Nau mai, Haere Mai

We are delighted to confirm that Connect 2019 will be on our church marae and at the adjacent Ohope Christian Camp at Ohope Beach, 4pm 19 July – 2pm 21 July 2019.

Staying on our marae will be an amazing shared experience for us, and on top
of the usual Connect experience, we will grow our understanding of our churches
bi-cultural commitment.

This years theme is  Whakakotahitanga: Gathering as one people 

And here is the latest Connect Participant Information



17:00Wahi mahi te toru – Workshop slot #3

Friday – Ramere

1415 Bus departs Tauranga Airport
1400-16:00 Rahitia – Registration/social time, board games etc
16:00 Powhiri
18:00 Kai o te po –  Dinner
19:00 Nga mahi – Duties
19:30 Te hui matua me Kai hapa – Worship, communion and keynote (James Beck)
21:15 Hapa – Supper 

Saturday – Rahoroi

07:30 Parakuihi – Breakfast and Intentional conversations #1
830am Nga mahi – Duties
900 He hui matua – Worship and keynote (Te Aka Puaho)
10:30 Kai o te ata me Rōpu tauira- Morning tea and discipleship groups – Faith Focus
11:30 Wahi mahi te tahi – Workshop Slot #1
12:30 Kai o te tina – Lunch
13:30 Wahi mahi te rua- Workshop slot #2
14:30 Wāwhakana – Free time Options
15:30 Kai o te ahiahi
17:00 Wahi mahi Tuatoru – Workshop slot #3 
18:00 Kai o te po – Dinner – Hangi
19:30 Te hui matua – Worship and keynote  (James Back)
20:45 Hapa – Supper 
21:00 Rōpu tauira – Discipleship groups  – Community Focus
Wāwhakana – Free time options

Sunday Ratapu

07:30 Parakuihi – Breakfast and Intentional conversations #2
09:00 Te hui matua -Worship, Keynote and Prayer Mosaic (Sala Tiatia)
10:30 Kai o te ata me rōpu tauira – Morning tea and discipleship groups – Mission Focus
11:30 Komutu nga mahi – Pack up clean up
12:00 Kai o te tina – Lunch and poroporoaki
14:00 Haere ra – Depart



Free shuttle bus service from Tauranga

For those of you flying we will have a free shuttle bus service departing Tauranga airport at 2:15PM on Friday, 19 July and returning back to the airport at 4:15 PM on Sunday, 21 July. [Registration Closed]

Busing to Connect

For North Islanders and all those who want to fly in early to Auckland airport busing is a great option for this year. Chances are you can get a return bus fare from Auckland to Tauranga for under $50! You may need to leave quite early in the morning but at least you can sleep on the way!

For bus timetables and price options go to

We will offer a free shuttle bus departing Tauranga Bus Depot travelling to Ohope Marae at 1:30 PM on Friday, 19 July and returning to Tauranga at 4:45 PM on Sunday, 21 July. [Registration Closed]


Can I catch a bus from Wellington?

Unfortunately the bus service from Wellington arrives too late in the day for you to make our already later than usual start to connect with a formal welcoming onto Ohope Marae at 4 PM☹.

Please make being on time a priority

This year it is especially important that you do all you can to be on time for the 4 PM kick off of connect on Friday, 19 July, this is because we will be formally welcomed onto our church marae with a powhiri at this time and it is important that all visitors must be formally welcomed.

Southern Presbytery Reimbursement

For participants flying from the South Island, we have 20 reimbursements on offer. To receive a $80 reimbursement

  1. Send the email confirmation of your flight to before 15 May.


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Connect is:


This year we will have 4 keynotes and over 30 theoretical, theological and practical workshops. Each session is led by someone who researches it, teaches it or lives it.


Meet new friends and rediscover old ones. You’ll find opportunities to share about your life and your ministry, and to connect with others.


We are going to be blessed through the Connect worship team who will provide an awesome worship environment and opportunities to nurture the soul.


Along with the resources being provided through the workshops, you can visit the Youth MInistry Exhibition, the PYM youth library, the multimedia library, the bookstore and the ResourceMe stand.

“What an amazing event that provides so much! This felt like being spoilt, trained, counselled, listened to, taught, refined, discipled, cleansed and more!”

– Connect 2015 participant –