Papua New Guinea

Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea has an estimated population of over 7 million (with approximately 250,000 Anglicans) and occupies the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and numerous offshore islands. Over 80% of people live in rural areas, relying on subsistence farming. There is great diversity in the country with over 800 languages spoken.

In 2020 (as in 2019) Anglican Missions is not providing financial support for any specific projects in Papua New Guinea. Nevertheless we continue to work in partnership with PNG; and with the H & W Williams Trust whose grant provides support particularly for the Theological Colleges. Read about our projects to date below.

While there are many educational and health issues in the country Anglican Missions is partnering with ACPNG in the areas of theological training, micro-economic development, evangelism and church administration (which is essential for such a diverse and growing church).

The Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea (ACPNG) is a young Church, becoming an independent Province within the Anglican Communion in 1978. It is contributing significantly to the health, education and wellbeing of many communities throughout the country at a time of rapid change.

Comprising five dioceses: Port Moresby; Aipo Rongo; Popondota; Dogura, and New Guinea Islands, ACPNG has approximately 170 priests covering 125 parishes, with many more associated out-stations and chapels, serviced by a network of trained catechists and evangelists. Some priests provide a chaplaincy service to a number of specialist ACPNG, or external, institutions and services. Some are involved in theological training at ACPNG's two residential institutions: Newton Theological College in Popondetta and Kerina Evangelists Training College at Tsendiap. The growth in the Church is seeing an ever increasing need for more trained catechists and priests. 

The Henry & William Williams Memorial Trust provides generous support through ACPNG for theological education covering the operation of Newton Theological College and Kerina Evangelist College as well as supporting the Bishops' ministry/travel. This funding is directed to PNG via Anglican Missions.

NZCMS Mission Partner, Margaret Poynton will continue to serve in PNG returning this year in the role of women & children’s worker in the Diocese of Dogura. Margaret is funded by our partner, NZCMS.  If you would like to receive her email newsletter and pray for Margaret, contact NZCMS email: to receive their resources

Photos: from Dogura Diocese

Also there are two new Mission Partners, John and Elaine who will be working in Kapuna – read about them in the NZCMS news sheet Interchange 22 March 2019

Read here the latest newsletter (Dec 2019) from the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea.

Read Oct-Nov 2019 newsletter 

Previous & on-going Partnership Projects

  • Photo: Margaret with Justice Sir Bernard Sakora, Chancellor for ACPNG. NZCMS Mission Partner, Margaret Poynton, was Executive Assistant to Archbishop Allan during 2017- 2018.She also assisted with the theological colleges in PNG.
    The current Assistant to the Archbishop of ACPNG is Mrs Thelma Guni. more»
    Archbishop's Office and Provincial Communication
  • Funding continues by H & W Williams Trust in 2020

    The Anglican population in PNG is far flung with every area being isolated. The Bishops need to take various travels by boat and plane to get around their Dioceses. Travel around PNG is not easy; more»
    Bishop Outreach in Remote Areas
  • Support is continuing through the H & W Williams Trust in 2020

    Newton Theological College has a strong and on-going commitment to providing theologically competent and well equipped priests in Papua New Guinea. The day to day life of the College is sustained by more»
    Newton Theological College
  • Support is continuing through the H & W Williams Trust in 2020

    Photo: 2018 staff at Kerina; L to R Principal, Fr George Kasme, Mother Mary Wali (women's programme), Talitha (literacy), Associate Lecturer, Fr Adam Wali.
    Situated in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea at Tsendiap in the remote Lower Jimi, Kerina Evangelists' College is a centre for the training of catechists. It is an isolated place accessible, weather permitting, by a sole MAF plane once a week. Kerina Evangelists' College is supported by ABM (the Australian Board of Mission), PNGCP UK (Papua New Guinea Church partnership), as well as Anglican Missions here in NZ. more»
    Kerina Evangelists' College
  • Support is no longer required

    Projects that have been completed in Papua New Guinea such as the Tractor for Dogura Project from 2011 which was completed through a special appeal. more»
    Finished Projects