Hui: All Are Invited to the Annual Diocesan Family Reunion

Hui: All Are Invited to the Annual Diocesan Family Reunion


At the annual Hui, our extended Diocesan family will come together to celebrate and explore the key themes we committed to at Synod — (1) Our Transforming God / Discipleship, (2) Reducing Child Poverty, and (3) Reducing Carbon Emissions. Together we will worship, tell stories, and cross-pollinate to get a better sense of our connections and commonalities as a Diocese.

WHEN? Parihaka Day, Saturday, 5 November, 10am to 2pm, PLUS from 2pm to 4pm, there will be a screening of the film Tāterakihi, which tells the story of Parihaka (with an introduction by the wonderful NZ Filmmaker Gaylene Preston.)  We have received special permission to show this fantastic film—such a privilege!  

WHO? There will be something for everyone—all ages are welcome, so bring your whole whanau.

WHAT? For this festival experience there will be lots to pick from:

  • The Main Space of the Cathedral will be populated with booths in which parishes and ministries can interactively share what they are doing on one or all of the themes.  You can chat with local ministry leaders and be inspired—sort of like a one-on-one mini-workshop!
  • Additionally in the Main Space, We will pause regularly for worship, prayer, and learning together with Bishop Justin. There will also be brief graduation ceremonies for three of our Diocesan discipleship models: Anglican Studies, EFM, and 3DM.
  • You can choose to check out the 30-minute breakout sessions in other spaces, at 10.30am, 11.40am, and 12.50pm. For each of our Diocesan themes, you will have an opportunity to engage with a workshop, a conversation, and a contemplative space.
  • There will also be food stalls and other fun activities scattered both inside and outside the Cathedral, including opportunities to test drive eBikes, upcycled scooters (great for kids!), and electric cars. (Bring a re-usable cup and buy a barista-made coffee!)

WHERE? Wellington Cathedral of St Paul. Start planning your transport now—you can reduce transport emissions and spend time with others in your parish community by carpooling or catching a train together. Map


  • You can park in the carpark at rear of Cathedral, behind the bus stop on Molesworth (except for the spaces reserved with cones.)
  • Another option is the Collina Terrace carpark. The entrance is off Molesworth Street, behind the Cathedral, to the left (just beyond the row of shops/Nudel and before the Red Cross/Hawkestone Street turnoff.) In the very back of the lot, the Cathedral owns about 20 carparks marked “Car-e Park,” which you may use for free. Other spots are reserved and not available for use. Also in this area, the slightly raised, white pavement “Pay & Display” section contains some spots you might be able to use—with consideration for the instructions/signage.
  • There is plenty of street parking available in Thorndon— however many parking spots have a two-hour time limit. Also, beware of spots reserved for residential parking.
  • The Loaves and Fishes carpark will not be available until 1pm (due to the Hill St Farmers’ Market). You may park there after the carpark empties.

COST? The event is free, but you may want to bring some cash to donate to local initiatives and for purchasing food (reasonably priced).

REGISTRATION? None required! Just come on the 5th!



10.00am | Opening Session: Worship, Prayer, and Learning with Bishop Justin

10.30am | Engage with Main Space Booths OR enjoy food and activities outside OR check out one of these breakout session options:

  • Child Poverty,  The Pitfalls of Focusing on ‘Vulnerable Children’ and ‘Child Poverty’ – is there a better way?, Information Workshop with Michelle Wanwimolruk
  • Transformation, Letting God Reach Us When Life Is At Its Hardest: Practical Tips for a Rough Journey, Information Workshop with Tricia Hendry
  • Climate Change, Conversation & Coffee with Rod Oram, Chris Fraser, and others
  • Our Transforming God, Contemplation & Tea

11.00am | Anglican Studies Graduation + Worship, Prayer, and Learning with Rev Tric Malcolm

11.40am | Engage with Main Space Booths OR enjoy food and activities outside OR check out one of these breakout session options:

  • Reducing Carbon Emissions, Information Workshop with Rod Oram
  • Child Poverty: Understanding the Nature of Deprivation in the Current NZ Context, Information Workshop with Jonathan Boston
  • Child Poverty, Conversation & Coffee with Rev Tric Malcolm
  • Our Transforming God, Contemplation & Tea with Rev Jean Malcolm

12.20pm | EfM Graduation + Worship, Prayer, and Learning with Rod Oram

12.50pm | Engage with Main Space Booths OR enjoy food and activities outside OR check out one of these breakout session options:

  • Transformation, Information Workshop
  • A Just Christmas? Or Just Seasonal Consumerism?, Information Workshop with Chris Frazer
  • Transformation, Conversation & Coffee
  • Child Poverty, Contemplation & Tea

1.30pm | Closing Session: 3DM Graduation + Worship and Prayer

2.00pm (BONUS TIME) | Film Screening of Tātarakihi: The Children of Parihaka. (See above note under “When?” for details.)