When a homosexual minister was appointed to a leadership position in the Methodist church in Christchurch, many Tongans were very unhappy. In Ōtāhuhu the conflict eventually resulted in most of the critics being locked out of the local Methodist church. This 300-strong congregation held a service beneath a makeshift marquee in a neighbouring driveway.
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New Zealand Herald
Reference: 7 May 2001
Photograph by Kenny Rodger
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