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Sunday 31st May 2020 Newsletter.

Church Council will meet this coming Tuesday 2 June 7pm in the Lounge to plan for a return to worship services at Grey Street and St Stephen’s Churches, starting 10am NEXT Sunday 7 June.

We will follow the current Alert Level 2 safety guidelines. This includes a contact-tracing register at the door, a limit of 100 people in each area of the church complex, and greeting one another without touching. Hugs and morning teas can resume when we get to Alert Level 1!  

Please continue to pray for all affected around the world by the Covid-19 pandemic.

31 MAY 2020 OCP NEWSLETTER

Rt Rev Fakaofo Kaio presents weekly online Sunday Devotions.  Go to: https://www.facebook.com/modpcanz/ at 9am. 

Keep up to date with our church through our Facebook Page also, Onehunga Cooperating Parish Facebook.


Sunday 24th May 2020 Newsletter.

COVID-19 update NZ is still in Alert Level 2. Indoor gatherings (including church worship services) are limited to just a handful of people.

Physical distancing and strict health measures still apply.

Until these restrictions are eased, normal church services, meetings and activities cannot resume yet.

Please continue to pray for all affected around the world by the Covid-19 pandemic.

24 MAY 2020 OCP NEWSLETTER

Rt Rev Fakaofo Kaio presents weekly online Sunday Devotions.  Go to: https://www.facebook.com/modpcanz/ at 9am. 

Keep up to date with our church through our Facebook Page also, Onehunga Cooperating Parish Facebook.


Sunday 17th May 2020 Newsletter.

COVID-19 update NZ is now in Alert Level 2 for at least two weeks. This means that gatherings (including church worship services) are restricted to a maximum of ten people.

Physical distancing and strict health measures still apply. Regular washing and drying of hands, and careful cleaning of all venues are still essential.

This means that normal church services, meetings and activities cannot resume yet.

Please continue to pray for all affected around the world by the Covid-19 pandemic.

17 MAY 2020 OCP NEWSLETTER

Rt Rev Fakaofo Kaio presents weekly online Sunday Devotions.  Go to: https://www.facebook.com/modpcanz/ at 9am. 

Keep up to date with our church through our Facebook Page also, Onehunga Cooperating Parish Facebook.


Sunday 10th May 2020 Newsletter.

Happy Mother’s Day This day we give thanks for all our mothers and try to do something special to honour them. “Mother” is God’s plan for humanity – for human life to be carried, born, nurtured and reared. It is a plan patterned in love since the beginning of creation..” Rt Rev Fakaofo Kaio (PCANZ Moderator)

COVID-19 update NZ will be told this coming Monday if we remain at Alert Level 3 or change to Level 2. We will be guided by the NZ Government and our national church authorities on when we can safely meet again for worship. There is no doubt that “lockdown” and strict health guidelines for the past weeks have saved many NZ lives. Please continue to pray for all affected by Covid-19 worldwide.

10 MAY 2020 OCP NEWSLETTER

Rt Rev Fakaofo Kaio presents weekly online Sunday Devotions.  Go to: https://www.facebook.com/modpcanz/ at 9am. 

Keep up to date with our church through our Facebook Page also, Onehunga Cooperating Parish Facebook.


Sunday 3rd May 2020 Newsletter.

COVID-19 update NZ is at Alert Level 3 for at least another week. We must still stay at home unless we are in “essential” work which cannot be done online. Schools are open for those who cannot learn from home. We must continue to wash our hands regularly, keep two metres away from all outside our “bubble.”

Sadly, joining in church worship together is still some way off. Our grateful thanks to Rt Rev Fakaofo Kaio who continues with his much appreciated “devotions” online each Sunday morning. Also to Rev Kaurasi Lagi and our Associate Ministers for their contributions to this Newsletter.

Please continue to keep in touch with your church friends by phone or email.

Sunday 3 May Bible Readings Psalm 23, Acts 2: 42-47, 1st Peter 2: 19-25, Gospel of John 10: 1-10

3 MAY 2020 OCP NEWSLETTER

Rt Rev Fakaofo Kaio presents weekly online Sunday Devotions.  Go to: https://www.facebook.com/modpcanz/ at 9am. 

Keep up to date with our church through our Facebook Page also, Onehunga Cooperating Parish Facebook.


Sunday 26th April 2020 Newsletter.

COVID-19 update NZ moves to Alert Level 3 this Tuesday for at least two weeks. We must still stay at home unless we are in “essential” work which cannot be done online. Schools will reopen for those who cannot learn from home. We must continue to wash our hands regularly, keep two metres away from all outside our “bubble” and only drive to the local supermarket or chemist. Takeaway meals can be ordered and picked up without face-to-face contact. Sadly, joining in church worship together is still some way off. Our grateful thanks to Rt Rev Fakaofo Kaio who continues with his much appreciated “devotions” online each Sunday morning. Also to Rev Kaurasi Lagi and our Associate Ministers for their contributions to this Newsletter. Please continue to keep in touch with your church friends by phone or email.

