Dear First Church folk,
I trust you are all enjoying some fine warm weather this February. It’s been a welcome relief after a very average and often stormy December and January. My time away in Auckland and Northland involved soaking up the heat and sunshine with family at beach picnics as well as during opportunities for fishing. Although the summer temperatures can be a bit too much for some folk, the majority of locals and ourists I’ve spoken with are happy for it to continue a bit longer.
February in Dunedin also means “O Week” and the influx of tertiary students. The city is “buzzing” again with masses of students organizing their courses, accommodation, and social activities. I had the privilege of leading a blessing for the Pacific Welcome of the Division of Health Sciences. It was attended by Otago University dignitaries, new and returning students, their parents, and community leaders such as MPs David Clark and Jenny Salesa. The occasion was a wonderful opportunity to hear words of encouragement from graduates and to appreciate the aspirations of current students. Our connections with higher learning institutions such as the University of Otago and the Otago Polytechnic are important to affirm through events as these. Read the rest of this entry »
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