Our People

Te Kupenga has three operating entities: the Catholic Theological College, the National Centre for Religious Studies, and the Nathaniel Centre for Bioethics. There is a staff of 34, with an additional 20 sessional lecturers and contractors across New Zealand.

Leadership Team

Dr Areti Metuamate

Dr Areti Metuamate

Chief Executive & Lecturer in Kaupapa Maori

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Dr John Evangelista

Dr John Evangelista

Dean of Catholic Theological College

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Dr Mervyn Duffy

Dr Mervyn Duffy

Head of Level 7 (Grad. Dip & BTh)

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Susan Wilson

Susan Wilson

Head of Levels 5 & 6 (Certificate & Diploma)

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Dr John Kleinsman

Dr John Kleinsman

Director of the Nathaniel Center

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Colin MacLeod

Colin MacLeod

Director of the National Centre for Religious Studies (NCRS)

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Marina Schmits

Marina Schmits

Operations Manager

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Lecturers 

Brendan Bergin

Brendan Bergin

Lecturer

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Dr Timothy Costello

Dr Timothy Costello

Lecturer in Pastoral Psychology

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Dr Brendan Daly

Dr Brendan Daly

Lecturer in Canon Law

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Dr Rocío Figueroa

Dr Rocío Figueroa

Lecturer in Theology

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Gary Finlay

Gary Finlay

Lecturer of Church History

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Margaret Fitzpatrick

Margaret Fitzpatrick

Lecturer

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Dr Sarah Hart

Dr Sarah Hart

Lecturer in Biblical Studies

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Dr David Legg

Dr David Legg

Lecturer in Philosophy

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Dr Christopher Longhurst

Dr Christopher Longhurst

Lecturer in Theology

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Cushla O’Connor

Cushla O’Connor

Presenter for Christchurch Diocese papers

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Dr John Owens

Dr John Owens

Lecturer in Philosophy

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Rory Paterson

Rory Paterson

Presenter for Christchurch Diocese papers

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Cynthia Piper

Cynthia Piper

Lecturer

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Mayte Ramos

Mayte Ramos

Lecturer in Church History and Pastoral Care Representative for Domestic Students

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Lyn Smith

Lyn Smith

NCRS Resource Developer & Lecturer

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Dr Bernard Teo

Dr Bernard Teo

Lecturer in Moral Theology

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Dr Kevin Waldie

Dr Kevin Waldie

Lecturer in Biblical Studies

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Operations Team

Zeeshan Ahmad

Zeeshan Ahmad

Registry / Administration / IT Assistant, Auckland

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Karen Cairney

Karen Cairney

Office Manager, Auckland

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Jelvine Cortez

Jelvine Cortez

Marketing and Business Development Advisor

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Veronica Kirisome

Veronica Kirisome

Project Officer, Auckland

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Melania Luka-Lui

Melania Luka-Lui

Pasifika Engagement & Admin Officer, Wellington

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CTC Support Staff

Mark Hangartner

Mark Hangartner

Librarian

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Ann King

Ann King

Registrar

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Dr Michael O’Connor

Dr Michael O’Connor

Advisor to the Dean

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Lynette Zink

Lynette Zink

Assistant Librarian

NCRS

Jo Bell

Jo Bell

NCRS Resource Developer

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Anne Kennedy

Anne Kennedy

NCRS Senior Curriculum Developer

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Laurel Lanner

Laurel Lanner

NCRS - RE Resource Developer

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Nathaniel Centre

Dr Claire Amos

Dr Claire Amos

Senior Researcher, Nathaniel Centre

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Alphabetical by Christian Name

Tekupenga - Catholic Theological College

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