26 APRIL 2020 OCP NEWSLETTER

A reminder for those with internet access: Rt Rev Fakaofo Kaio presents weekly online Sunday Devotions…

Go to: https://www.facebook.com/modpcanz/ at 9am. 

Keep up to date with our church through our Facebook Page also, Onehunga Cooperating Parish Facebook.


Sunday 19th April 2020 Newsletter

Welcome to our fourth online Newsletter.  Again,  all our OCP worship services, activities and meetings have been either postponed or cancelled until further notice. With Alert Level 4 for COVID-19 pandemic continuing, we all must STAY AT HOME.

19 APRIL 2020 OCP NEWSLETTER

A reminder for those with internet access: Rt Rev Fakaofo Kaio presents weekly online Sunday Devotions…

Go to: https://www.facebook.com/modpcanz/ at 9am. 

Keep up to date with our church through our Facebook Page also, Onehunga Cooperating Parish Facebook.


Sunday 12th April 2020 Newsletter

Welcome to our third online Newsletter. All our OCP worship services, activities and meetings have been either postponed or cancelled until further notice. With Alert Level 4 for COVID-19 pandemic continuing, we all must STAY AT HOME. Church services, activities and meetings will resume only when we get the “all clear” from the NZ Government, authorised by our national church bodies and confirmed by our OCP church ministers.      

12 April 2020 Easter Day – Onehunga Cooperating Parish Newsletter

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Sunday 5th April 2020 Newsletter

“Dear Church Family, do not let Coronavirus (Covid-19) get you down. Follow the Government guidelines. Isolation is crucial as we combat this intrusive, uninvited virus together. It is a good time for quality family time in your home and for your own care.” In our Parish Elder’s words: Stay home. Stay safe. Stay positive. Stay prayerful. Blessings! All our love and prayers.  Rt Rev Fakaofo Kaio          

Onehunga Cooperating Parish Newsletter 5 APRIL 2020

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Sunday 29th March 2020 Newsletter

“To all our dear folks at Onehunga Co-operating Parish, please look after yourselves, and also take care of your loved ones. These are strange and difficult times. It is something that we have never experienced before in our lifetimes” Rt Rev Fakaofo Kaio

29 March 2020 Onehunga Cooperating Parish Newsletter

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October 2017

Congratulations Right Rev Fakaofo Kaio: Today the Presbyterian Church issued a national media release on Rev Fakaofo Kaio, our PCANZ Moderator 2018-2020, read it here http://www.presbyterian.org.nz/presbyterian-church-elects-pasifika-leader-as-moderator-2018-2020

“The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand has elected the Rev Taimoanaifakaofo (Fakaofo) Kaio as its future leader.

He will take up the role of Moderator from 3 October 2018 at the Presbyterian Church’s General Assembly to be held at St Andrew’s College in Christchurch.

The Presbyterian Church elects a new person as its leader every two years, and the Church has called on Fakaofo to take up the role from 2018 to 2020.

Fakaofo is honoured and humbled to have been elected to lead the Church.

Fakaofo says the Church like NZ society is increasingly multicultural and cross-cultural and that ministry must reach out and form the kinds of one-on-one relationships that respond to different but similar deep life experiences.

He says the Church is about relationship – forming them and nurturing them. “It is the place where we can share our similarities; we have all faced need and strife. Church is where we can make connections and support one another in our faith journey, make life a little less hard for each other. I believe our Church to be full of people with a giving pastoral heart to help.”

Fakaofo says his background is in ministering to a congregation. “The entire diverse Presbyterian Church will soon be my congregation and I am ready to respond to what they ask of me.”

Fakaofo’s Samoan parents were missionaries with the London Missionary Society in Tokelau. He is named after the Tokelau island of Fakaofo where he was born. Tokelauan is the first of his five languages. He attended school in Auckland and later moved to Wellington where he was an elder and lay preacher at Porirua Pacific Islanders Church of Christ The King.

Fakaofo studied for ministry at the Knox Theological College from 1992. After completing his training in 1994, he ministered at St Margaret, Belmont, North Shore until 2005. He then ministered at Onehunga Cooperating Parish where he still serves today.

Fakaofo served as the Moderator of the North Shore Presbytery in 2001, and he was the first Moderator of the Northern Presbytery from 2011 to 2012.

He has served the wider Presbyterian Church as its representative at many ecumenical assemblies and consultations held in the Pacific, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean.

In his youth Fakaofo was a keen sportsman and played Wellington Rugby League premier grade for 12 years.

Fakaofo is married to Ruth and they have two adult daughters, two adult sons and one grandson.”

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April 2017

Every Easter an Auckland church feeds the multitude with loaves and fishes – à la Jesus – at a massive feast held on an indoor basketball court.

Men of Onehunga’s Co-operative Parish head out fishing at dawn on Saturday, while the women folk bake bread in their home kitchens.

Then on the eve of Easter Sunday more than 100 parishioners flock in floral finery – for this is a mainly Pacific Islander congregation – to share the simple two-food meal and each others’ company.

“Getting all these Cook Islanders, Samoans, Niueans, Tongans working together is at the heart of the event,” said Reverend Fakaofo Kaio, initiator of the church’s “ministry of fishing”.  Read more