The Taranaki Province from Mokau in the north of Hawera in the south. Taranaki Monthly Meeting was established as from 1 January 2018. Prior to that the Taranaki Worship Group was attached to the Whanganui and Taranaki Monthly Meeting.
Monthly Business meetings:
Monthly Meeting is at 11.15am on the 1st Sunday (except January) following Meeting for Worship at 10am and morning tea.
Monthly Meeeting is usually held in the clerk's home or another Friend. Contact the Clerk for confirmation.
Weekly Meetings for Worship and fellowship
Taranaki Friends meet in each other's homes at 10am on Sundays for morning tea, fellowship and silent worship.
The first and third Sundays are usually in New Plymouth.
The second Sunday in the month is our Quaker Circle which is an outreach to new comers. The meeting is held at a public venue in the Literacy Aoteroa Rooms, 99 Liadaet Street in the CBD.
The fourth Sunday is usually held south of New Plymouth in Inglewood or Tariki or Stratford.
When there is a fifth Sunday it is often held in Waitara.
Clerk: 06-758-0216 or text 027-295-0435.
Online meetings during the lockdown:
During any future national lockdown to combact COVID-19 pandemic, all our Quaker meetings will be held electronically using Zoom (or your phone on speaker).
Sunday meetings during lockdown were 45 minutes and started at 10.30am every week.
LInk to the meeting: contact the clerk for the Zoom link . Email TN.firstname.lastname@example.org
The format for the online Quaker Circle meetings is as follows:
- Join the meeting with your video and sound turned on and open the chat window for any messages if the sound goes off
- Meet and greet period of 5-10 minutes
- Cameras are turned off and micrphone muted (names still show who is present and you can still hear what others say)
- One member reads a preselected reading
- Meeting for Worship follows (20 minutes): a member who wishes to give ministry will turn on the microphone to speak and off again once finished.
- At the end of the silent meeting, members can turn their videos back on and each member has one turn to comment on the reading or voice thoughts which it stimulated. Contributions should be succint and not lead to general discussion.
- The meeting will conclude at 44 minutes as the free Zoom session ends at 45 minutes exactly.
Quaker Action Network Discussion Group:
A monthly discussion group on topics of interest to members was a new activity for 2019. It was held in Waitara during the week at times to be advised. Contact Anne for details 021-211-9489.
During COVID-19 Lockdown discussion was held weekly via Zoom.
During 2020 the group became more proactive on |Maori Wards and environmental action.
Spiritual Nurture Group
In 2020 we began a Spiritual Nurture group. From August it is based on a Woodbrooke online course.
Contact the clerk for more details and to join.
Quaker Circle for the Quaker Curious:
A Quaker Circle is an outreach meeting held on 2nd Sundays of the month in New Plymouth. New comers are especially welcome. The venue is the Adult Literacy Society Rooms also called Aoteroa Literacy (corner of Liardet and Lemon Streets) CBD New Plymouth. It starts with morning tea and an introduction to Quakers for new comers and fellowship with in the circle, followed by Quaker Silence and sharing. No need to ring, just come along. Off-street parking is available (the driveway is on the corner of Liardet St and Pendarves Ave).
A Stratford Quaker Circle meets every 4th Sunday in a private home.
Over the new Year in 2016-17 and again in 2018-19, Quakers in Taranaki hosted the Summer Gathering of Friends for 7 days at Vertical Horizon, Inglewood. 140 Friends aged between 10 months and 93 years from all over New Zealand and also visitors from Canada, USA and the UK enjoyed a varied programme of talks, discussions, activities, music, dancing and walks.
We celebrate World Quaker Day on October 6
- 2018 we celebrated with a Quaker Chocolate cake and morning tea and then gave donations of homebaking and produce to the New Plymouth Mens Overnight Shelter.
- 2019 we enjoyed morning tea and a visitor from \richmond Meeting in the UK, Mary Russell. To support the theme of sustainability, we launched a project to grow native trees from found seedlings to plant out at a later date.
Taranaki was originally part of the Wellington Six Monthly Meeting covering the lower North Island and later the Wellington Monthly Meeting which formed in 1912. From 1932 to 2017 Taranaki was part of the Whanganui-Taranaki Monthly Meeting, for many years as a Recognised Meeting but in the last decades operating mostly as a Worship Group. In the summer of 2016-17 Taranaki Friends hosted Summer Gathering which brought our isolated group closer to other Friends from all over New Zealand. During 2017 Taranaki Quakers held a series of workshops to learn about the structure of the Society in New Zealand and to discern how we wished to participate in the future. For various reasons, including environmental concerns about fossil fuel use to attend Monthly Meetings in Whanganui a two hour drive away, we decided that it was time to step up and play a full part in the Society by taking on the responsibility of becoming a monthly meeting serving Taranaki members. Correspondingly we put our request to the December Monthy Meeting in Whanganui who agreed with the formation of two new monthly meetings. This was approved by Yearly Meeting in early 2018 to be effective from 1 January 2018. Our first projects were to begin an Outreach programme by hiring a public venue at the Adult Literacy Rooms in Liardet Street, New PLymouth for an advertised monthly public meeting; and to host the 2018-19 Summer Gathering in Inglewood, Taranaki.