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South Pacific

The South Pacific Division

The South Pacific Division (SPD) is comprised of Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and numerous islands throughout the South Pacific Ocean.

The Adventist Church counts about 423,000 members worshiping in nearly 2,000 churches. The division’s population is nearly 37 million people. More than 80 percent of the division’s membership lives in Papua New Guinea and Pacific island nations.

There are three universities in this region: Fulton College in Fiji, Pacific Adventist University in Papua New Guinea, and Avondale College in Australia.

Sydney Adventist Hospital was built in 1903. It employs more than 2,200 staff and 750 accredited medical practitioners and offers surgical, medical and emergency services to more than 50,000 inpatients and 175,000 outpatients each year.

The hospital also operates the Healthcare Outreach Program, which since 1980 has partnered with AusAid and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to provide surgeries to 2,850 patients in mission fields around the world.

The Adventist Church’s Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing Company produces several health food products, including Weet-Bix, Australia's top-selling breakfast cereal.

In 1891, Adventist Church co-founder Ellen White arrived in Australia. Her nine years in the region had a major impact on the church’s early work in the South Pacific.

In 1927, David Sibley is believed to have broadcast the first Adventist radio program in Melbourne. In 1966, the Adventist Media Centre in Australia began producing the “Focus on Living” films. Today, the Adventist Media Network operates television, music and magazine outreach ministries.

The division is a diverse region: several nations are predominantly Melanesian, Polynesian or Caucasian, and the division comprises substantial Asian, South American, African and Middle-Eastern communities.

Scragg, 84, division president and pastor, dies

Scragg, 84, division president and pastor, dies

Sep 21, 2010

Walter Robert Lambert Scragg, a retired president of two Seventh-day Adventist world regions, a former president of Adventist World Radio (AWR), and...

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Church canceled in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday after massive earthquake

Sep 07, 2010

A state of emergency remains in Christchurch September 7, as aftershocks as large as magnitude 5.4 continued to rumble through the region. More than...

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In the South Pacific, discipleship key to supporting Adventist membership

In the South Pacific, discipleship key to supporting Adventist membership

Sep 07, 2010

There are more than 420,844 baptized members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific, but on any given Saturday, services may draw...

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Aircraft investment earns second plane for Papua New Guinea

Aircraft investment earns second plane for Papua New Guinea

Jul 20, 2010

The recent purchase of a new airplane for Adventist Aviation Services in Papua New Guinea is expected to help Seventh-day Adventists spread the...

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Visit to Timor-Leste reveals religious liberty gains

Visit to Timor-Leste reveals religious liberty gains

Mar 18, 2010

Cementing religious pluralism is "no small task" in a country that has struggled for national unity for decades, a Seventh-day Adventist...

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