Waitangi - Wainui Beach Church MissionaryKo Hikurangi te Maunga,
ko Makatote te Awa,
ko Ngati Porou te Iwi,
Ko Te Aitanga a Mate te Hapu

Kia ora my name is Waitangi Kupenga.  In 2016 I had a dream that the the Holy Spirit took me by the hand and led me up and down the streets of Ruatoria. I eventually arrived at a property where there was a blue fire around the boundary of it, and I was cleaning the cobwebs in a big old woolshed. I believed that God was calling me back to my hometown and after much prayer and counsel submitted this to the WBC leadership. I was commissioned in November as a missionary to Ruatoria (East Coast). Since arriving in Ruatoria I have become involved in ‘Bible in Schools’. Rev Pane Kawhia and I both have hearts for the nations and missions and so we meet regularly to wait on God in prayer for this. I had a season also supporting the Tairawhiti Christian Freedom Fellowship (established in Oct 2016) to implement fresh vision in terms of prayer, worship, discipleship etc. Thank you very much for your support. I really appreciate the love.

kathleneKia ora! My name is Kathlene. I was born and raised in Auckland and had the privilege of being a part of the WBC community while I was living in Gisborne, working at Gisborne Hospital. During my time in Gisborne God led me to be a part of Youth With a Mission (YWAM) in Kona, Hawaii. Since 2015 I have been a full time missionary with YWAM in Hawaii, Haiti and New Zealand. I was a part of a pioneering team that launched a YWAM base in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, where I was located for 2 years. I have also been a part of other YWAM ministries including YWAM Ships, Primary Health Care, Discipleship Training Schools and Island Breeze. God has given me a heart for discipleship, to see nations transformed and cultures redeemed by His love. 

Kathlene has taken a leave of absence from YWAM in this current season.  She remains grateful for your aroha and support!

NicholasHello! Kumasta po kayo! We are Matt and Cristelle, and this is our son Carson. We both hail from the mighty ‘Naki, but our hearts smile when we think of Turanganui (Gisborne). Matt’s work in Gisborne originally was growing truckloads of watermelons, and Cristelle as a teacher of under 5’s. We love Wainui Beach Church (WBC) and our whanau in God there! God has placed a dream, a calling in us to share Jesus with Filipinos (evangelism), to be part of helping them establish churches and be trained up to teach others Jesus’ words (discipleship/ teaching). We’ll be sent by WBC under the mission organisation OMF. 

While we're bursting to get to the Philippines, currently we're down in Christchurch, involved in ministry to students, internationals, and learning the Filipino language. A delay wasn't our idea, but God has actively guided us here through circumstances and provided us with opportunities to increase our kete of ministry experience and to walk alongside those exploring faith. God willing, we'll head out to the Philippines in 2021 with an additional child and some Filipino language skills. We are so thankful for your encouragement and support!

We're excited to be part of what God is doing in the Philippines, and to work with those who have not read the Bible themselves or heard that Jesus wants to be friends with them. Thank you for your encouragement and support!

Gisborne Church News

During Covid-19 Level 1

The Wainui Beach Church community now gather in the following ways:


  • Sunday Church 9am and 10.30am at Wainui Beach School
  • Growth Groups week days [see the calendar for venue links & study notes] 



5 Aug: Prayer Hui, 7.30pm, 5 Emily Street

8 Aug: Goddards' Working Bee [deets on FB]

10-13 Aug: Growth Groups [locations + notes on calendar]

14 Aug: Youth Group + 7-8-9s

16-28 Aug: Ps Carl @ East West Bible College

24-27 Aug: Growth Groups

28 Aug: Youth Group + 7-8-9s

29 Aug: Missions Breakfast with Paul & Barby Windsor

30 Aug: Special Guest Speaker Paul Windsor

Numbers 6:24-26
24 Mā Ihowā koe e manaaki, māna koe e tiaki:
25 Mā Ihowā e mea kia tīaho tōna mata ki a koe, māna anō hoki koe e atawhai:
26 Mā Ihowā tōna kanohi e whakaara ki a koe, māna anō e tuku te rāngimarie ki a koe.



Wainui Beach Vineyard is a part of the Vineyard Aotearoa movement.