About Marine Reach Ministries


Marine Reach is based in beautiful Tauranga, New Zealand and has been serving the Asia-Pacific rim nations since its inception in 1990. We are a Christian voluntary organisation of trained professionals and dedicated volunteers delivering much-needed medical care, education and community development projects to those in need worldwide. We are committed to helping make a difference in the lives of others.

Marine Reach, the maritime arm of Youth With A Mission (YWAM), is dedicated to using waterborne vessels to demonstrate the hope and compassion of Jesus Christ to those in need around the world through oceans, seas, lakes and rivers. The use of ships is the most efficient means of bringing the medical personnel, supplies and surgeries to these remote and inaccessible islands. These ship-based operations have now expanded to include trucks, shipping containers and mobile clinics in more than 20 countries.

On June 29, 2015 we launched our new vessel, the “Pacific Hope,” from the Port of Tauranga for its first official outreach. This signalled the end of the refit season and the beginning of a new era for Marine Reach Ministries.

Marine Reach is a Not for Profit organisation registered with the Charities Commission of New Zealand.


We support the local health systems by working alongside local health personnel in their vital work. Clinics are set-up in remote villages, where there is little or no access to healthcare. Hundreds of patients have received their eyesight back through cataract surgeries and thousands more have been given reading glasses and dental treatment.

Medical programmes are specialised in the following areas:

  • Opthalmology
  • Dentistry
  • Primary Health Care
  • Physiotherapy Services
  • Health Education

Across 24 years of ministry, Marine Reach has served over 450,000 people with free medical services.


Marine Reach is part of the international, interdenominational missions movement, Youth With A Mission (also known as YWAM – pronounced “WHY-wham”). Our purpose is simply to know God and to make Him known.

When YWAM began in 1960, our main focus was giving young people opportunities to demonstrate the love of Jesus to the whole world, according to His command in Mark 16:15. Today, we still focus on youth, but we have members of almost every age and many of our short-term efforts have grown into long-term endeavours that have impacted lives and nations.

YWAM has a decentralised structure that encourages new vision and the exploration of new ways to change lives through training, through conveying the message of the gospel, and through caring for those in need. We are currently operating in more than 1,000 locations in over 180 countries, with nearly 20,000 on full-time staff.


Marine Reach is broken down into three divisions with the same three focuses for each part of the ministry:


Marine Reach provides training for young and old in our Discipleship Training Schools, Schools of Navigation and Seamanship and in the near future Introduction to Primary Health Care. Marine Reach Training offers a number of exciting and different Discipleship Training Schools (DTS) to choose from. Have a look around our training website and pick the school that best suits you!


Marine Reach believes in the two-handed gospel. In the one hand we provide free health care to the poor in the isolated areas of the Pacific Islands. In the other hand we bring the good news of Jesus Christ sharing with others the hope and compassion found in a relationship with Jesus Christ.


Marine Reach is focused on all three of these areas, however, Mercy Ministries is of paramount focus for us. Providing free medical services to those in need around the globe is a clear expression of the mercy of God through our hands and feet. Marine Reach’s motto is: Our hands…God’s Heart.

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We love telling the story of lives touched around the world through Marine Reach. We would love to have some of our staff visit churches, youth groups, clubs or medical symposiums. Just fill in the form here and let us know if you’re interested. We’ll contact you and set up a time. Thank You!