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.

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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 Religious Education curricula and resources at primary and secondary school levels, and provides an early childhood curriculum.

We also produce the faith formation programme for adults, Ngā Parirau-Wings, and teacher formation programmes including “Having Life to the Full”.


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.


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