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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.

Australian children write letters to mission story heroes

Australian children write letters to mission story heroes

A group of children in Australia celebrated three months of weekly mission stories from India by coloring Indian flags, preparing Indian cuisine, and writing letters to people featured in the...

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New Zealand fun run supports ADRA

New Zealand fun run supports ADRA

Charity fun runs held during the recent North and South New Zealand Big Camps have raised almost $1500US ($NZD2000) for family and community projects across the Adventist Development and Relief Agency...

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Program for teenage girls tours Pacific

Program for teenage girls tours Pacific

Before retiring, outgoing South Pacific Division women’s ministries director, Erna Johnson, toured the Pacific, holding a series of meetings for teenage girls. Significant events on the tour included...

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5000 Pathfinders chosen to serve at union camporee in Papua New Guinea

5000 Pathfinders chosen to serve at union camporee in Papua New Guinea

More than 5000 Pathfinders attended a week-long camporee in Central Province, Papua New Guinea, from January 7-13.  The Pathfinders, from the nine local missions and one conference in the Papua New...

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Adventists lead reconciliation in PNG Highlands

Adventists lead reconciliation in PNG Highlands

They came in mourning, covered with repentant ashes and mud and cutting their clothes—old people, adults, youths and children. The whole community cried and brought food, money and live animals as sin...

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1000 “Just for You” bags support children in distress

1000 “Just for You” bags support children in distress

One thousand children admitted to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (Sydney) due to crisis or abuse have received comfort through an Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and local church...

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