We are enormously excited to invite you to Passionfest 2014, 21st to 23rd of February.

Passionfest is a symposium of people passionate about social justice, compassion and community-work centred around Jesus. 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. Our theme this year is ‘Radical Roots’. We’re going to get together and share the beautiful history of our faith, the authentic gospel story of Aotearoa, and our own stories of where we’ve come from as communities and individuals. The full programme is now available. Passionfest is held at Ngatiawa River Monastery at 8 Terrace Road in the Reikorangi Valley just outside of Waikanae.

Cat Noakes-Duncan

Cat’s journey into community life began at 18 in Central Wellington working with women on the streets. For the past few years she has been based in Dunedin with her husband and two children but has recently returned and is now based in Naenae. Cat is a passionate and outspoken advocate for mission, social justice and those on the margins.

James Harris

James’ history with a radical expression began as a youth worker for Zeal in West Auckland. Here he encountered the struggles of homeless young people and set up a community home as a place of hospitality and belonging for those on the margins. More recently James got married to an Aussie girl named Jenna and shipped off as social workers to the Australian government’s refugee camp on Nauru. In this context they seek to be a voice of hope and compassion to people with no home.

Graham Cameron

Ko Takitimu te waka, ko Mauao te maunga, ko Te Awanui te moana, ko Waikaraka te awa, nō te Pirirākau ahau, tēnā koutou katoa. I live with my wife and four tamariki in Merivale, Tauranga. We spend a lot of time at Poututerangi Marae, our kura and our kōhanga reo, as well as in our local community. I’ve studied sociology, Māori studies and theology, but most of that didn’t really help much.

Mark Johnson

Mark has spent years sharing a Gospel of Hope and Reconciliation all over the world. From Hippie gatherings in forests to Trance parties in India, and eventually establishing an alternative Church called 'The Salvage Yard' for punks and others on the fringes in Minneapolis. Mark is a down-to-earth guy with a passion to care for those on the edge of society and has a tonne of great stories to tell about his journey with Jesus. Currently he is the Chaplain at Victoria University in Wellington and lives not far from Ngatiawa.

Other Special Guests:

Joel McKerrow: Australian spoken-word artist passionate about the role of the artist as prophet.
Mark & Mary Hurst: Pastors with the Anabaptist Association of Australia and passionate about conflict resolution.
Download the full programme here

This year we’ve tried to make it easier than ever for everyone to come. However, 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. This year ticketing is provided 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 17)
$80 - Individual
$105 - Family
$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.