This annual lecture in conjunction with Massey University, Auckland honours the memory and shares the contribution and legacy of a remarkable New Zealander, Sir Paul Reeves.
Each year, a significant thinker, scholar or academic in New Zealand society is invited to reflect upon the issues that engaged Sir Paul and that he was passionate about…justice, fairness and equality for all people.
His values emerged from a spirituality that encompassed both traditional and progressive thought and which underpinned his whole life. The Memorial Lecture advances public understanding and debate about significant issues of contemporary interest.
Here is his story, written by Gavin Maclean, Senior Historian at Manatū Taonga, Ministry of Culture and Heritage.
Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin Welby agreed in the June of 2013 to collaborate with all people of goodwill and in faith communities all over the world , to seek to end modern slavery and human trafficking . There have been many efforts by many groups over many years, but the solidarity of faith communities can add a new movement of advocacy, compassion and prevention that makes a significant difference . It is estimated the over 30 million people are being enslaved today .
In 2014 global faith leaders signed a common declaration with the Pope in Rome in this cause, calling slavery a crime against humanity . This declaration is now being referenced and applied in many parts of the world. In Aotearoa New Zealand new initiatives are also emerging.
Sir David John Moxon KNZM is a New Zealand Anglican bishop. He was until June 2017, the Archbishop of Canterbury's Representative to the Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome. He was previously the Bishop of Waikato in the Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki, the archbishop of the New Zealand dioceses and one of the three primates of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. In the 2014 New Year Honours, he was appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the Anglican Church.
During Moxon's time in Rome the Anglican Centre has focused its mission aspect on ecumenical education and networking in the area of modern slavery and human trafficking, as well as ecumenical networking for refugee ministry. On 5 October 2016, Moxon helped facilitate the fourth meeting of Francis and Welby, where they publicly renewed their respective communions' commitment to deeper dialogue and greater mutual partnership in mission, as part of the 50th anniversary of the first official visit of an Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury to a Pope, and of the establishment of the Anglican Centre in Rome. Moxon's term in Rome is described in Mary Reath's book "An Open Door: The Anglican Centre in Rome, 2003 to 2016", Canterbury Press, 2016, and in the UK Church Times June 16 2017 article, "Moxon moves on", by the Vatican journalist, Philippa Hitchen.
In retirement Moxon has been made patron of the Faith Community Nurses Association, and a Pihopa Awahina ( honorary assistant) Bishop of the Maori Bishopric area of Te Manawa o te Wheke, a member of the St Mary's Diocesan School Board Stratford,and a Board fellow of College House Christchurch. Moxon picked up his role as a governor of the Anglican Centre in Rome again, continuing as co -chair of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission. Moxon is also commencing a Chaplaincy with the Order of St John. Moxon is co-chair with Cardinal Tobin of New Jersey, of the Walking Together Foundation advisory committee, which seeks to fund Catholic and Anglican Bishop partnerships for aid, development, justice and peace globally.
Thursday 27th September 2018
Light refreshments will be served prior to the lecture and after.
The Vaughan Park Sir Paul Reeves Memorial Lecture in association with Massey University will be held at
2017 Judge Sarah Reeves and Puna Wano-Bryant, Restoration, Redress, Reconciliation, A reflection on Parihaka and resolution of Māori-Crown grievances in the settlement era
The Inaugural Vaughan Park Sir Paul Reeves Memorial Lecture held at Vaughan Park on 16 July 2012 has been memorialised in the grounds of the Centre.
Prior to Professor Sir Mason Durie delivering the Lecture, a Kowhai tree was planted and a bronze plaque was placed beside the tree. During the Festival of Mātāriki there was a blessing of the tree to mark this significant occasion.