Jesus Youth New Zealand – History

Jesus Youth New Zealand had its humble beginnings in 2006. The movement slowly but steadily grew and spread to different parts of the country. Currently Jesus Youth has active presence in about 10 cities/towns in the country. We present a timeline below to show some of our significant events.


The very first youth gathering of Jesus Youth in New Zealand took place in 2006 in Auckland.

late 2006

Bishop Patrick Dunn of Auckland became patron Jesus Youth New Zealand


In 2008 Rexband performed in Auckland as part of their World Youth Day tour.


Exult 2010, first youth retreat organised by Jesus Youth New Zealand with 14 participants.


First ever leaders gathering in 2010


Auckland prayer group ….Early Days


JY Auckland starts the Jericho Rosary March at Mount Eden, Auckland

EXULT 2011

Exult 2011, a second successful youth retreat


JY takes root in other parts of the country such as Hamilton and Christchurch.


Leaders gathering 2011


Exult 2012 takes place in Hamilton, New Zealand with 45 participants.

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JY Dunedin takes root

Exult 2013

Exult 2013 takes place in Christchurch with 75 participants. First retreat to be held in South Island.

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Exult 2014

Exult 2014 takes place in Auckland with 105 participants.

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National Conference

The first ever Jesus Youth New Zealand National Conference