The Bicultural Education Committee is made up of lay and ordained members with a passion for strengthening our links with Tikanga Māori, and incorporating Māori language and kawa in Tikanga Pākehā services. We believe that Te Tiriti O Waitangi is a foundational document for us as a nation and as a church, and that God’s mission of reconciliation and grace are shown when we work alongside our brothers and sisters in our three-tikanga church.
We hope the resources posted below will help you to craft exciting and culturally sensitive services, and give you a hint of the rich heritage Christianity has in Aotearoa, New Zealand. If you’d like to know more, please get in contact with the Bicultural Education Committee (via the Diocesan Office). Members are very happy to help answer questions and offer advice.
In all our work we are deeply grateful to our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Māori Anglican Diocese O Te Wai Pounamu. They too have a raft of resources and links that you might find helpful – http://www.waipounamu.org.nz
Please remember that people are the best resource when learning about language, culture and history, so don’t be shy about getting in touch with our friends at Te Hepara Pai (The Church of the Good Shepherd), 290 Ferry Rd, Phillipstown, Christchurch. They’d love to see you at a Sunday service.