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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.

350 young adults converge to praise God and be inspired

350 young adults converge to praise God and be inspired

More than 350 young adults from across Australia enjoyed a weekend of spiritual and social highlights at this year’s Converge camp. Held at the Stuarts Point Convention Centre (NSW), February 16-19, the camp is promoted as a time to “come hang out...

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ADRA delivers hundreds of food parcels as Tonga clean-up continues

ADRA delivers hundreds of food parcels as Tonga clean-up continues

ADRA South Pacific is on the ground in Tonga responding to the widespread and urgent need caused by Tropical Cyclone Gita.  South Pacific emergency response coordinator Michael Peach has been assisting the Tongan Seventh-day Adventist Church in...

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A Bible for every Pacific student

A Bible for every Pacific student

A Bible for every student in an Adventist school in the Pacific is the impetus for a new “missional” edition of the World Changers Bible. South Pacific Division (SPD) youth leader Dr Nick Kross has received an order for 50,000 Bibles from the SPD...

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Adventist film wins big at IndieFEST Film Awards

Adventist film wins big at IndieFEST Film Awards

Tell the World, the 2015 sweeping docudrama of the history of the Adventist church, recently took home three Awards of Excellence, the highest-level award granted from IndieFEST Film Awards, an international independent film competition. Tell the...

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Adventist churches, schools damaged as tropical cyclone hits Tonga

Adventist churches, schools damaged as tropical cyclone hits Tonga

Seventh-day Adventist churches, schools and houses have been extensively damaged by Tropical Cyclone Gita, which tore across Tonga overnight. The Category 4 cyclone produced destructive winds of around 200km/h, and caused widespread flooding and...

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ADRA Samoa helping cyclone victims

ADRA Samoa helping cyclone victims

The Adventist Relief Agency (ADRA) in Samoa is helping those impacted by Tropical Cyclone Gita, which struck the island nation on Friday and is now heading towards Tonga. Just after midnight on Sabbath morning, ADRA opened an evacuation center at...

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