2023 Festival Speakers

Mike Pilavachi

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His name alone sets us all a-flutter. We’re ecstatic to have Mike back to his New Wine NZ family to impart his wisdom and unique brand of humour. Storyteller, scholar, passionate follower of Jesus – Mike will get us thinking, crying and pressing into God’s heart. He’s an MBE recipient (wowzas), leader of Soul Survivor Watford, international speaker and author who is passionate about church being family and wants to encourage all to live naturally supernatural lives.
In his previous life he was an accountant who could never quite balance the books but now he travels the world sharing his passions for Jesus – and his terrible jokes. At home he loves to sit in his garden, watch his grape vines grow and cook Greek feasts. 

Check out this video for the story of Soul Survivor festivals which Mike led for its duration from 1993 – 2019.

Charlie & Anita Cleverly

We’re absolutely stoked to have Charlie and Anita joining us from Oxford, UK. After leading St Aldate’s church for 18 years they embraced a call from God to support leaders all around the world including lucky us here in New Zealand. A hallmark of their ministry is that church should be a house of prayer for all nations; we’re sure it’s this that’s wooed them to us, not just our incredible wine. They have authored several books, including ‘Faithful Grandparents’, ‘Deep Night, Bright Morning’, ‘The Song of Songs’ and ‘The Discipline of Intimacy’. Their books and their ministry remind us that nobody goes entirely untouched by hurt, grief, or pain but that these times of lament can guide people toward the light and love of Christ. Charlie and Anita are passionate about seeing believers pursuing God and His calling on their lives. We’re excited to have this powerhouse couple at New Wine 2023 – and can’t wait to see how God will use them to speak into the lives of His people here in Aotearoa.

Steve Maina

Steve immigrated to New Zealand from Kenya over a decade ago, on arrival he took up a post as head of the New Zealand Church Missionary Society, before being ordained as Bishop of the Diocese of Nelson (a third-generation bishop!). Steve brings a down-to-earth message which remains the same no matter what field he serves in.

“We are to share the good news in whatever form or shape it takes… the Lord Jesus Christ has come and died for us and been raised up again to give us life in abundance. That is the message.”

He’s coming to New Wine with his equally inspiring wife, Watiri, so join us for New Wine 2023 to see them both!

Justin Duckworth


Justin is familiar feet on the New Wine stomping ground (quite literally!). His message of community and connection speaks straight to the heart of New Wine DNA and we’re richer for having Justin in the whānau. That shared passion for equipping and encouraging the people of God and working together for a better world has also been a hallmark of Justin’s work with youth and community over the past 20 years. He’s pioneered many impactful projects, and along with his wife Jenny, founded Urban Vision. Justin hails from Lower Hutt, has dreadlocks, usually wears shorts and bare feet and has a life focus on serving the poor. If you want to hear more – you know what to do! Join us at New Wine 2023!

Jasmine Fidow-Miava


Jasmine is one of our all time favourites! We need more! She has the rare ability to draw people towards God through her message of restoration and grace. When coupled with keen prophetic insights her messages are both equipping and challenging, dynamic and downright spine tingling. All kiwi’s know that navigating our way out of these challenging years will take encouragement, empowerment and love – which is why Jasmine is with us for 2023. Jas is married to Nauma Maiava and they are active members of St. Martin’s Presbyterian Church in Papatoetoe, Auckland. We can’t wait to be together at New Wine ’23. Bring on January!

Find out more on Jasmine’s website here!

Grant Norsworthy


Most New Zealanders are aware of at least one piece of Grant Norsworthy’s work. During the 2020 pandemic, Grant gathered together 200 plus Kiwi singers, instrumentalists and technicians to produce the
‘virtual choir’ song and video The Blessing | Aotearoa/New Zealand that became an online and NZ Christian Radio/TV hit. But New Zealanders may not be aware of Grant’s other work and background.

An Aussie who was based in Nashville, Tennessee, USA from 2002 to 2018, Grant Norsworthy achieved considerable success as a professional musician including a Grammy®️ nomination, a Dove Award,
extensive touring, recording and radio hits with bands like Paul Colman Trio and Sonicflood. Now conducting global ministry work from his Nelson, New Zealand home base, Grant uses his uncommon
teaching gift, humour, candour and musicianship to encourage audiences to deeper faith in Christ and good works.

As the founder, content developer and principal instructor for More Than Music Mentor (www.MoreThanMusicMentor.com) he provides high quality online and onsite training for the heart and the art of worshiping musicians.

Check out Grant’s website to find out more. 

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