Helping change lives in New Zealand

With the help of our supporters we’re able to help change lives throughout New Zealand through various projects, events and programmes.

Here’s some of the lives we’ve been able to help change ...

Bible Society and ICONZ launch adventure Bible

In early March at the annual Sandwarz event in Pt Chevalier, Auckland, more than 300 boys from local ICONZ units gathered to receive their very own copy of the Contemporary English Version (CEV) Bible and to compete for the coveted Sandwarz trophy.

Young boys compete in the tug of war at this years’ ICONZ Sandwarz event
Young boys compete in the tug of war at this years’ ICONZ Sandwarz event.

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True Story helping young people see the relevance of the Bible in their lives today

Bible Society recently launched True Story, a set of short films for youth aimed at demonstrating the relevance of the Bible for life in contemporary New Zealand culture. True Story is a fresh concept that is helping to change the commonly held perception that the Bible is an irrelevant book with nothing to say about real life issues faced by today’s young generation.

True Story
 

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Scriptural encouragement for Tokelau Language Week

Bible Society New Zealand is supporting Tokelau Language Week, 27 October – 5 November, by publishing and supplying 2,000 copies of a Scripture booklet in Tokelauan and English.

Tokelaua Language Week 2013
A pocket sized book of encouraging Scripture ( click image to view full book)

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New Zealand Defence Force New Testament – a military world first

A chance find in a Wellington bargain bin has led to a military first for the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). Chaplain Class One (CHCL1) Lance Lukin was sifting through the bargain bin about 18 months ago when he came across a waterproof New Testament.

“I saw it and immediately thought ‘how cool is that’ and wondered how it could be adapted into an NZDF resource specifically for new recruits,” he said.

NZDF Chaplain Class One Lance Lukin (NZ Defence Force)
NZDF Chaplain Class One Lance Lukin (NZ Defence Force)

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Mission Adventurers changing lives in the Outback

Congratulations to Caitlin Finlay, 19, and Julia McIntosh, 18, who joined Bible Society’s Flying Bibleman ministry visiting remote Aboriginal communities in Australia’s Outback, in May 2012.

Mission Adventurers Julia McIntosh (left) and Caitlin Finlay.
Mission Adventurers Julia McIntosh (left) and Caitlin Finlay.

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Bibles for Habitat for Humanity families

During the course of 2010/2011 fifteen houses were built in a partnership with Habitat for Humanity and the New Zealand Housing Foundation (NZHF), as part of the comprehensive Wymondley Rd, Otara development.

Steve McRobie (Bible Society Auckland South regional representative) presents a Bible to one of the Veve family children at the latest Habitat for Humanity house dedication in October.
Steve McRobie (Bible Society Auckland South regional representative) presents a Bible to one of the Veve family children at the latest Habitat for Humanity house dedication in October.

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Scripture gifts for West Auckland Hospice

On behalf of Hospice West Auckland, I would like to thank Bible Society New Zealand for their donation of Bibles and other Scripture materials. These items will greatly enhance our ability to support the spirituality of our patients and their families.

Papa Fred Holloway (Komatua & Board Member), Michael Mardon (Bible Society Regional Rep) and David Nuualiitia (Chaplain) with some of the gifted Scriptures.
Papa Fred Holloway (Kaumatua & Board Member), Michael Mardon (Bible Society Regional Rep) and David Nuualiitia (Chaplain) with some of the gifted Scriptures.

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Gifted Bibles for North Shore and Waitakere hospitals

The Waitemata District Health Board Chaplains recently received several boxes of Bibles from Bible Society for use in North Shore and Waitakere Hospitals and Mason Clinic.

Rev Michelle Shin, Rev Jacqui Cavit and Rev Lio Rotor from North Shore Hospital with Michael Mardon from Bible Society (2nd from right).
Rev Michelle Shin, Rev Jacqui Cavit and Rev Lio Rotor from North Shore Hospital with Michael Mardon from Bible Society (2nd from right).

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Scripture support for Christchurch

In response to the Christchurch earthquake Bible Society New Zealand made two Scripture booklets available to the people of that city.

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Over 3,000 see The Big Picture at Parachute

Over 3,000 people saw the international premiere of The Big Picture at Parachute in January. Bible Society New Zealand converted a big rig truck into a fully fledged cinema to premiere the New Zealand made film.
The 14 minute film was created to share the overarching story of the Bible; one of creation, the fall and redemption through God’s son Jesus Christ. 

Parachute goers queue outside Bible Society’s cinema to see The Big Picture.
Parachute goers queue outside Bible Society’s cinema to see The Big Picture.

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Foreign language Bibles in Timaru libraries

Members of the Timaru Bible Society Action Group presented Bibles in Maori, Samoan, Korean and Chinese languages to the Timaru District Library on 10 June 2010.

L to R: Felicity MacFarlane, Angela Spence, Margaret Hughes, Pukari Gerald.
L to R: Felicity MacFarlane, Angela Spence, Margaret Hughes, Pukari Gerald.

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More than 240,000 copies of the Tārore Story distributed to NZ schools

A young girl murdered.
A devastated father refusing to seek revenge.
A murderer transformed through the Gospel he stole from his victim.
Then forgiveness given and peace achieved!
This unique story, which tells about God and the power of His peace, was distributed free to school children across New Zealand.

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Lives transformed by E100 Bible Reading Challenge

Nearly 400 churches and 27,000 people around New Zealand have taken the E100 Bible Reading Challenge since its launch in 2010. E100 is the essential 100 readings through the Bible, designed to help people gain a better understanding of the Bible Story.

(L-R) Elizabeth, Mata, Emmanuel, Nikita, Marianne and Luke from Porirua Salvation Army are all geared up for their E100 journey.
(L-R) Elizabeth, Mata, Emmanuel, Nikita, Marianne and Luke from Porirua Salvation Army are all geared up for their E100 journey.

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Bible Society releases new Maori New Testament

On Wednesday 17 December 2008, Maori church and community leaders gathered at Poroporo Marae in Whakatane to celebrate the launch of Te Kawenata Hou, the newly reformatted edition of the Maori New Testament.

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