Welcome to Te Kupenga
Catholic Leadership Institute

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Te Kupenga is the home of three national agencies: the Catholic Theological College, responsible for providing approved tertiary qualifications; the National Centre for Religious Studies, responsible for supporting religious education in Catholic schools and adult faith formation; and the Nathaniel Centre for Bioethics, responsible for research and advocacy on bioethical issues.

Our organisations

This is the branch of Te Kupenga that deals with Tertiary Education. We provide courses at levels 5, 6 and 7 on the National Qualifications Framework.

We are an NZQA registered Private Training Establishment with a particular focus on providing courses for seminarians and for teachers in Catholic schools, yet open to anyone who wants to study the theological disciplines at a post-secondary level.


The National Centre for Religious Studies (NCRS) is responsible for the production of religious education and catechetical programmes at early childhood, primary and secondary levels for schools and parishes.

We also produce adult education courses such as Walk by Faith and teacher formation programmes including “Having Life to the Full” (a Catholic course in Human Sexuality).


The Nathaniel Centre is the New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre. The Centre was established on 1 May 1999 as the official agency of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Conference for bioethics.

We seek to bring the light of the Gospel and the moral tradition of the Catholic Church to issues in bioethics.


Nathaniel Report 61

Issue 61 The Referendum Questions, Suicide & Ethical Issues with Vaccines

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