Nau Mai, Haere Mai!

We invite you to join us for Passionfest Peace Festival 2017.

This year's festival runs over four days from the 3rd to the 6th of February (Waitangi Weekend) with the theme of reconciliation. Reconciliation for our nation, reconciliation for our neighbourhoods, reconciliation to God and reconciliation to our world. 

We will shortly be announcing speakers from throughout Aotearoa with an amazing history of activism and advocacy in reconciliation on both a local and global scale. We invite you to join us to dream of a world where the peace and redeeming love and justice of God breaks through to transform communities and nations. 

Accommodation is by tenting only. Your registration fee includes all meals. Passionfest is held at Ngatiawa River Monastery at 82 Terrace Road in the Reikorangi Valley just outside of Waikanae.





Ngatiawa River Monastery
82 Terrace Road
Reikorangi Valley


Starts 5pm Feb 3, 2017
Ends 2pm, Feb 6, 2017


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Andrew Judd describes himself as a 'recovering racist'. It wasn't until he was elected Mayor of New Plymouth and asked to consult with local Maori that he realised that, although Maori are daily expected to walk in a Pakeha world, he had never taken the time to walk in theirs. This lead to Andrew successfully lobbying for Maori ward seats on the the NPDC which was subsequently overturned by Grey Power and a strong reaction from local New Plymouth residents. Andrew's commitment to reconciliation and justice saw him spat at and abused on the streets and ultimately resulted in him choosing not to run for the mayoralty due to the division it revealed in his community. In June 2016 Andrew lead a three-day Hikoi from New Plymouth District Council HQ to Parihaka with over 1,000 participants. Andrew has become a powerful voice of honesty, apology and reconciliation in his community. 



Bonnie Howland is the founder of Indigo & Iris, an ethical makeup company launching in 2017. Indigo & Iris will use 100% of profit to cure treatable blindness in the South Pacific. She has whakapapa to Ngāti Kahungunu through her father, and also comes from a family of Pākehā who have been in New Zealand for many generations with roots to the Isle of Man. She has begun a journey of discovering this identity, whakapapa and culture. Healing the relationship between Pakehatanga and Maoritanga within herself. We are excited to hear Bonnie share this powerful journey with us at Passionfest. 


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Gregory Fortuin grew up in South Africa at the time of apartheid. Attending a segregated coloured school, Gregory was exposed to apartheid in all it's ugliness and degradation. In 1998, Gregory was appointed by Nelson Mandela to the role of Honorary Consul to New Zealand and from 2001 to 2002 served as our Race Relations Conciliator, advocating for a nation of unity that embraces diversity. 

Gregory currently serves as the National Director of Education and Employment for the Salvation Army and is also heavily involved in community issues across New Zealand. He is the founding chair of the Youth Suicide Awareness Trust, as well as current chair of AmanahNZ (ethical Kiwisaver scheme) and Prison Fellowship NZ. Gregory is also a member of the Royal New Zealand Police Commissioner's Cultural Advisory Board. 




Joel McKerrow is a writer, speaker, educator, community arts worker and one of Australia’s most successful internationally touring performance poets. Based out of Melbourne, Australia he is the Artist Ambassador for the aid and development organisation 'TEAR Australia' and was the co-founder of community arts organisation, 'The Centre for Poetics and Justice' (2010-2013). Joel also spends much of his time running poetry workshops within and other organisations around poetry, creativity, identity, social justice and spirituality.

Joel has been touring extensively throughout Australia and the world (USA, UK, Europe, NZ) over the last few years on the Global Poetics tour (2011), the Please Resist Me tour (2012), the Soles of Australia tour (2012), the One Foot in the Clay global tour (2012-13) and the These Wandering Feet tour (2013). Throughout this time he has performed alongside such poetry greats as Anis Mojgani, Shane Koyczan, Sarah Kay, Phil Kaye, Ken Arkind, Buddy Wakefield, Mahogany Brown, Jive Poetic, Carrie Rudzinski and Luka Lesson. 



Raised in a family who lived out their deep commitment to reconciliation, Hannah’s own life path has continued to walk out that same conviction.  Inspired by the World Christian Gathering on Indigenous Peoples - a movement she was raised in, Hannah is a co-founder of iEmergence International which operates in Canada and the Philippines, and Good Water – a gathering that nurtures a global Christian indigenous community of faith.  Hannah is Ngati Tuwahretoa, Whakatohea and Irish and lives with her 3 children, parents, grandmother and extended whanau in their whanau papakainga in Turangi, where their aspiration is to collectively restore traditional ways of being on ancestral lands within their hapu and iwi context.  Hannah works for The Parenting Place as a National Programme Coordinator and also admits to being a bit of a coffee snob.


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