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Arohanui: Letters from Shoghi Effendi to New Zealand

  • Author:
  • Shoghi Effendi

  • Source:
  • Bahá’í Publishing Trust of Suva, Fiji Islands, 1982 edition
  • Pages:
  • 104
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Pages 67-68

(60) June 16th, 1954

Secretary, National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Australia and New Zealand.
Dear Bahá’í Brother:
…He was very happy to see that Mrs Dunn was able to attend the New Zealand Bahá’í Summer School. For a woman of her age, this was surely a remarkable achievement, and must have been a great inspiration to the New Zealand friends, coming as she did so freshly from the last Intercontinental Teaching Conference held in New Delhi….
He attaches great importance to teaching the aboriginal Australians, and also in converting more Maoris to the Faith, and hopes that the Bahá’ís will devote some attention to contacting both of these minority groups….
[From the Guardian:]
Dear and valued co-workers:
…The multiplication of Bahá’í isolated centres, groups and local assemblies, in both Australia and New Zealand—a process that has been steadily and rapidly developing since the inauguration of the Ten-Year Plan, is likewise of paramount importance in the years immediately ahead. The development of these institutions, particularly in New Zealand, will no doubt hasten the emergence of an independent National Spiritual Assembly in that territory, and will lend a tremendous impetus to the onward march of the Faith in those regions….
The purchase of a building in Auckland destined to serve as the National Hazíratu’l-Quds of the Bahá’ís of New Zealand, is yet another objective on which attention should 68 be immediately focused—in anticipation of the erection of yet another pillar of the future House of Justice in that remote part of the world….
(Extract, ibid., pp. 118, 119, 121, 122)