ARPA Bulletin May - June 2019

Providing a Hope-filled Response:
6 - 8 September

The ARPA Executive members are excited about the plans for Christchurch 2019 and look forward to your participation. The ARPA 2019 Christchurch Conference begins with registration and lunch on Friday September and concludes with morning worship on Sunday 8 September and of course the much anticipated  Awards Dinner on Saturday 7 September.

Registration fee: A 20% discount (off the individual registration) is available for members registering with 5 or more attendees, provided they pay by 30 June 2019. This would be $240 per registration based on the early bird.

ARPA Registrations:  However you pay the registration for the conference, a copy of the registration form must be scanned and forwarded to Elizabeth Harris (

Plan to attend now: There are some good flight specials available  and The Novotel Cathedral Square Hotel venue has been finalised as the venue for the conference. Accommodation is available at the Novotel, Cathedral Square or the nearby Ibis Hotel. Details for accommodation

Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square looks forward to welcoming delegates from Australasian Religious Press Association.Accommodation:  ( from 4th -9th of September). Rooms at Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square are subject to availability.  These can be accessed online via preferential code: BGPG or by dialling our Christchurch reservations team on +6433722111

Special Rates Offered:  Superior King/Twin Room – Room Only   $219.00 per room per night; Restaurant Buffet Breakfast $32.00 per person per day. Alternatively, delegates are now able to self-book at Ibis Christchurch online via preferential code: BGPG or by dialling our Christchurch reservations team on +6433722111

Special Rates Offered:  Standard King/Twin Room – Room Only   $139.00 per room per night. Restaurant Buffet Breakfast  $25.00 per person per day

Internet: WiFi is included on the Conference Floor, connect to “NOVOTEL CONFERENCE WIRELESS” as a guest and use the code “OPERA”


Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square offers a valet parking service on a first come, first served basis. We are delighted to offer you $10 day parking for the duration of your event or 24 hour valet car parking at $35 per vehicle, alternatively public parking options surrounding the hotel which include a Wilson’s public car parking lot directly adjacent to the hotel.  The costs for this are currently $2/hour, $5/early bird and $7/overnight.

ARPA Awards.

Members are reminded of the conditions for entry regarding accompanied registrations:

Entry for the annual ARPA Awards must be accompanied by payment of at least one awards dinner ticket, thus confirming intention to attend the awards dinner, or if not accompanied, then written advice confirming intention to attend the awards dinner and an agreement to pay for at least one awards dinner ticket by 4 July of the related conference year.

Reminder: Each member is entitled to lodge 7 Award entries (accompanied by the entry form).  If the publication has included staff members in the 2018/9 subs ($50 per member in addition to the basic sub), then they are able to submit one additional entry for each paid up staff member.  Please refer to your 2019 directory entry for clarification as only paid up members are included.

Ramon Williams Scholarship for 2019

The deadline for the Ramon Williams Scholarship has been extended to 31 May 2019.  

ARPA Citation for Dr John Harrison

Following the 2018 AGM, the ARPA executive reviewed honorary award arrangements and is pleased to report of the well-received advice provided to Dr John Harrison of the awarding of an ARPA Citation. This will be presented at the 2019 ARPA Conference and will be the fifth citation awarded in ARPA’s history.

News from the Executive

A video conference meeting of the ARPA executive was held on May 15 by ZOOM. Among continuing matters and planning for the conference, the executive approved job descriptions for the honorary roles, noting that these would be reviewed each year. The job descriptions will also help as the executive continues to look at succession planning.

A committee for the ARPA conference for 2020 in Perth (4-6 September) has been formed, and will begin to liaise with ACPA about local arrangements.

Question for the 2019 AGM and following. The Executive would like to hear from members on the question of ARPA 2024: What is your vision for ARPA?   2024 will be ARPA’s 50th anniversary.

Zoom Chapter Meetings: The executive raised the possibility of chapters holding zoom based meetings to encourage greater networking and support, especially noting that travel is often difficult for members today.

Next ARPA Executive meeting: 12 August.