Methodist Church of New Zealand

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The Methodist Church of New ZealandTe Hahi Weteriana O Aotearoa is a Methodist denomination headquartered in Christchurch, New Zealand. It is a member of the World Council of Churches.[1] This Methodist denomination is supportive of women ministers and clergy in same-sex unions.[2] In 2013, when same-sex marriage was legalized in New Zealand, congregations that opted to do so were able to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies.[3]

Percy Paris became president of the Methodist conference in 1938.[4] The Methodist Church of New Zealand has an estimated 18,548 members.[5]

Ecumenical relations[edit]

The Methodist Church of New Zealand is a member of Christian Conference of Asia.


  1. ^ Methodist Church of New Zealand, World Council of Churches.
  2. ^ "Civil Union Zealand Methodist Same-sex marriage". Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  3. ^ "Gay Marriage Coming to the Bay". Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  4. ^ Clements, Kevin P. "Percy Reginald Paris". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  5. ^ "Methodist Church of New Zealand — World Council of Churches". Retrieved 2016-04-12. 

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