North New Zealand Conference Session


Three hundred and thirty church members attended the 89th Triennial Constituency Session for the North New Zealand Conference (NNZC), held in Auckland last weekend.

In his opening address Pastor Eddie Tupai, president of the North New Zealand Conference, paraphrased Jeremiah 16:6; “Stand at the crossroads, and ask for the ancient (eternal) paths.  Ask for the good way, and walk in it.  You will find rest for your soul”.  Pastor Tupai urged the constituents to go forward in doing the Lords work with urgency.

Stand at the crossroads, and ask for the ancient eternal paths. Ask for the good way, and walk in it. You will find rest for your soul

During the course of the weekend Pastor Tupai was reappointed as president of the North New Zealand Conference.  Joining him in administration are Pastor Ben Timothy as General Secretary and Shane Palipane as Chief Financial Officer.  Members were also appointed to the NNZC Executive Committee.

Mr Russell Jones, retiring Secretary/Treasurer was farewelled after 24 years of service to the Seventh-day Adventist Church in various capacities.  He will continue on as Treasurer for the rest of the calendar year.

Friendly debates ensued as the delegates discussed changes to the Constitution and remits that were brought to the session.

The highlight of the weekend was on Sunday morning worship service. Keynote speaker Pastor Paul Siope, presented the story of the Prodigal Son from the perspective of the Father’s eyes. Just as the Father ran toward the son and embraced him, he urged each of everyone to run towards people returning home, people that are lost, and to embrace them in the Father’s love as the Father does His children.

At the conclusion of the Session, constituents were commissioned to go into the world and run with urgency to fulfil the Father’s will.

“The Conference of North Island of Aotearoa, the Land of the Long White Cloud is on an intentional journey towards health and is on a mission to build leaders who grow churches who serve their communities,” says Pastor Tupai. “The Vision is catching on. We look forward to the amazing things God is able to do when His people are willing to step up and listen to His calling.”