With a total weight of almost a tonne and measuring more than 30 linear metres, a precious collection of documents, books, magazines, audio-visual items and photographs that tell the story of the Lutheran Church of New Zealand across 180 years were officially ‘welcomed’ to Lutheran Archives.
Three plastic-wrapped pallets sit in a Wellington loading dock. Not much to see here. But this 945-kilogram load holds taonga (treasure), both historical and spiritual – sacred even. This is the archive of the Lutheran Church of New Zealand, bound for Lutheran Archives in Adelaide.
Two weeks after a massive rain and flooding event caused devastation in northern Aotearoa–New Zealand, Cyclone Gabrielle has this week hit the same areas of our North Island, leaving a trail of destruction.
As people in parts of Aotearoa–New Zealand face the devastating aftermath of deadly floods there late last month, Bishop Mark Whitfield has invited all members of the LCANZ to join him in prayer for ‘those members of your whānau (family) who are suffering’.