YWAM NZ History
1963-67 Loren Cunningham first visits New Zealand.
1967 YWAM NZ begins and Ross Tooley is appointed as the first YWAM NZ National Leader.
1967-1970 The first five short-term outreaches from New Zealand take place in Fiji, Tonga and Indonesia.
1971 Ross & Margaret Tooley move to YWAM Philippines, and Brian Caughley (Intercessors for NZ) is appointed leader in his place. The first temporary base is set up in Ponsonby Road, Auckland.
1973 An attempt by Wally Wenge (USA) to pioneer a ship ministry in NZ failed when the purchase of the ship, “m/v Maori”, fell through. All remaining funds raised were given to Operation Mobilisation to buy their first ministry ship, “m/v Doulos”.
1974 After the ‘death’ of the ship vision and public humbling of YWAM, there were only two members left in YWAM NZ – Wyn Fountain and Barry Austin. After prayer and fasting, they got a message that there was a team of YWAMers who were coming to Auckland to do evangelism.
1974 Bernie & Raye Ogilvy are appointed as the National Leaders.
1977 The first NZ DTS was run in Ponsonby, Auckland.
1979 YWAM was established in the South Island of NZ through the work of David & Linda Dyer, and Max & Katie Lee who were based in Gore. A base was established in Queenstown as a ministry to backpackers and travelers under the leadership initially of Stuart Caldwell & then Dave & Sue Cole.
1981 YWAM is given a hotel at Pahi, Northland, which hosts the first Island Breeze DTS for Maori and Polynesian students.
1982/3 DTS’s held at Camp Columba, Gore and Te Horo, Kapiti Coast.
1983 “Operation Resurrection” – the first YWAM ship “m/v Anastasis” visits NZ on its maiden ministry voyage with evangelism taking place in port cities around the nation. 1000 students trained in DTS’s on the ship and on land bases during this year.
1984 Dave & Sue Cole pioneer an urban mission centre in Wellington.
1987 Murray & Jo Alcock pioneer YWAM in Christchurch.
1988 Dave & Sue Cole are appointed as National Leaders.
1989 Island Breeze is established by John & Jill Nu’uliitia in Tauranga.
1989 Whaia te Matauranga, a ministry to Maori, is established by David & Denise Moko and their first DTS is held at Matapihi Marae, Mt Maunganui.
1991 Bob & Lisa Scroggins pioneer the Oxford training base near Christchurch.
1991/2 David & Linda Cowie move to Tauranga to establish a ship ministry to the South Pacific, following the gift “m/v Pacific Ruby”.
1992 Sio & Vicky Leo begin Polynesian Ministries based in Mangere. Family Ministries led by Albert & Jeanette Jupe begin DTS’s at Orama.
1993 Frank & Sonia Naea are appointed as National Leaders.
1993 The Pahi base is sold and YWAM is given the use of a new property nearby (Oak Ridge) at Paparoa. Mark and Prue Parker are appointed directors.
1994 The Pursuits Ministry, led by Bill & Beryl Henwood, is established at Orama.
1995 The Oxford base is led by Louis & Susan Lemons. Boyd & Marion Henderson follow as leaders and then Chris & Sue Donaldson.
1996 Family Ministries NZ starts running DTS from Crystal Springs, Matamata.
1996 The YWAM Mangere Campus is purchased, initiated by Frank Naea and Murray Alcock.
1998 Peter & Esther Kim establish YWAM Korean Ministries.
2000 Bob & Lisa Scroggins are appointed as National Leaders.
2000 YWAM International Hui in Mangere where Frank Naea is commissioned as YWAM President.
2000 Marine Reach International is established in Tauranga, with Jesse & Princess Misa being appointed the new leaders.
2000 Monte & Linda Ohia are appointed as leaders for Te Ao Marama campus, Mangere.
2000 Mission Adventures is pioneered by David & Jen Laird.
2001 Dave & Sue Cole return from Asia to lead the IWT NZ Campaigns.
2003 Family Ministries NZ purchased the Crystal Springs property off the Moynans for $1.06 million dollars.
2004 IWT campaigns are held throughout 50 cities/towns for 3 months, and 23,500 people respond to Christ. Frank & Rosemary Eijenraam stay on to establish Family Ministries in Hutt Valley after IWT.
2005 Jay & Erin Lucas are appointed as National Leaders.
2005 Dave & Sue Cole move to Tauranga to pioneer YWAM Campaigns Regional Centre and Tauranga House of Prayer.
2009 YWAM Ship Tour travels around NZ ports for three months to mobilise young people into missions, prior to Marine Reach gifting the “m/v Pacific Link” to YWAM Australia.
2010 First YWAM Jubilee/50th Celebration globally hosted in NZ with Loren & Darlene Cunningham on the first leg of their world tour in 2010.
2010 Ray & Shaneane Totorewa are appointed as National Leaders and commissioned at Romai Marae, Tauranga.
NB: This is an abbreviated version only and is not a full record of the many YWAM staff and associates, friends and family members who have made wonderful contributions and been part of the history of YWAM NZ for which we are deeply grateful.