News Releases

Renamed Tauranga Park Honours Mormon Missionary Who Loved Maori People and Language

News Release — 12 FEBRUARY 2016

In 1914, 17-year-old Mormon missionary, Matthew Cowley, would go to a Tauranga park at 6am to pray, fast, read the scriptures, and study the Maori language. 

Church and Government Representatives Discuss Ways to Increase Self-Reliance in Fiji

Blog Post — 12 FEBRUARY 2016

Maria Senikuraciri is one of several individuals benefiting from the services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Self Reliance Centre in Suva, Fiji.

Hamilton Couple Helps Young People Achieve Education and Career Goals

Blog Post — 12 FEBRUARY 2016

Hamilton couple, Rachel and Clive Bourne, enjoy helping young people focus on setting and achieving education and training goals. 

Former Missionary Talks About Returning to The Australian Ballet Company

Blog Post — 10 FEBRUARY 2016

"Having achieved a major life goal, such as joining The Australian Ballet’s corps de ballet, there aren’t many people who would then turn around and ask for two years off in order to follow another passion. But that’s exactly what dancer Jake Mangakahia did, in order to honour his commitment to his faith."

American Journalism Student 'Comes Home' to New Zealand

Blog Post — 9 FEBRUARY 2016

For Brigham Young University (BYU) journalism student, Caitlin Kingi, coming to New Zealand for a three-month education visit is exciting for two reasons.

From Australia Mormon Newsroom

Australian Woman Enters One Million Names into Global Genealogical Database  

News Release — 9 FEBRUARY 2016

Irene Deans, 92, is a one in a million. In fact, recently, the devoted family history enthusiast completed the indexing of one million genealogical names into, enabling people around the world to more easily find information about their ancestors. 

From Mormon Newsroom (Salt Lake City)

Church Missionary Department Explains Approach to Zika Virus

News Release — 9 FEBRUARY 2016

In recent weeks, general public concern over the spread of the Zika virus has prompted some questions about the Church’s approach to protect its missionaries. In the following interview, Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer, assistant executive director in the Church’s Missionary Department, discusses the issue.

Catholic and Latter-day Saint Leaders Discuss Religious Freedom in Tonga

News Release — 8 FEBRUARY 2016

Elder Aisake Tukuafu, a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, met with His Eminence Cardinal Soane Patita Paini MafI last week in Nuku’alofa.

Astronaut and NASA Engineer Inspire Mormon Youth

News Release — 4 FEBRUARY 2016

Brothers Edward and Liam Boxall, two aspiring airline pilots studying aviation at Massey University, received a boost of encouragement from NASA space experts in Palmerston North last weekend. 

Hamilton Mormons Make Most of Apostle's Unplanned Visit

Blog Post — 3 FEBRUARY 2016

Runway issues at the Vanuatu airport created the opportunity for Elder D. Todd Christofferson, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to make an unplanned visit to Hamilton, New Zealand this past weekend.