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A Bold New Vision

Great news! We have made the first step towards purchasing a hangar at Tauranga airport, which will be developed into the Kendon-Strong MAF Centre! In response to the urgent global need, the Kendon-Strong MAF Centre will allow us to meet the changing landscape of recruiting and developing missionary pilots, engineers, ground staff, managers and leaders. It will be a “hub” of MAF activity—prayer, fundraising for the work overseas, recruitment, equipping of new staff, training and connec...

October 8, 2020

WE’RE COMING TO HAMILTON!

We would love to see you on Sunday 18 October, any time between 1.00 pm - 4.00pm, at Waikato Aviation, Steele Road, Hamilton Airport. See the MAF New Zealand aircraft that flew overseas for 30 years, meet our CEO, find our about our work and catch the vision! Tell your friends. Bring your home group. Looking forward to seeing you! These events are extremely weather dependent—and the weather can change quickly in New Zealand—so please check our website before coming out:&nbs...

October 8, 2020

The Humble Hero

Greeting Trevor Strong is like meeting a long lost friend. His warmth and graciousness are the first things I notice as I shake hands with one of the men who, in the midst of the horrors of WWII, dreamed that aircraft could be used for a better purpose than war. Trevor Strong is also a true gentleman, and the first thing this soon-to-be- centennial does when I meet him in his rest home on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand is to offer me his chair. He asks me about myself and my work, and ...

September 30, 2020

You're Invited To Our 75th Celebration!

Mark Fox, MAF New Zealand CEO, extends a personal invitation to you to join us as we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of MAF. With just over two months before this special event, scheduled for 6-8 November at Matamata, its time to sign up! Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this celebration. LEARN MOREREGISTER HERE....

August 24, 2020

Special MAF Event - POSTPONED

You are invited to a special MAF evening with guest speaker William Nicol. In 1998 William and his wife Meryl left New Zealand to join MAF in Africa as a pilot. More recently they have been based in Cairns, Australia where William is on the Executive Leadership Team and is responsible for all Aviation Operations as Aviation Director for MAF International. This year they are based in Hamilton. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear a key MAF leader talk about his many experiences. The evening wi...

July 22, 2020

High Impact Flights!

Tod Aebischer, Country Director in PNG, recently flew from the “remote—to the really remote” to see first-hand the difference even one MAF flight can make on a community. Despite the heat and humidity of the lowlands, being soaked with sweat and the buzz of mosquitoes, Todd reported, “I can tell you...I was surprised and pleased beyond my expectations. This is truly “high impact flying!!” On his two-day trip Todd saw how, in partnership with others, vaccination programmes, airstr...

July 21, 2020

75th Celebrations

In 2020, MAF around the world celebrates 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 Springs, M...

July 2, 2020

Together We Learn

My name is Harriëtte Knigge and at the beginning of March, I flew to Moropote, in a remote part of PNG, with a friend Caroline Wälde, to give a trauma healing course. In typical Moropote tradition, Caroline and I were greeted with sing-sing and a beautiful welcome letter. The trauma healing course we brought to Moropote explained what wounds of the heart and grief are, as well as how we can help others. We also discussed what God says about all this, what we can learn from the Bible and what f...

June 25, 2020

Achieving the Engineering Dream!

Have you ever thought of becoming an engineer for Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF)? Dan Perrett has just completed his apprenticeship in Engineering (Cert IV in Aero skills - Avionics) through Aviation Australia in Cairns. He achieved this after five years of dedication and hard work. After completing a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Dan worked as an engineer for a few years before he decided to take a backpacking trip through PNG. As part of his trip he visited some friends who were work...

June 3, 2020

Strategically Placed for the Battle Against COVID-19

For the past 75 years, MAF’s goal has always been the same—to overcome the barriers that keep people isolated from the help they need. Today, that barrier is COVID-19. Our regular flights have become restricted by the pandemic. Yet MAF’s commitment to bring “hope and healing” remains the same. As we have done before during times of great need, MAF is responding—and we need your help.  When this pandemic hit, MAF was already in place and operating in 30 developing nations...

May 25, 2020

An Update From Mark Fox

As events unfold regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Mark Fox (MAF NZ CEO) shares up to date information about how the virus is impacting MAF’s ministry, both here in New Zealand and around the world. There’s no doubt that the pandemic has impacted MAF programmes but, as far as possible, MAF’s ministry carries on and continues to need your prayer and support.  ...

April 14, 2020

From the First Day Until Now

“From the First Day Until Now” is a video specially produced as part of MAF’s celebration of 75 years of “Flying for Life”. It shows how one man’s life was changed—and how his life then transformed his community and the generations to come! This one simple story is repeated many times over in the 30 countries where MAF works. The light of Jesus is shared and touches other lives. The sound of a MAF plane approaching is the sound of hope. As you watch this video you can be sure t...

April 9, 2020

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

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

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

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

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 ...

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