Speakers included Shanan Halbert MP, Councillor Richard Hills and congregation members. Councillor Chris Darby and Kaipātiki Local Board deputy chair Danielle Grant also attended. Alexa Johnston read Psalm 100 and congregation members offered prayers of thanksgiving.
With reference to the season of Matariki, speakers acknowledged the long legacy of service by the former parishes in Northcote, Birkenhead, Birkdale, Beach Haven and Glenfield. Highlights were innovative community programmes and brave witness and ministry that took a stand on issues of social justice. Concluding words from Rev. Colin Gordon were a call to renewed action in the days ahead. Rev. Ron Lau’ese then led the entire gathering in grace to give thanks for kai.