Autumn Leaves NZ Limited is a Christian resource and service organisation. Our purpose is to serve the Christian community and reach out to those individuals who are searching for solutions for the spiritual, physical and mental challenges that they face from day to day. We create, import and offer Bibles, books, gifts, media, health, and family resources as well as offer a variety of services via our website or in person.
As a charity, we work in the areas of:
• Fostering individuals, churches and community groups by supplying Christian books, media and events.
• Nurturing children by providing character-building books, toys, gifts and home-school resources.
• Helping families with resources to support marriage, family, child-rearing, and various personal challenges we all face from time to time. We are a registered organisation for performing marriages and we assist many families through grief and funeral services.
• Promoting preventative health and lifestyle. We have a sub-brand, Lifestyle Works that supplies practical lifestyle training events and media resources, health & cooking books and a selection of health products.
We serve all of these areas in a Christian framework using Biblical principles that have positively built up societies in the past and seek to promote and nurture individuals to face challenges and find answers in our changing world.
Be in touch and see how we can help you, or you can help us to help others!
Autumn Leaves took its name from the desire to scatter messages of truth, grace, love, peace and hope like the leaves of autumn. It still holds to the original mission of helping others in a practical and beneficial way.
The main field of work includes New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands, with more and more reach worldwide. Although the work is wide and varied, Autumn Leaves is still relatively small in regards to company and budget.
Doug & Angela Hurley
Founders Doug and Angela Hurley are both from established local families in rural Canterbury, New Zealand. In the 1980's when they were raising their young children, they started to look for practical ways to best prepare the family to face the world they were growing into while also dealing with some personal health challenges themselves.
Through their own search and discoveries, they found simple and practical solutions that they implemented into their lifestyle. Having a heart to help others, and continuing to learn as they went, they took the benefits that they were enjoying and began to share them. These expanded into practical, social, family, spiritual, and health aspects. This passion for helping others soon took over their regular work and developed into a family ministry based in their home and garage.
Over the years, the demand for the simple yet proven principles they shared grew; they registered as a charity and took on staff. The organisation grew to include events such as family camps, youth camps, health and cooking classes as well as offering imported and locally generated resources, visits by international speakers, and production of media for distribution and nationwide television.
All of Doug and Angela's four children have enjoyed the family and ministry life and they have all have worked for the organization at some point, with three of them currently involved as well as pursuing other family and community endeavors.
The charitable company operated from Doug and Angela's home on a rural property in Ashley, near Rangiora and as it grew, these facilities became too small and fragmented for the increased demand. With the expansion into media production requiring better facilities, an ambitious project was initiated to build a larger, custom designed building in Rangiora itself to make the ministry’s services more effective and more available to the public.
Autumn Leaves was established as a family passion to share the benefits of Christianity and as such is not owned or controlled by a larger organisation, church or denomination.
Our experience and observation has developed less focus on religion and more on practical Christianity.
Christianity is a faith based on the Bible. It gets it name from the New Testament understanding that Jesus Christ came, in love, to save the human race from guilt and destruction of sin and will come again to eradicate sin and evil. This has its foundation in the Old Testament of the Bible which reveals God as creator and His continual involvement throughout history and hence our accountability to Him and the laws and principles He gave for our benefit and happiness.
Some of our staff enjoy fellowship with local congregations of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and due to their more complete emphasis on the complete Bible, quite a number of the products we supply are sourced from Seventh-day Adventist authors or publishers, although we stock a diverse range of items from a variety of sources that we have seen to be beneficial for scattering God’s truth like the leaves of autumn.