I was in Aotearoa New Zealand for three weeks in March and April, principally working at the University of Auckland’s Bioengineering Institute. I also looked around North Island a bit.
List of churches and places of worship visited in Aotearoa New Zealand:
- Saint Andrew’s (First) Presbyterian Church, Auckland: I attended a Sunday service.
- Saint Paul’s Anglican Church, Auckland: the service was boring.
- Cathedral of the Holy Trinity with Saint Mary’s and Saint Stephen’s (Anglican), Auckland: I witnessed a baptism and received Communion.
- Aotea Chapel, Methodist Mission Northern, Auckland.
- Saint Matthew-in-the-City (Anglican), Auckland.
- Saint Patrick’s (Catholic) Cathedral, Auckland.
- Christ Church (Anglican), Russell (Kororareka): the oldest surviving church building in New Zealand; I received Communion.
- Pompallier, Russell (Kororareka): Catholic mission house by French Marist Brothers, with printshop.
- Saint Paul’s Church with “Haven of History” (mission station of the Church Missionary Society), Paihia: with the first printshop in New Zealand, of William Colenso.
- Cathedral of Saint Paul (Anglican), Wellington: I went to Evensong and saw the Archbishop.
- The (Catholic) Metropolitan Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Wellington.
- Saint Andrew-on-the-Terrace Presbyterian Church, Wellington: the oldest presbyterian church in New Zealand.
- the chapel at Auckland International Airport.
At Saint Andrew’s Auckland, they used the Church Hymnary which was printed by Oxford University Press next to my flat, and did not arrive in New Zealand before a few good years’ stint at Orchard Road Presbyterian Church in Singapore! On the other hand, note A New Zealand Prayer Book which has the liturgical exhortation after the lessons: “Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the Church”, and the hymnal Alleluia Aotearoa with many Southern-hemisphere hymns.
Other notable events and places visited: World Indigenous Television Broadcasting Conference; Waitangi; Tongariro Crossing; New Zealand Parliament; Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior (II).
Whakamoemititia a Ihowa.
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