We can't wait to see you at Passionfest Peace Festival: April 22-26, 2016

We invite you to join us for Passionfest 2016. This year we have moved the festival to be a day longer and to coincide with Anzac Weekend. We think it is important that the peacemaking message of Jesus stand up alongside the prevailing narratives of fear and violence that can often rise at this time of year. Christ called us to hospitality over hostility, love over hate and peace over violence. This year's festival will feature four streams: Peace Within, Peace In Our Neighbourhoods, Peace in Our Nation and Peace In Our World. We would love you to join 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.


Matt is from Sydney and is the founder of the Love Makes A Way sit-ins and non-violent action held in response to Australia’s current policy of indefinite detention of asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island. The Love Makes A Way movement has been key in awakening many to the realities of life in detention for refugees. Alongside this, Matt is an educator for TEAR Australia and a member of Hope Uniting Church. He is a PhD student at Charles Sturt University, researching the prophetic vocation of Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel.


Henare and his wife Pam have fostered over 200 children over two decades in the Hastings suburb of Flaxmere. Henare is a Hastings District Councillor, a Flaxmere Marae Kaumatua and was the principal organiser of the ‘Enough Is Enough’ anti violence Hikoi. Henare has also established Tunutunu, a mobile community barbecue and says with a chuckle, “We are claiming our community and our children back, one sausage at a time."


Chris is a researcher who focuses on restorative justice theory and practice, and its many applications in society. He also has a strong interest in conflict resolution and peacemaking. A theological giant, Chris has focused strongly on the biblical and spiritual roots of the restorative justice vision.


Cat Noakes-Duncan is a long-time passionate worker for justice and transformation in her community. Beginning in Central Wellington, Cat is now based with Urban Vision’s Naenae team. She is also an epic mum to her three kids alongside her husband Tom. Cat has a no-bullshit passionate approach to peacemaking and was a real hit at Passionfest a few years ago.


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


$80 - Early bird (before March 25th)
$100 - Individual
$10 - Children (with parent/caregiver
$130 - Gate (keep in mind that passionfest does sell 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.