Necta Montes Rocas, regional secretary of WSCF AP, visited Fiji island from November 16 to 20 and Aotearoa/New Zealand from 21 to 26, 2008. The aim of the visit was to re-establish contacts and networks in the Pacific Islands and explore possibilities of revitalizing the ecumenical student movement in the South Pacific Islands. The visit to Aotearoa/New Zealand aimed to discuss and meet with senior friends, university chaplains and students to strengthen the work of the SCM in the campuses.
During her visit to Fiji, Necta was hosted by the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) in Suva. She met with Raju Fong and Makoni Pulu, program staff and the interns of PCC to discuss the concerns and issues of young people in the Churches and the work of the PCC among the youth. She also met with students leaders of Student Life and Christian Fellowship at the University of South Pacific (USP), students and School Principal Rev. Epineri Vakadewavosa of the Devalevu Methodist Theological College, students of St John the Baptist Anglican Seminary and Rev. Tevita Banivanua, General Secretary of South Pacific Association of Theological Schools (SPATS). She also visited and met with Wise Ramoce,Youth Program Coordinator of the ECREA. In summarizing her visit to Fiji, Necta commented that, “the visit yielded different avenues and possibilities in which WSCF can work in partnership with established church and ecumenical institutions such as PCC and SPATS in serving and working with the youth and students in the Pacific islands, particularly in ecumenical leadership formation.”
In Aotearoa/New Zealand, she met with senior friends and university chaplains in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch. In Wellington, SCMA National Committee Group (NCG) members, Suni Abraham and Michael Perkins organized a get-together with senior friends on November 23, where possibilities of reviving the student group at the Victoria University was discussed. Necta also visited Ramsey House and met with Dr. Tim McKenzie, the university chaplain of Victoria University. In Christchurch, NCG members Fiona Dalton and Mandla Duble organized a get-together at the St. Giles Church Hall where more than 30 senior friends and a few student members came to discuss the situation and future of the SCM. She also visited the SCM office at the Church World Service (CWS) building and met with the CWS staff.