TE HAERENGA 2020 – Te Timatanga Back to blog list
“I Te Timatanga te Kupu, I te Atua te Kupu, ko te Atua anā te Kupu. I te Atua anō tēnei kupu I te timatanga.”
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.”
Our annual Hui Maori was held at Whitiora and Huriharama marae, Te Tii in Te Taitokerau. The 4th such event for our Movement focused on reconnecting back to our marae, our place of meeting, learning, and inspiration. Our desire was to make a difference in our own communities, to grow Maori representation and influence within the church of Aotearoa and to prepare us for the future to make an impact on Aotearoa and other nations.
A hīkoi for whānau from ngahau e wha, the literal four corners of Aotearoa, took the long journey from Whanganui, Wairoa, Ahuriri, Rotorua, Whitianga, Tamaki-Makaurau, Turanga–nui-a-kiwa, Waikato, Te Whanganui-a-tara, Timaru and Temuka. We were welcomed by the tangata whenua and the blessing of much needed rain, following a three month drought. The rain was a significant occurrence, showing the provision of the Lord and his desire to bless his people. Thank you for praying!
The theme for this year’s Hui was focused around Te Timatanga, The Beginning and the scripture found in John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.”
We enjoyed four incredible days of hearing great speakers, worship, abundant kai and fellowship. All this was facilitated and supported by the local Churches of Te Taitokerau; Kawakawa, Whangarei, Kerikeri and Dargaville.
Our speakers included our Superintendent, Ps Illiafi Esera, who opened our gathering, Ps Mina Acraman, Ps Matai Bennet, Brad Haami, Ps Leeana Kukutai and Christine Waitai-Rapana. Our six speakers brought their individual messages, yet they all focused on the same theme of “Te Timatanga. There was a freedom for the speakers to be fearlessly honest, which enabled the hearers to be convicted and inspired to make a mark for Jesus on their maraes and in their communities.
The worship team under the leadership of Pastor Peter and Hannah lifted praise to another level. Ihu Karaiti was magnified in our midst.
Another significant event was praying for reconciliation and the unity of the families of the local area and the marae. It challenged many of us to do the same in our own whānau and marae.
A pōwhiri welcomed us onto the whenua of Rangihoua, where we had the privilege of hearing local kaumātua Te Hurihanga Rihari, who shared the story of the spiritual significance of the area to Maori. We then walked down to Oihi Bay, the beach where Samuel Marsden’s first sermon was preached to both Maori and Pākehā. It was an opportunity to pray and recommit to our mission of preaching the Gospel in Aotearoa.
A day trip was arranged to Waitangi, where we visited the museum and the Treaty grounds. Our guide was very informative. We all came away with a greater understanding of Te Tiriti O Waitangi, learning how this is still impacting our whānau, hapū, iwi and hāhi today.
A united effort by so many people made this hui possible. Another milestone on our Te Haerenga. Many thanks to the local people of Te Tii and those who served, in particular the work of the local churches who had prepared tirelessly over the past year. Special thanks go to Pastors Jason and Jan of Kawakawa, Pastors Tanera and Susan and Papa John from Hope Church in Kerikeri, Pastors Peter and Hannah of the Good News Church in Whangarei, and Pastors Colin and Jenny Ayling. And also to the group of YWAM students, who provided programs for our kids and served throughout the weekend.
May the Lord’s grace and mercy be on you all. We are looking forward to Te Haerenga 2021.