We are enormously excited to invite you to Passionfest 2015, 20th to 22nd of February.

We invite you to join us for Passionfest 2015, a celebration of Jesus, Community & Justice. This little festival draws together hundreds of people from around New Zealand passionate about seeing their faith translate into transformation for their neighbours and local communities. Passionfest is the sum of what we all bring to it – our stories, our poems, our art, our dream and schemes, and our willingness to get stuck in and share hospitality with one another. This year we have brought together some great voices from New Zealand and beyond to challenge and inspire us.

Accommodation is by tenting only. Your registration fee includes all meals. Passionfest is held at Ngatiawa River Monastery at 81 Terrace Road in the Reikorangi Valley just outside of Waikanae.

Sarah Thompson

Sarah comes to us fro the Christian Peacemaker Teams in Chicago. She brings to Passionfest a huge range of experience in peace-making and non-violent resistance. Sarah has travelled widely, particularly with her work supporting feminist anti-war movements, and has a heart for transforming oppressive and violent cultures. She also holds a Masters of Divinity from the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and brings with her a dynamic activism grounded in sound theology.

Terrance Wallace

Originally from Chicago, Terrance is the head of the InZone project in Auckland. In 2011, Terrance saw the lack of high-quality education available to Maori and Pacific young people due to zoning restrictions. Working alongside the United Maori Mission, Terrance established a hostel which allowed 20 boys to move into zone and attend Auckland Grammar School. Terrance’s story is one of deep love for his community alongside the incredible provision of God to make it happen.

Brook Turner

Brook heads-up Zeal, a non-profit youth charity working with young people creatively in Auckland, Wellington and Hamilton. The Zeal story is an example of what can happen when grass-roots youth workers are supported by a national ambition for social-change. Brook is not afraid big goals, but maintains a missional DNA that is present throughout every aspect of Zeal and boils down to transformed individuals in local communities.

Don Tamihere

Rev Don Tamihere is a Maori Anglican Priest and Biblical Scholar. He is currently the Tumuaki (Dean) of Te Rau Theological College in Gisborne, and Ministry Educator for Te Hui Amorangi o Te Tairāwhiti. Happily married to Temukisa (Samoan), and proud father of Tiana (18), Danielle (15), and Ethan (13), Don's interests include family, ministry, community, music, travel, languages, and culture. "God loves young people, and He tends to call them first. If young people are willing to trust God's call, then there is no limit to what they can achieve."


Last year’s festival sold out so if you’d like the guarantee of making it along don’t take your chances at the gate. Booking before is way cheaper and helps the Passionfest team to make sure there’s plenty of food and facilities for everyone. Ticketing is available online. By doing this electronically we can lower our carbon-footprint and keep the event cheap by lowering the number of people needed to administrate Passionfest. Click here to register. If however, you would like to talk to a person rather than a machine, you can contact us at: passionfestnz@gmail.com


$70 - Early bird (before Jan 20)
$80 - Individual
$10 - Children (with parent/caregiver
$125 - Gate (keep in mind last year's event sold out)
Group of 10 individuals or more - 15% discount on your total cost

Passionfest is run by volunteers - and there's heaps you can do to make the festival happen. Watch this space for updated lists of help needed, or contact us to offer your skills.