National Conference & Oceania Regional Conference 2016


4-8 August 2016

Willow Park, Auckland

Thank-you to everyone who participated in what was a wonderful conference! 

Scroll down to see:

  • A summary of the event by Hannah Coombridge
  • Photos from the conference
  • Links to recorded talks from the event
  • Karakia & Waiata from Val Goold

Hannah Coombridge has summed up the event

"The 1st Oceania Regional Conference held in New Zealand on August 4th-8th 2016 was hosted by CMFNZ and ICMDA Oceania.  It was well attended with 200 delegates gathering in Auckland from around Australia and the Pacific region to learn from, encourage, and challenge one another about what it means to be ‘On The Way’ for Christ.

A Saline Process course was held as a pre-conference led by Dr Gάbor Gyõri from Hungary and our own Dr Glennis Mafi and RN Luke Stevenson.  This thought-provoking course explores how to be a witness of Jesus Christ in our healthcare workplaces leaving participating delegates eager to implement the helpful, honest, and practical ways in which they can better serve God daily in their practice.  The students also had a pre-conference event with time to hear from speakers and get to know one another.

During the main conference we heard from Dr N about her passion for serving and empowering the marginalised in our local and global societies which was both a challenge and an inspiration to many.  Our other keynote speaker, Dr Gάbor Gyõri, spoke about the calling to be salt and light in this world and putting our roots firmly in Christ.  Though familiar passages, many delegates remarked on the simple yet powerful and insightful exploration of these ideas through ‘thought-provoking metaphors which helped to create a visual image of the potential effects of dwindling Christian medical health professionals’.

With fantastic key-note speakers, rousing devotional times led by Val Goold from the book of Philippians and a plethora of seminars which left most wishing they could be in multiple places at once, it is suffice to say it was a wonderful weekend.  There was a very special celebration of our own Maori culture as well as a strong Pacific flavour which highlighted our interconnectedness both within New Zealand, and with our Pacific neighbours.

Overall, conference was a much appreciated opportunity to meet in fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ from different walks of life who are all striving towards the same goal.  May we continue to spur one another on as we seek to live a life worthy of the calling the LORD has placed upon us; His children."

We've received some lovely feedback:

  • 'A highlight of my year!'
  • 'Very glad I went this year, and sad we didn't encourage more friends to come.'
  • 'Thank you so much to the organisers for the tremendous effort!! I want to emphasise that overall this conference was excellent and that it was a privilege to have visiting speakers share with us.'
  • 'Was a very powerful and spiritually reflective time for me. Has renewed my desire to seek God more fully in my work incl. being salt & light in my work.'
  • 'All in all, it was my first CMF conference, and I loved it SOOOO much! Am truly grateful to God for leading me there, the messages I've heard and the relationships I've formed (even with the brothers and sisters from abroad) has given me so much joy! I look forward for the next.'
  • 'Thoroughly enjoyed - great spectrum covered in seminars, also overall powerful messages shared by keynotes and a great venue! Very blessed from this experience.'


Click on any thumbnail to view the full-size photo on our Facebook page, where you can also like or leave a comment. 

Willow Park Venue in the sunWelcomed with a HongWorshiping our CreatorKeynote Speaker Gabor GyoriVal Goold teaching from PhilippiansSharing lunch togetherFree time by the seaSun, trampolines & backflipsPNG delegates lead us in worshipVal shares her passion & biblical wisdomWe all made new connectionsComfort and conversationsLearning about world missionsGabor leads us in communionPost-ConferenceDelegates from around the pacific

Do you have any photos from conference we could add to this album?  
Please email them to [email protected] 


Click on any of the following recordings to download the MP3 file (~50mb each).
The quality of the recordings is variable, we hope you can still benefit from them!

Maori welcome

Prof John Whitehall opening address

Gάbor Gyõri > Keynote session 2 > Salt & Light - Being a Witness

Gάbor Gyõri > Keynote session 4 > God's plan with us - Afforestation

Val Goold > Teaching from Philippians > On The Way with Jesus

Val Goold > Teaching from Philippians > On The Way... Where?

Val Goold > Teaching from Philippians > On The Way with Others

Panel discussion - Opportunities & Challenges

Student Preconference > Rosalie Evans - Missions

Student Preconference > Philip Pattermore - Failed Missionary

Thanks once again to our amazing range of speakers, including those not listed here!

Having trouble listening to the talks?  Try this link to listen to the talks on and for more downloading options!

Nga Karakia me Nga Waiata

Karakia Timatanga

E te atua   Oh Lord  
Homai ki a matou   Give to us
Tou maramatanga   Your wisdom
Tou rangimarie   Your peace
Tou kaha   Your strength
Me tou aroha   And your love
Mo tenei ra   For this day
Ake, ake, ake, amine   Forever, amen


Wairua Tapu kuhu mai   Holy Spirit welcome 
Nau mai ki konei   You are welcome here 
Wairua Tapu arahia   Guide us Holy Spirit 
Korero mai ano   Speak to us again

Karakia Whakamutunga  (2 Corinthians 13:14)

Kia tau, ki a tatou katoa   For us all
Te atawhai o to tatou ariki a ihu karaiti    The grace of our Lord
Me te aroha o te atua   And the love of God
Me te whwhinga kotahitanga ki te wairua tapu   And fellowship in the Holy Spirit 
Ake, ake, ake,   Amine   Forever and ever,  Amen

Whakaria Mai   Waiata   (To the tune of How Great Thou Art)

Whakaria mai  Reveal, show
Tou Ripeka ki au  Your cross to me
Tiaho mai  ra roto i te po  Let it shine in the darkness
Hei kona au titiro atu ai  To it I will be looking
Ora, Mate hei au koe noho ai  In life, in death, I will rest in you 

Whakatauki   (Proverb)

Aroha mai   Love received
Aroha atu   Love given away


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