News Release

Auckland Congregation and Neighbours Clean-up Mangere Bridge Shoreline

Church and Community leaders thank volunteers in a devotional after the clean-up

On Saturday, 15 February over 300 members of the Penrose Stake, a group of congregations in Auckland New Zealand of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, gathered with their neighbors at Mangere Bridge to clean up the shore area. 

This project was part of a South Pacific Area-wide initiative called “Come and Help.”  

The initiative is resulting in many South Pacific projects where neighbors and friends are invited to join with Latter-day Saints to help improve their communities.


The day after the cleanup project, community members were invited to a devotional at a local Latter-day Saint chapel. 

President Young-Yen of the Penrose stake thanked the volunteers for their hard work and invited those present to be involved in their communities, and to be “a part of the solution, not the problem.”

Also in attendance at the devotional were Hon. Aupito William Sio, the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Lydia Sosene, Chairperson of the Mangere/Otahuhu Community Board and David Letele, a professional boxer.

Minister Sio spoke on the importance of serviing one another, including our families,  those of our faith and our neighbors in our communities.

Mr. Letele shared his story and discussed the inspiring moments that helped him become a life coach and motivational speaker.

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