Structure

Te Kupenga was created by a merger of Good Shepherd College (GSC) in Auckland and the Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand (TCI).  They have merged into a single organisation called Te Kupenga – Catholic Leadership Institute as of 1 January 2020.

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 permanent staff of 34, and almost 20 sessional lecturers and contractors.

Te Kupenga is owned by the six diocesan Bishops acting as Trustees and it is governed by a Board appointed by the Bishops. Te Kupenga is led by a Chief Executive who reports to the Board.

Leadership Team

Dr John Kleinsman

Dr John Kleinsman

Acting Chief Executive & Director of the Nathaniel Center

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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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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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Dr Areti Metuamate

Dr Areti Metuamate

Consultant

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Staff

We have an exceptional team of academics, teachers, researchers, administrators, and leaders based across New Zealand. The central office is in Wellington CBD and is also the offices of the Nathaniel Centre.  Our main campus of the Catholic Theological College is in Ponsonby, Auckland, and the National Centre for Religious Studies team is mainly based in Dunedin. We also have staff in Hamilton and Palmerston North, with local diocesan staff supporting us in Christchurch.

Tekupenga - Catholic Theological College

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