New Zealand

Renowned for its stunning natural beauty, New Zealand is a haven for tourists. Sadly, evangelical church attendance is in steady decline, even as the country struggles with issues of suicide, domestic violence, and high rates of cancer.

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Famous for its incredible natural beauty, New Zealand is a haven for tourists and backpackers alike. Whether it’s climbing the snow-capped mountains or glaciers, surfing on the West coast, going up Auckland’s Sky Tower, bungee-jumping, or hiking through the huge forests – New Zealand has so much to offer. It’s understandable why the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed here.

Nestled in the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand’s nearest neighbours are Australia and several of the Pacific Island nations such as Fiji, Tonga and New Caledonia. Population statistics show that the largest people groups are European (67.6%), Maori (14.6%), Asian (9.2%) and Pacific Islanders (6.9%).

The country enjoys a democratic voting system, whereby a political party is elected to govern for a period of 3 years, with a Prime Minister at its head. 

New Zealand has traditionally been a very strong missionary sending country, with Operation World stating that "New Zealand consistently commissions a higher ratio of its church members as missionaries than the vast majority of countries". 18.2 % of New Zealanders would claim to be evangelical Christians, but church attendance has been steadily declining. More than 40% of people now claim to be “non-religious”.  New Zealand has a lot of social problems, such as suicide, domestic violence and abuse, and scores highly on international scales of obesity and cancer rates.


OM New Zealand was established in 1986, principally as a sending office. Our office is located in Manukau, in the south of New Zealand’s largest city Auckland.

We currently have 3 main emphases:

  • To equip, send and care for Kiwis overseas on short and long term missions
  • To mentor young people in our “Off The Grid” programme (previously known as TEA) in NZ
  • To resource the NZ church in mission

We are looking to develop further ministries within New Zealand.

If you would like more information, or want to be involved in any way, please contact us at: +64 (0)9 9280802, [email protected] or take a look at our website:

Pray for New Zealand

Thank You, Father, for the earthly paradise of New Zealand, rich in nature and culture. Thank You for the large number of missionaries sent from New Zealand. We pray for the church to reach out to their own nation and show them how beautiful You created life to be, to change lives and communities and so reduce social problems like domestic violence, suicide and health problems.

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