Monthly Archives: November 2013

Elissa Smith – Parklands Local Hero

I am pleased that Elissa Smith won the “Local Hero” Medal in the Kiwi Bank New Zealander of the Year Awards. There were 700 nominations throughout NZ. In December further judging will take place to narrow it down to ten finalists across NZ Below is the letter I wrote supporting Elissa’s nomination for this award. […]

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What if we got church all wrong?

I wonder if Jesus was giving a prophetic warning when He told His disciples, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like […]

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Maori Seats and Multiculturalism

In my first year of life, my family took me from my country of birth, Sri Lanka, to Singapore. I remember in my early years of schooling in Singapore. we had to learn our National Language, which was Malay. But this soon was stopped and the focus was on the official languages of Singapore – […]

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We all die….

On November 22nd 1963, the Beatles released their second UK Album “With the Beatles” and I was entering my terrible twos and was busy drowning beatles and other insects in a bucket of water just to see them drown. It never dawned on me that on that day three well-known people would die. These three […]

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Why I can’t support the Conservatives…

The Conservatives, in my opinion, are rooted strongly in the past and are not able to embrace the changing world we live in. For them a better New Zealand would mean upholding the union between religion and state; reducing government control; limiting the powers of unions, reducing the rights of the labour movement; empowering the […]

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Significant moments

Over the past 3 days I have been attending the 3dm Learning Community in Melbourne. This is the first of four immersions that takes place over the next 2 years. Already I have experienced a few ‘God moments’ which has got me thinking what my ministry would look like in the last leg of my […]

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The healing of a nation

During a workshop at the Baptist Gathering, I listened to a young Maori talk about the pain of being a refugee in his own country and how his people had to journey with this pain for a long time. As I listened to him, I felt his pain and it brought deep sadness because what he […]

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Make it real!

I am presently attending the gathering of the New Zealand Baptists in Auckland and our theme this year is “Diversity”. Since becoming part of the movement in 2006, I have heard this cry of the union to embrace multiculturalism. We are a multicultural nation and we are seeing people from all the different continents of […]

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Moving beyond the blame game in disaster recovery

It took the world by surprise when an Italian Court convicted six scientists and one government official of manslaughter because they failed to predict the magnitude of a devastating earthquake in L’Aquila in central Italy in 2009. In 2005, the public blamed President George Bush for the deficiencies and failures in the Federal government’s response […]

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Why I accepted the CERA Invitation to the Rebuild and Recovery Forum…

Last week I had 4 people come to my office to talk to me about the slowness of the earthquake recovery in the east and their regular struggles with suicidal thoughts as they are overwhelmed by a sense of hopelessness. Almost every week I am coming across someone new telling me that they no longer […]

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