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.
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.