Nau mai, haere mai, whakatau mai!
Welcome to the website of the Mid North Catholic Pastoral Area.
The founder of the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand was a young French bishop, Jean Baptiste François Pompallier. Born in Lyons, France on 11 December 1802 he was ordained a priest in 1829. In1836 he was appointed Vicar Apostolic (‘Bishop’) of Western Oceania which covered a huge area of Polynesia and Melanesia in the Pacific, including New Zealand.
The Bishop sailed from France in December 1836 with a missionary band of four priests and three brothers of the Society of Mary. One priest died at sea. A priest and a brother were left at each of the islands of Wallis and Futuna to begin mission work there. After brief stays at Tahiti, Tonga, Rotuma and Sydney, he arrived at the Hokianga harbour on 10th January 1838. The Bishop's first Mass was celebrated at Totara Point on 13 January 1838. (Please note the above information is a citation from the Pompallier Hokianga website www.hokiangapompallier.org.nz)
This website contains Catholic Parish information for the Mid-North Pastoral Area, covering a large region of the Far North District of New Zealand.
The dropdown menu under "Mass Timetables" provides access to Mass Times, and other information for each of the communities in our pastoral area, while About us shares a little information about the region. Use the Contact us page if you have any questions about the Pastoral Area, or encounter any issues using the Website.
Site Map of the Mid North Pastoral Area
The Pastoral Area is outlined in blue to give an indicative scope of the pastoral area. Click on the blue markers to see the Church or Mass Centre at this locality.
View Mid North Pastoral Area in a larger map