Wellington, New Zealand – 30 January 2024
In response to the dynamic challenges the economic climate presents, Bible Society New Zealand announced a transformative journey to ensure our mission’s enduring impact. Today, we share pivotal changes that will shape our path towards a sustainable future with our esteemed members, partners, and the wider community.
- Office Consolidation: After more than 30 years, the Bible Society offices in Wellington will close their doors by 31 March 2024. All services will seamlessly transition and consolidate at 6 Kellow Place, Wiri, Auckland, becoming our new, centralised head office.
- Store Closures: On the same date, three Manna stores in Mt Roskill (Auckland), Whangarei, and Nelson will be closed. This decision stems from acknowledging that sustaining these retail operations has been financially challenging for some time. Additional closures of Invercargill, Gore and Hawkes Bay stores will follow by 31 May 2024.
Prayerful Deliberation: These decisions have resulted from long and prayerful consideration. We recognise the profound impact on our team members affected by these changes and the communities we serve and carry this responsibility with the utmost empathy and understanding. Making these changes has become a challenging yet inevitable step to ensure the continued vitality of our mission.
Invitation to Partnerships: We extend an invitation to the churches and potential business partners who share our vision. If you want to acquire any of the stores, please contact us. Your involvement could be crucial in preserving the essence of these community spaces, albeit Bible Society New Zealand can no longer financially sustain these operations.
Continued Commitment: While retail challenges prompt these changes, our commitment to serving our customers and stakeholders remains resolute. We will continue to operate through our e-commerce and fulfilment centres, ensuring accessibility to our resources and services. We encourage you to continue your faithful support in this regard.
Navigating Forward: As we embark on this transformation journey, we extend our gratitude to our members, partners, and communities who have been the heartbeat of Bible Society New Zealand. Together, we are charting a course toward a future where our mission remains vibrant and impactful.
Contact Information: For further inquiries, expressions of interest, or to share your thoughts, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Lawrence Sami, Director – Finance, Planning and Resources., at any time at +64 22 120 6607 or email: email@example.com
In the spirit of resilience and unity, we appreciate your unwavering support as we navigate these changes together.
Neels Janse van Rensburg
Group Chief Executive Officer