Posted in Living in Timaru

Congratulations ‘The Timaru Herald’ on your 150th Anniversary

The Timaru Herald
The Timaru Herald Building at Sophia St., Timaru. (Mytchall Bransgrove/Fairfax NZ)

Today, 11 June 2014, The Timaru Herald celebrates her reaching 150 years in the newspaper business.

Circulating in the Timaru, South Canterbury and Otago districts of the South Island New Zealand, The Timaru Herald has a daily circulation of 14,500 copies and approximately a readership of 31,000 people.

Thank you The Timaru Herald for your important role in information and community development.

My association with the prestigious paper began when they published about our blog promoting South Canterbury on their 17 January 2013 edition.

Since then, The Timaru Herald had published several articles about our role as channel of service and support for the Timaru communities. These articles are as follows:

Then calamities struck the Philippines in last quarter of 2013, a catastrophic earthquake in October and the destructive super Typhoon Haiyan in November.

The Timaru Herald wasted no time in helping the Filipinos through publishing our concern and desire to raise funds to help the earthquake and typhoon victims in the Philippines.

These articles stirred up the community (local and international) to donate for the Philippines.

Businessperson and blogger, Jonathan Davey of The Berkshire Blog UK told me that he read the article on Stuff about my desire to help so he contacted me via LinkedIn. I provided estimates on the boat-building project he was launching at that time. Many have benefited through the Rotary Club One Boat for the Philippines project he started.

The Country Women Institute of Timaru is one organisation that responded after reading the articles in The Timaru Herald and South Canterbury Herald.

The blog post “Fisherman Benefits from CWI Donation” shares about the beneficiary of CWI’s gift.

In anniversaries of longevity such as the sesquicentennial celebration of The Timaru Herald, the olden days are often revered more than the present ones.

This is quite understandable because it is through history that an organisation finds strength and inspiration to continue in the next hundred years or so.

Clearly, the recent developments in the life of The Timaru Herald, particularly referring to the news articles mentioned above and her commitment to provide news and information have paved way for forging relationships in the community to help one another regardless of race and distance.

Again, congratulations The Timaru Herald!

Posted in Living in Timaru, multicultural response ministry, pastoral ministry nz, South Canterbury living

How God Used A Blog Post to Inspire Support for a Multicultural Ministry in South Canterbury


And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Wilson Street Multicultural Response
The Multicultural Response Website

Last week The Timaru Herald published “Pastor Spreads Word in His New Business” to highlight one result of the Tell-a-Friend Promote South Canterbury program.

May I share that before any idea of creating Online Writing Niche Ltd. was ever discussed, there’s a far greater undertaking that has unfolded .

Far greater undertaking because one blog post, “Reasons for Beautiful Living in South Canterbury” inspired support for the Multicultural Response Ministry, which I and my wife take part.

Wilson Street Baptist Church, through Pastor John McMullan, Errol James, the Church Elders, and the members, supported the holding of the “Evening of Praise and Worship“, the first multicultural worship ever held on 20 April 2013.

We held the second multicultural worship on 6 July 2012. We have set our sights to holding the third event in November 2013.

The church has considered creating the multicultural response team that will stir up participation in pursuing the ministry vision.

The Lord God touched the hearts of a couple in Timaru after reading the article published in The Timaru Herald titled, “Pastor’s Blog Becomes Ad for South Canterbury. Learning about the ministry vision, the couple committed to giving financial support.

Then we created the Multicultural Response website. When Ross Waugh requested me to work on his website projects, I’m not so adept with wordpress themes, domain hosting and file management.

Thus, the Multicultural Response site became my learning laboratory while putting up online presence for the ministry.

Isn’t it wonderful to see God’s hand working through His people and many avenues? He is always in the lookout for hearts committed and passionate to serve Him.

As the song “Pass It On” says “It only takes a spark to keep the fire going”, I believe that God has more things in store now that the multicultural response ministry is ablaze.

Please don’t miss listening to this lovely rendition of ‘Pass It On’ by Evie Tornquist Karlsson. 🙂

Posted in Inspirational, Living in New Zealand Now, Promote South Canterbury, South Canterbury living, Tell A Friend South Canterbury

How the Article Appeared on The Timaru Herald


Our family and friends in Timaru, Auckland, New Zealand, and Philippines are so happy reading the article, “Pastor’s blog becomes ad for South Canterbury” published on the The Timaru Herald 17 January 2013 edition.

Kin and friends from US, Europe, Australia and other places of the world whom we have constant contact through Facebook, ‘shared’ and ‘liked’ the article.

The printed paper showed a teaser at the upper left part of masthead.
The printed paper showed a teaser at the upper left part of the masthead.


Thank you dear Lord God for your wonderful creation in South Canterbury, which inspire us not only to write about it but to always sing “How Great Thou Art“. Above all these awesome wonders is the humanity whom you created and redeemed through your son, Jesus Christ.

It was one of the Editor’s pick and became the most popular viewed article of the day. As of writing, the article had garnered 105 Facebook ‘Like’ and Tweeted 15 times.

Our post “Reasons for Beautiful Living in South Canterbury” got 81 visits; 73 of which came through the Timaru Herald website.

Timaru Herald Tweeted about blog


At 6:30 morning, Timaru Herald tweeted: “South Canterbury now international news, thanks to blog by Timaru pastor.”

Through Google analytics and other similar software, website managers could track website visits (or online traffic) as to source and located and other data.

You might wonder how the article “Pastor’s blog becomes ad for South Canterbury” appeared on the printed ‘The Timaru Herald’.

See the photo below:

The Timaru Herald page

Read the full article online by CLICKING the image.