Te Kupenga – About Us

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.


Te Kupenga means “the net” or “the fishing net” and harks to the first four disciples of Jesus – Andrew, Peter, James and John.


Te Kupenga was created by a merger of Good Shepherd College in Auckland and the Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand (TCI).


Our Board is appointed by the Bishops of New Zealand and is made up of senior leaders from across the country.

CEO Welcome

A welcome from Te Kupenga chief executive, Dr Areti Metuamate


Te Kupenga policies relevant to staff and students can be found here

Te Kupenga - Catholic Leadership Institute

The Catholic Theological College Auckland campus has moved to St Columba Centre 40 Vermont Street Ponsonby from 02 May 2022.
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