A long and rich history in South East Auckland

Our History

A long and rich history in South East Auckland.

The presence of the Presbyterian Church in the Clevedon area dates back to the 1850’s with the arrival of Scottish settlers and the ministry of the Rev Thomas Norrie.

Over the years the church established schools and libraries in the area and was supported by the predominantly farming communities that spread through the area south east of Auckland.

The main tribal group around Clevedon during the colonial period has been Ngai Tai. While there are records of some early conflict, the overwhelming stories are of Maori support and hospitality toward the early pakeha settlers along with significant trade and commerce between the groups.

More recently many farms have been subdivided into smaller blocks for farming lifestyle blocks, some of which support News Zealand’s Polo and equine industries.

Presbyterian Church’s ministry is led by our current minister Martin Baker.  Under Martin’s leadership the church has focused in being a place of welcome and hospitality where the Gospel-inspired commitment to expressing God’s love and Christ’s service has been central qualities of its mission and ministry.

The Church at Clevedon runs an early Childhood Centre as well as supporting significant community-focused ministries supporting children, young people, families, adults and older people.

At Kawakawa Bay and Orere Point the church’s community work and ministry is based from ‘The Cottage’ at Kawakawa Bay.

St Aidan's in Takanini joined our family of churches in 2021. Through the sharing of resources and leadership, we have witnessed the growth of a thriving and growing community that supports the ministry of the Rev Bruce Graham.

The church takes seriously its commitment to be a place where anyone can belong, and welcomes people from a diversity of backgrounds, faith journeys and lifestyles. While Biblical teaching,  Christian discipleship and a passion to follow the way of Jesus, are core to its ministry, the church welcomes people with a diversity of views about Christian faith and doctrine.

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