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Tēnā koutou katoa!

The River - Ōpāwaho is a faith-based community of Jesus followers, passionate about actively participating in changing the world for the better

We believe that God has promised to put the whole world to right.

The early Christians believed that God had decisively launched this project through Jesus and that by the Spirit, they were charged with implementing and modeling this “putting to right project”, in anticipation of the day when Jesus would return to complete the task.

We are a community of people seeking to be transformed by Jesus, and to see that transformation flow into hearts, habitats, and all of humanity.

Whoever believes in me,

as Scripture has said,

rivers of living water will

flow from within them.

John 7:38

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Rivers flow from the Garden of Eden throughout the entire Biblical story, displaying many aspects of the nature and character of God, and the calling and identity of God's people.

Rivers are natural gathering places that encourage connection with your soul, with others, and with creation.

We are a group of people flowing into our community, through whom others experience the living water of God.

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you are

the river,

The river

is you

The River - Ōpāwaho been called to do Sunday ‘church’ a little differently. Our focus is becoming a community of people, through whom, others experience God in our world. God calls us to be the church, to be a blessing and to serve others.

Here’s what you need to know if you’d like to join us on a Sunday:

On the first Sunday of the month, we don’t have a “service”, instead, we GO TOGETHER - participating in different missional activities designed to serve our community and extend the Kingdom* (to make it a reality) in the hearts and habitats that we currently move in and through.

All other Sundays we GATHER TOGETHER at 10 am, for prayer, worship, and hearing the word. There are also programmes for children 0-11 available. If you cannot join us in person, the main service is livestreamed on our YouTube channel.



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For they will be like trees planted by the water, that extend their roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes;

But its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.

Jeremiah 17:8

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Our Vision,


& Approach

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Practices of

Jesus Followers


Sermon on

the Plain

Sunday Gatherings are streamed live on our YouTube channel from 10am

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Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.

That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers.

Psalm 1:1-3

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We are currently based out of St. Saviour's, 200 Colombo Street,

while we fundraise to rebuild our home premises at 30 Colombo Street.

Want to know more? Let's chat: hello@theriveropawaho.org.nz

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Meet the team

Amy Page-Whiting

Senior Pastor


James Beck

Associate Pastor


Rebekah Beck

Pastoral Care


Dave Bisgrove

Youth Pastor & 24/7 Youth Worker