his life took after finding the Christian Faith. His message connected with the young and the challenges that they face today. His story provided hope and solutions to some of life's contemporary challenges. Dyason is the pastor at Manurewa and Otara Adventist Churches.

Visit this link to view the Dyason Kuresa ‘Fighting The Good Fight’ video recorded at the New Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church, Vineyard, NSW, Australia

Ordination Ceremony of Pastor John Smolka December 2017

Following his graduation in 2012 from Avondale college with a graduate diploma in theology and ministry, Pastor John accepted the position of pastor at Gisborne church. He relocated his wife and two daughters from Australia to this far eastern corner of New Zealand, where they were warmly welcomed into the local church community. Despite the remoteness of his posting, Pastor John’s ability to touch the lives of people far and wide was not hindered. This was evidenced by attendees from as far as Auckland in the North, and Masterton in the south. Together with friends of Pastor John from Gisborne’s wider Christian community, these people helped to swell the numbers in attendance on the day. Though they are not just numbers! Pastor John chose in his response time to personally present the name of each of the 89 people present, before the Lord, acknowledging them and sharing God’s aroha around. Presiding over the ordination was lead Pastor Eddie Tupa’i, along with pastors Ben Timothy, and Brad Kemp. Corrie Kemp, partners in ministry coordinator for the New Zealand Pacific Union Conference was also on hand to share some words of encouragement and affirmation with Pastor John’s ‘partner in ministry’ Heather Smolka.