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Update - 24th March

As events unfold regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to be in touch with you on how this is impacting MAF’s ministry, both here in New Zealand and around the world. As far as possible our work carries on and continues to need your prayer and support!Our goal is to respond wisely and without fear, while following the current NZ government advice about how to keep the workplace safe. Although our 75th Celebration has been postponed until November 6-8, MAF’s ministry around the world car...

March 24, 2020

New dates set for MAF New Zealand’s 75th Celebration

In light of recent Government announcements regarding the evolving situation with COVID-19, the MAF NZ Board has made the difficult decision to postpone our 75th anniversary celebration weekend in May. We realise this decision will be met with disappointment and we appreciate your understanding during these unprecedented and challenging times. As well as needing to keep the well-being of all attendees in mind, we also had a number of staff and guests planning on joining us from oversea...

March 24, 2020

Partnerships Make All the Difference

One of MAF’s core values is Partnership—we value the strength and diversity that co-operation and collaboration bring and partner with those who share our beliefs and values. One such partnership is with Lentera Papua, a small, efficient non-profit organisation that focuses on the highlands of Papua, Indonesia. They train and disciple the young generation of Papua to become professionals in ministry, aviation, medical, education and social fields. Lentera was using their PAC750 aircraft...

March 18, 2020

One Teams Story

When faced with an “impossible” journey, what do you do? Not long ago Micha, a young German with a passion for Jesus, joined a team of six planning to share the gospel with people in the remote Highlands of PNG. After a time of prayer, the team felt that God was putting a particular area on their hearts—but then they found out it would be almost impossible to get there. That was, until they got in touch with MAF, who told them they could fly the team in! Micah said, “Once we arrived,...

March 6, 2020

Calling all Aviation Engineers

The amazing work of MAF's Aviation Engineers allows our planes to keep flying. Meet some of the engineers in the hangar and see how vitally important their work is! To find out more about current vacancies with MAF: https://careers-mafint.icims.com/...

February 24, 2020

Fiona Vincent

Finance Manager My involvement with MAF began in 2009 when the Mareeba Maintenance Hangar was desperate for help in the finance department. We were living 30 kms west of Mareeba, on the edge of the outback with our five children. Since I had qualified as a Chartered Accountant and had many years’ experience in that field, the vacancy fitted my skillset. A year later the Mareeba Finance Manager retired and I was able to step into that role. I continued to homeschool our children. When we m...

February 10, 2020

You Are Invited To MAF's 75th Celebration

Days are flying by and the celebration of MAF's 75 years of "Flying for Life” is just months away. Time to sign up! Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this event! FIND OUT MORE REGISTER ONLINE...

January 27, 2020

New Amphibious Plane Arrives in Bangladesh!

Programme Manager Mark Blomberg writes: “The plane is here. It landed in Dhaka around 14:30. This marks the start of a new season for the MAF Bangladesh program and our ministry in this country”. The new Cessna Caravan C208 with Wipaire 8750 amphibious floats and the latest avionics equipment will replace our existing aircraft that has served in Bangladesh since 2005. The new arrival will enable MAF’s programme to better serve the people of Bangladesh for the next 15-20 years. Bangladesh i...

January 15, 2020

Nick & Ruth Hitchins

Dreams do come true—just never in the way we could ever have imagined! Nick’s initial dream of spending his life flying began as a teenager, but of necessity was put on hold for over twenty years until just recently, when God breathed new life into it. It has been an unfolding miracle: watching God bring together our family’s passion for flying, MAF’s vision of “flying for life” and our love of Jesus’ words, “I have come that you may have life, and have it to the fullest abun...

December 26, 2019

Andy Campbell

Born in Gisborne, I became interested in aviation at the age of four and upon leaving home I joined the RNZAF as an avionics technician. Around 2000, I read personal accounts of Papua New Guineans and their experiences and response to the Gospel—it left an impression on me. I recall wondering if I might end up in PNG some day! Fifteen years on, I obtained a job with Pacific Helicopters, a commercial company based in Goroka (PNG Highlands). This has been ideal preparation for my role with M...

December 26, 2019

Jerrycans Of Jet Fuel

Over the years we have been amazed at God’s mercy and compassion for even the most marginalized and how, by working together, we have been able to bring God’s love to isolated people in places of deepest human need. Begun by two young pilots from New Zealand after the Second World War, Mission Aviation Fellowship now has 130 aircraft in over 30 nations and flies in some of the most challenging places on earth. In 2019 we flew teachers, pastors and resources to the aboriginal people living i...

November 18, 2019

We’re coming to Matamata!

This is a chance to meet the MAF New Zealand’s CEO and chat with some of the staff, who will be on hand to share insights into the work of MAF around the world. On site will be MAF New Zealand’s six-seat Cessna 206, which flew for MAF for 30 years, first in Cambodia and later in the remote far north of Australia. Come out on Wednesday 20 November, anytime between 5.00-7.00pm. Waharoa (Matamata) Aerodrome,  State Highway 27, Waharoa. Hope to see you there! Bring your friends, all in...

November 14, 2019

The Greatest of These is Love

Francis Wayambo and his family moved to Australia from Papua New Guinea two years ago. Francis serves as a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (LAME) in the MAF Arnhem Land programme. They live in the Yolngu community of Yirrkala and have established good relationships with the people there—everyone knows of the Wayambos and their passion for ministry among the children and youth of Yirrkala. Every week, they set up their local church building to run a thriving ‘Kids Ministry’. ...

