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Derek Harding

Board Member

I grew up in England where our local church supported MAF UK and we often had MAF missionaries come to speak. As time progressed I married and served in a parish in the South East of England, where I was licenced as a worship leader and lay-minister and in due course became a Deacon and Priest.

In 2007 I came to New Zealand to work in Blenheim on a Missionary Visa. Once again I came into contact with aviation and MAF. In 2011 I was able to develop my own interest in aviation by earning my Private Pilots Licence (PPL). However, due to ministry pressures, I was only able to follow MAF “second hand”.

In 2018 I was diagnosed with prostrate cancer. In view of this I felt I needed to gain more personal time so I resigned from the MAF Board. Now, having at last become a Kiwi citizen and being well on the road to recovery, I find myself with time available to rekindle my passion for MAF and the wish to support and encourage potential candidates.

I bring a lifetime of engagement with the Scout Movement and more recently the Flying NZ Young Eagles through Marlborough Aero Club. I fly as regularly as I can and hope to obtain my Instrument Rating soon. I currently have varied roles as a St John Chaplain in the top of the South Island.


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