Welcome to the Presbyterian Church of Otago & Southland

Haere mai, Talofa Lava, Bem-vindos, hwangyong-hamnida, Talitali fiefia, huānyíng guānglín

Welcome to our website Southern Presbyterians.

We are Christian people from 70 parishes throughout Otago and Southland in New Zealand. The aim of the website is to introduce ourselves to visitors and to share information about who we are and what we are about. So have a look around and meet our people.


Every congregation is unique. The variety among Southern Presbyterians is quite astounding:

  • Most are Presbyterian churches, but seven are cooperating [with Methodist and Anglican]
  • Some have cultural identities. Some congregations are focused on Chinese, Pacifica and South Americans.
  • Many are rural churches, others are inner city or suburban.
  • We have new expressions like B@tCH [breakfast church] and Student Soul [Student church].
  • People of all types find their spiritual home among us.


Presbyterians are thinking Christians, with lots of new thinking going on about how we are part of the church in a changing world. We are also worshipping Christians, who encourage experimentation within worship.

Many years ago, a sermon at a Dunedin Presbyterian Church on ‘the sin of cheapness’ changed our country via a Royal Commission addressing issues of poverty and work. Now today, we continue to be church which speaks and works for social change.

Enjoy your visit with Southern Presbyterians.

Grace and peace be with you.