Conference postponed to later in 2020

NZCBC Council for Young People and The Catholic Network of Marriage Educators are excited to announce

24 – 26 April 2020

InterContinental Hotel, Wellington

New dates coming soon

Conference Postponed

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the Takirua 2020: Shaping the Mission Conference planned for 24-26 April 2020 has been postponed until later in the year. This decision has been made prior to the confirmation of a new date in order to provide clarity and certainty for people around the April dates in the face of a rapidly changing situation.

We are working on alternative dates and as soon as further decisions are made, we will be in touch via email, social media and on our website.

Registrations are refundable upon request since we cannot provide the conference on the originally advertised dates. However, we encourage registered delegates to consider waiting until new dates are announced before deciding to attend or seek a refund.

The combined Takirua 2020 Conference will incorporate the best elements from each of two well-established national gatherings.

With Wellington scheduled to host conferences for both youth ministers and those involved in marriage ministries in 2020, organisers saw a unique opportunity to combine the two and offer participants a dynamic space in which to identify and address the challenges of ministry today.

Takirua 2020 will provide a platform to recognise – āhukahukatia, interpret – whakamāramatia & choose – kōwhiritia, as we listen to, share with and learn from each other.


“Pastoral ministry in a missionary key seeks to abandon the complacent attitude that says: “We have always done it this way”. I invite everyone to be bold and creative in this task of rethinking the goals, structures, styles and methods of evangelization in their respective communities.”
– Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium 33


Takirua2020 will bring together a broad range of innovative ideas and practical tools to both equip and challenge those involved in contemporary Catholic pastoral ministry and marriage education in Aotearoa New Zealand. We will have bold conversations about the reality of mission today and we invite youth ministers, marriage educators and all interested catholic pastoral ministers (employed and voluntary) to join us.

Catholic Network of Marriage Educators

The Catholic Network of Marriage Educators (CNME) is a national organisation that represents the interests of the marriage educators of the six Catholic Dioceses of Aotearoa New Zealand. Working under mandate for the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference, CNME exists to strengthen and encourage marriage education through the coordination and provision of high quality educational programmes and services. The Takirua 2020 conference incorporates the two-yearly CNME Training Weekend for 2020.