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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.

Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing pledges one million servings of Weet-Bix to families in need

Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing pledges one million servings of Weet-Bix to families in need

Aug 18, 2016

Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing pledged one million servings of its popular Weet-Bix cereal to help those finding it difficult to make ends meet. The...

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Nationwide mourning for late leader of Adventist Church in Papua New Guinea

Nationwide mourning for late leader of Adventist Church in Papua New Guinea

Jul 18, 2016

The death of the 54-year-old president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Papua New Guinea has prompted nationwide mourning. Geoffrey Pomaleu’s...

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President of the Adventist Church in Papua New Guinea passes at age 54

President of the Adventist Church in Papua New Guinea passes at age 54

Jul 05, 2016

Geoffrey Pomaleu, president of the Papua New Guinea Union Mission (PNGUM) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church passed away Monday, July 4, at Angau...

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Hope Channel churns out record 410 shows for South Pacific islanders

Hope Channel churns out record 410 shows for South Pacific islanders

May 19, 2016

Seventh-day Adventist-owned Hope Channel has pumped out an unprecedented 410 television programs in five weeks in Fiji as part of a major effort to...

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Worst cyclone to ever hit Fiji cuts power, water, and communication

Feb 22, 2016

Twenty-four hours after Cyclone Winston smashed Fiji the full picture of the destruction remains unknown. Power, water, communication, roads and...

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Bushfire claims lives, Adventist Church campground in Western Australia

Bushfire claims lives, Adventist Church campground in Western Australia

Jan 11, 2016

A bushfire in Western Australia’s southwestern region killed two people and destroyed more than 140 buildings, including several structures at a...

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