November 5, 2019

A Girl With A Broken Arm

Mission Aviation Fellowship has been serving the remote areas of Papua New Guinea for over 60 years. Recently Mark Fox, the CEO of MAF New Zealand, had the chance to see first-hand the difference MAF makes. He was flying with a missions team in PNG when they made an emergency detour. A 4-year old girl had broken her arm in three places. With no roads in or out, the only access to her village was by air. Mark and the MAF team were able to fly her and her parents to a hospital for treatment. If no...

October 29, 2019

We’re coming to Gisborne and Masterton!

This is a chance to meet the MAF New Zealand’s CEO and chat with some of the staff, who will be on hand to share insights into the work of MAF around the world. On site will be MAF New Zealand’s six-seat Cessna 206, which flew for MAF for 30 years, first in Cambodia and later in the remote far north of Australia. MAF warmly invites everyone to come to Gisborne: Thursday 7 November, anytime between 5.00pm-7.00pm. Gisborne Rescue Helicopter, Gisborne Airport. Masterton: Sunday 10 November, an...

October 29, 2019

A Privilege To Help

In Western countries medical emergency needs are addressed through a country-wide call centre. In Germany for example, an ambulance should reach you within 15 minutes. The ambulance itself is furnished with high-tech medical emergency equipment, at least one doctor plus and two highly qualified nurses. It’s so different in Papua New Guinea—and even more challenging in remote areas! Recently a medevac was requested through a hand delivered letter!  This story is by Siobhain Dales in ...

October 18, 2019

Dodomona HF Radio Install

MAF sponsored six HF Radios’ to be installed in six different remote areas last year. Five of the six HF Radios were installed by our installation team in five remote communities in Edwaki, Kabori, Kwieftim, Yebil, and Seserimi which are located in the West Sepik Province and Western Province of Papua New Guinea. The Christian Radio Missionary Fellowship (CRMF) installation team recently completed the installation of the 6th and final MAF-sponsored remote HF Radio installation in Dodomona, a r...

October 3, 2019

A Redbird Helps Pilots Prepare

In a milestone for the flight training department in PNG, the recently installed Redbird Flight Simulator was dedicated to enhance and improve in-house training on Caravan aircraft. On Thursday, 22 August 2019, during the little dedication ceremony, Markus Bischoff, MAF PNG’s Crew Training Manager, explained the advantages of the ‘sim’, as everyone is calling the Simulator, “Compared to a real aircraft, the sim is much cheaper to operate and we can use the actual airplanes for operatio...

September 23, 2019

Connect, Equip, Send - Our Highest Priority

We can have the aircraft, the fuel, the teachers, pastors and medical teams that urgently need to reach isolated areas. We can have the landing strips, the building supplies and educational materials...but if we don’t have the right staff, the MAF planes can’t fly. And at this point, many key positions overseas urgently need to be filled. If just one of these positions is vacant, it impacts on the whole programme—and in turn on all those who depend on MAF’s aviation services!  W...

September 18, 2019

It’s Time To Celebrate!

In 2020, MAF around the world will celebrate 75 years since New Zealander Murray Kendon’s vision for using light aircraft to enable missions became a reality. Seventy-five years later, we are still flying in some of the most remote places on earth in order to “share the love of Jesus Christ through aviation and technology, so that isolated people may be physically and spiritually transformed”. In New Zealand we are organising our own special weekend of celebration! Join us at Totara Spring...

September 12, 2019

What a Difference a Vaccine Fridge Makes!

Late last year our technical team installed a High Frequency (HF) Radio in Kabori, a remote village in PNG. The HF radio was installed in a local pastor’s house, part of which he dedicated to serve as a health clinic in Kabori—the only health clinic for the community. Despite the lack of proper health equipment and medicines, the local pastor went out of his way to help provide basic health-care treatment for people in need of medical attention. Upon entering the clinic, the Christian Ra...

September 5, 2019

Working Together in Bible Translation

It is 2019 yet there is still a long way to go to complete translating the whole Bible to Yolngu-Matha, the heart language of the Yolngu people. The encouraging news is that there are both indigenous and non-indigenous translators in North East Arnhem Land who have invested years in building relationships and learning language to effectively translate the Bible.  Yolngu-Matha was originally an oral language. Though the Yolngu excelled in bark paintings, traditional dances and other forms of...

August 27, 2019

The “Forgotten People” of Northern Kenya

The Turkana people call themselves “Emuriakin”, the forgotten people. This is understandable given the fact that the government’s attention towards this region was drawn off when the borders of southern Sudan were opened and the money left, together with the NGOs. All plans to develop the area were put on hold indefinitely, and Lokichoggio (the outermost Kenyan town, on the border with Sudan) became a town of derelict and abandoned buildings and people without hope. When a Swedish pilot an...

July 25, 2019

Help Transform a Nation!

Can you imagine being among the 70% of the population of Timor Leste who live in rural areas? You would face significant inequality with those in the capital Dili. In fact you, your family and your community would face urgent medical and health issues that include: Rheumatic heart disease (one of the highest rates in the world —1 in 20 children impacted)Tuberculosis (51% of the nation has latent TB)HIV/AIDs (there was a 15% increase in cases last year)Child malnutrition and stunted growth ...

July 15, 2019

Tali Takes To The Air

Tali Grace is currently training to become a pilot at the MAF Flight Training Centre at Mareeba. Her journey to MAF began when her Dad took her to visit PNG in 2008. On her first flight in a small aircraft, Tali sat beside the pilot and found the experience exhilarating. She feels this is where the seeds of wanting to become a pilot were planted.While in Year 12 she was particularly exhausted on the Friday before a school band performance. Her Mum suggested she stay home and rest, but Tali felt ...

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