Nau mai, haere mai ngā ākonga hou ki te Kāreti o Carey! Welcome to all new students to Carey!

Another year has started at Carey and the campus has come alive with new students being welcomed at Orientation Day. For the first time the college also formally welcomed students studying on the new Ethnic Ministry Leadership Programme.

For many students, study involves being uprooted from their home town and moving to Auckland, which can be an exciting but sometimes unnerving time. This is why Orientation is such a valuable opportunity for students to find out more about the Carey community, settle into their studies, meet lecturers, and understand the library and support services available so they can start the year confidently. 

“This year Orientation had a vitality and energy as tangata whenua led us in our welcome of new students. When the Kaikaranga calls and staff welcome each student one by one, there is a generous weaving of the new to the old. I am excited about what God has in store for us this year,” says New Testament Lecturer Dr Sarah Harris.

Carey welcomed students from countries as diverse as Ethiopia, Malaysia, Korea and the Philippines with a special evening for the Ethnic Ministry Leadership Programme. As New Zealand becomes more ethnically diverse, so does the church. This programme is designed to train leaders of a non-English speaking background for the New Zealand context.

Programme Leader Beulah Wood says, “The way the students showed enthusiasm to participate at the Thursday pōwhiri was heart-warming. It bodes well for the coming course, with Brian Smith teaching ‘Introduction to Theology’ and Gordon Stewart leading the plunge into ‘Gospel and Culture’.”

We pray this year would be a season of rich nourishment and growth for students as they feed on God’s word, reflect on God’s work, and study God’s world.