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

Robert Blucher

Robert Blucher

Chief Executive / Kaiwhakahaere Matua

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Dr John Kleinsman

Dr John Kleinsman

Director / Kaitohu - The Nathaniel Centre for Bioethics

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Dr John Evangelista

Dr John Evangelista

Director / Kaitohu - Catholic Theological College

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Dr Mervyn Duffy

Dr Mervyn Duffy

Dean Level 7 (Grad. Dip & BDiv)

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Susan Wilson

Susan Wilson

Dean Levels 5 & 6 (Certificate & Diploma)

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Colin MacLeod

Colin MacLeod

Director / Kaitohu - National Centre for Religious Studies (NCRS)

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Philip Doyle

Philip Doyle

Operations Manager

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Marina Schmits

Marina Schmits

Operations Manager / Kaiwhakahaere Rauemi

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Staff

We have an exceptional team of academics, teachers, researchers, administrators, and leaders based across New Zealand. Our central office and the main campus for Catholic Theological College is at St Columba Centre , Ponsonby, Auckland. Catholic Theological College staff are based in several centres including a core group in the Wellington office, which is the base for Nathaniel Centre. The National Centre for Religious Studies is based in Dunedin, and also has staff across New Zealand. We have offices bases in Hamilton, Palmerston North and Christchurch.

Te Kupenga - Catholic Leadership Institute

Enrolment for Certificate and Diploma Programmes is on-going.
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