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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.

Flash floods destroy Adventist village

Flash floods destroy Adventist village

Flash floods have devastated a Seventh-day Adventist community at Waluebue village, North Ambae, Vanuatu. Early Sabbath morning, March 31, the village was inundated with water, rocks and soil, destroying people’s homes, the Adventist church,...

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Prime Minister thanks ADRA volunteers

Prime Minister thanks ADRA volunteers

A team of volunteers from the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) have been personally thanked by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian for their efforts responding to the devastating...

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Adventist student’s incredible story of survival

Adventist student’s incredible story of survival

Taauke Ruevita was one of just seven survivors of the Kiribati ferry tragedy, which claimed more than 80 lives in January. The 15-year-old Kauma Adventist High School student was also the youngest person to survive. She shared her incredible...

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Young people organize food and water drives for Global Youth Day 2018

Young people organize food and water drives for Global Youth Day 2018

Adventist youth around the world deliberately missed out on hearing a sermon on Saturday, March 17, choosing instead to “Be The Sermon” in celebration of Global Youth Day 2018 Thousands of young Adventists ran water and food drives in their...

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Adventists among first to respond to PNG earthquake

Adventists among first to respond to PNG earthquake

Seventh-day Adventists were among the first to respond after a powerful earthquake devastated villages in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The 7.5 magnitude quake struck the Southern Highlands region of PNG on February 26, with 122 reported deaths. Since...

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Church aims to become a center of influence

Church aims to become a center of influence

Mt Druitt Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australia is planning to ramp up its community outreach after receiving a $A15,000, or USD11,000, grant from the NSW Government. The grant is part of the Community Building Partnership program, which funds...

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