We’re being hosted by the South Auckland Baptist Churches this year and they are welcoming us to Manukau City Baptist Church. Manukau City Baptist is located at 9 Lambie Drive, Manukau City. The South Auckland churches love the area God has called them to minister to – we welcome you to enjoy love the diversity of our region too! The serving team over the Hui will be a combined team from different churches around South Auckland and you get an opportunity to meet the locals!

Site Map

Please see the site map below. The programme page lists the site allocations throughout Hui. You will find this site map a helpful guide to find where you need to go.


Wharepaku (toilets) can be found off the centre of the foyer back wall.

Childcare Centre & Op Shop

Please be aware that there is a commercial childcare centre and an OpShop on the premises. Please follow all pedestrian and parking markings around the childcare centre and reserved parking for our Op Shop to operate. Please do not park in the marked spaces…and feel free to browse the Pop Up Op Shop at the front of our building.

Getting Here

The church is well serviced by Auckland Transport’s rapid transit network.

By Bus – The Airport Link and 36 Bus stop outside the church. The Airport Link bus runs in a circuit, with buses every 10 minutes. The 36 bus runs between Onehunga and Manukau. A AT HOP Card is needed for boarding buses. These are available for purchase for $5 around Auckland, including at the Airport and transport hubs.

By Train – The Southern Line station of Puhinui is a key bus hub and has an Airport Link bus connection. On the Eastern Line, open from Ōtāhuhu to Manukau, the Manukau station also has an Airport Link bus connection. Paper tickets can be bought for trains, however an AT HOP Card is needed for buses. The church is a 2km walk from either train station or connecting buses are available.

By Car – The address is 9 Lambie Drive. Stick to the righthand lane to avoid bus lane infringement fines. There is parking available on site, however this may be limited on the Thursday. Please consider using public transport to make your way to the venue. There is overflow carparking available on the grass paddock area – please utilise this when directed by the carparking team. Enjoy a good podcast as you enjoy Auckland traffic – leave plenty of time for your journey during rush hour. Be like an Aucklander – Google Maps is amazing!

Bus Lane

Last year the Lambie Drive bus lane camera was the second most profitable camera in Auckland, netting 5.9 million in $150 fines. The lefthand lane is an all-day bus lane in both directions. Please stick to the righthand lane when approaching the church to avoid an infringement fine. There are multiple unmanned cameras operating. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!


There are a number of motels around the South Auckland area. Something to be aware of when booking accommodation is that some of these are used for emergency accommodation. If this is a concern for you, ask the question when booking. There are a number of Air BnB options as well.

Info Desk

If you have any questions while at Hui, the info desk is just off the main foyer. You can also ask one of our helpful team wearing a Baptist ‘heart’ t-shirt or a host team lanyard.


At Hui this year we are taking a number of ‘Big Bites’. The best way to engage in these conversations is kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face). Hui this year won’t be livestreamed. Some sessions may be available as videos after the Hui, but if you want to participate in Hui 2023 we encourage you to register and join us on site at Manukau City Baptist.


All Hui information will be available in our Baptist NZ app prior to Hui. This will contain the information you need during Hui, including the full programme, site map, and other information. Within the app are various notification settings. There is one called “Annual Hui (Assembly) announcements” – turn this on to receive information and updates during Hui 2023. Many of you will already have the app on your devices, if not use these links: Google Play or Apple App Store.


Check in will open 10:00am – 10:45am. Check in will close 15 minutes prior to the pōwhiri. Once the details of the pōwhiri have been confirmed there will be more information about this.


Pōwhiri will start at 11:00 am at Manukau City Baptist Church.

Appropriate dress for pōwhiri

Respect is shown to the mana whenua through dressing appropriately for a pōwhiri. This means dark colours (black if possible) and tidy clothes that cover the shoulders and knees.

Men: Dark full length trousers and a collared shirt

Women: Dark coloured dress or skirt below knee length


Meals provided as part of a Full Hui registration include Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner on Thursday; Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner on Friday; Morning Tea and Lunch on Saturday.

Tickets for the Friday and Saturday breakfasts are available for purchase separately.

COVID-19 Policy

We want to ensure that Hui 2023 is a safe environment for all our Baptist whānau who attend. We will comply with all Ministry of Health and Government regulations that are in place at the time of Hui.

We encourage good hygiene practices. Please wash your hands regularly. Hand sanitiser will be available, and the venue will be cleaned throughout the duration of Hui.

Please do not attend Hui if you are feeling unwell or have any Covid-19 symptoms, or if anyone in your household is waiting for a Covid-19 test result or is self-isolating. In these circumstances we will provide a full refund.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you don’t miss our Health and Safety announcements at the beginning of the opening session.

In case of emergency, please exit the building and meet at one of the assembly points marked in the venue map above.

Keeping our waste down

Here’s a few helpful ways to help us keep our waste down while together at Hui 2023.

  • Bring a refillable drink bottle.
  • Keep an eye out for our recycling bins. There will be sets of four bins that can take food/compostable waste, clean plastic and paper, glass and general waste.
  • We will be using crockery wherever possible, rather than single use consumables.
  • Think about carpooling from the airport/bus stop to your accommodation and from your accommodation to the venue. If you are staying close by, how about walking?
  • How about off-setting your carbon to get here? Air NZ run a carbon offset programme; keep an eye out for it when you are booking your tickets.
  • We will not be providing a paper copy of the Hui information, including the annual report and financials. These will be available on the app and sent via email.
  • We will not be distributing paper fliers. There will be TV screens around the venue with important up to date information.

Pre-school Tamariki (Under 5 years)

Space has been made available in the Chapel with audio-visual link for parents with children under five. Tamariki must be accompanied by a parent.

We have also arranged an option for pre-schoolers to attend BestStart Lambie Drive for the Thursday and Friday of Hui. The centre is onsite at MCBC. You will need to have contacted the centre before Hui and filled in a registration form. Contact the centre directly for more information and costs. https://best-start.org/centres/beststart-lambie-drive

Being together guidelines

For our time together:

  1. Because I serve Jesus as my Lord and Saviour, I will place his Name and Word above my own (Psalm 138:2  John 14:6) Te Rangatiratanga o Ihu Karaiti, te Kaiwhakaora.
  2. The way I talk will show my respect for all people, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, maternity, marital or family status, disability, age or national origin (Genesis 1:27 Ephesians 2:10) Ahakoa ko wai, ahakoa nō hea, ka noho tonu hei whānau Kotahi.
  3. I will listen carefully to the opinion of others and not dominate the discussion. I will not act or speak in an aggressive or intimidating manner (Proverbs 29:11 James 1:19  Romans 12:10) Ka aroha ki ngā tēina, kia tino pono te aroha tētahi ki tētahi; ka whakahōnore, kia nui tā tētahi i tētahi.
  4. I will make unity and reconciliation my goal when disagreements arise (Psalm 133  Ephesians 4:11-13) Rangimārie.
  5. I will champion all Baptist pastors and churches equally and uphold the values and goals of the Baptist Union of Churches (Amos 3:3 Hebrews 13:17) Whanaungatanga.

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. (James 1:19)

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