The responses of faith institutions to abuse and neglect of thousands of children, young people and vulnerable adults in their care will be examined by the Royal Commission of Inquiry during a final public hearing, from 13 to 21 October.
CATHOLIC EDUCATION - ST PATRICK’S COLLEGE SILVERSTREAM
Fr Timothy Duckworth, Provincial. Fr Timothy Duckworth is the Provincial of the New Zealand Society of Mary (often known as the Marist Fathers and Brothers) and has been in the role since the 1st of February 2020. He has been a priest for 38 years and has served in a variety of ministries and apostolates including teaching. His experience in Catholic education includes positions on Board of Proprietors, School Boards and as Dean of school boarding facilities.
Clare Couch, Chair of the Board of Proprietors. Dr Clare Couch is the chairperson of the Board of Proprietors at St Patrick's College, Silverstream since March 2020. She was appointed to the Board in 2019 and was deputy chairperson from 2019. She is also one of three Proprietor's Appointees on the College's Board of Trustees since November 2012. She has undertaken these roles on a voluntary basis. Clare's evidence speaks to her time on the Board of Proprietors of St Patrick's College Silverstream.
Robert Ferreira, Rector/Tumuaki. Robert Ferreira is currently the Rector/Tumuaki of St Patrick's College Silverstream, and has been since 2 May 2022. He was Principal of St John's College from January 2020 until his new role. He was previously a teacher for 33 years, including teaching at Palmerston North Boys' High School. Robert has not held any position in the Church outside of schools. Robert's evidence speaks as the current Rector/Tumuaki of St Patrick's College Silverstream.
Sean Mahony, Chair of the School Board. Sean Mahony serves as the current chair of the St Patrick’s College Silverstream School Board, having been in the role since 23 August 2022. He joined the Board as a Proprietor's Appointees in July 2019 and was Deputy Chair until August 2022. He is undertaking this role on a voluntary basis. Sean's evidence speaks to his time on the School Board of St Patrick's College Silverstream.
ANGLICAN CHURCH IN AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND
Most Reverend Philip Richardson – Archbishop of New Zealand The Most Reverend Philip Richardson has been a bishop since 1999 and since 2008 has been the Bishop of the Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki. Since 2013 he has also been the Archbishop of New Zealand and one of the primates of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia/Te Hahi Mihinare ki Aotearoa ki Niu Tireni, ki Nga Moutere o Te Moana Nui a Kiwa. From 1992 to 1999, Richardson was warden of Selwyn College at the University of Otago.
Right Reverend Ross Bay – Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Auckland The Rt Reverend Ross Bay has been the Bishop of Auckland since 2010 having been ordained as a priest in 1989. He also currently serves on the Board of Governors for private secondary schools King’s College and Diocesan School for Girls which both have strong links to the Anglican church. Other governance roles include Chairman of the Diocesan Council, Chairman of Trustee of King’s College, Trustee of the General Trust Board, General Church Trust Board, Auckland City Mission and President of the Selwyn Foundation.
The Most Reverend Donald Tamihere has been Te Pīhopa o Te Tairāwhiti (Bishop of Te Tairāwhiti) since 2017. In 2018, he also became Bishop of Aotearoa Head of the Maori Anglican Church & Primate & Archbishop of New Zealand. Donald has held several roles within the Amorangi, and Church nationally, including being Tumuaki (Dean) of Te Rau College in Gisborne, and Ministry Educator for Te Hui Amorangi ki Te Tairāwhiti. He also holds a number of governance roles on a number of bodies associated with the Anglican Church and private companies operating in Tairāwhiti.
ANGLICAN EDUCATION - DILWORTH SCHOOL
Aaron Snodgrass - Aaron Snodgrass is the Chairman of the Dilworth Trust Board. Mr Snodgrass attended Dilworth School from 1981 to 1989. Mr Snodgrass joined the Trust Board in 2013 before becoming Chairman in 2018. Mr Snodgrass was a member and Treasurer of the Dilworth Old Boys’ Association Council.
Dr Murray Thomas Wilton was educated at Dilworth School (1944-1954). He then was a Teacher-Housemaster at Dilworth School (1961-1968) and Headmaster (1979-1997).
Derek Firth was a Trustee at Dilworth School from 1975 to 2015. He was also Chairman 1996 to 2000 and 2009 to 2015. His responsibilities included governance of Dilworth School and stewardship of its endowment fund.
GLORIAVALE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY
Howard Temple has been the leader of the Gloriavale Community since May 2018 and a member of the Community for over thirty years. He will speak to the past and present structure of Gloriavale, the past response of the Community leaders to allegations of abuse and the changes that have since been implemented for addressing allegations of abuse.
Rachel Stedfast is the acting principal of the Community’s school and has been a teacher at the school and preschool for 20 years. Rachel will speak to matters involving education, gender, culture, disabled persons, Māori and Te Tiriti.
PRESBYTERIAN SUPPORT CENTRAL
Muhammad Naseem (Joe) Asghar, Chief Executive Office. Joe Asghar is currently Chief Executive of Presbyterian Support Central. He has been in this role since January 2021. Joe’s previous work experience spans health and government and includes roles at the Royal Society of New Zealand, Diabetes NZ, ACC and Physiotherapy NZ.
Patrick David Waite, Former Chief Executive Officer of Presbyterian Support Central (PSC). Patrick Waite was Chief Executive Officer of PSC from March 2019 until January 2021. Prior to taking up this role, Patrick worked as an Interim Chief Executive Officer of a number of organisations similar to PSC helping them through challenging times and to build strategic plans. Formerly, he was Chief Executive of Public Trust and worked both domestically and internationally in the banking industry. Patrick was awarded a Queen Service Medal (QSM) in 2012 and was New Zealand President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of NZ in 2003. He has held positions on Government Audit and Risk Committees including NZ Treasury, Parliamentary Services, Te Puni Kokori and Te Tumu Paeroa. Given his background with PSC, he has remained with PSC as a contractor in order to assist with its response to the Royal Commission and its engagement with survivors.
PRESBYTERIAN SUPPORT OTAGO
Jo O’Neill - Jo O’Neill was appointed CEO of Presbyterian Support Otago (PSO) in September 2019. She has over 20 years of experience in senior roles in the health industry, in New Zealand and the UK. Jo is a Registered Nurse with postgraduate qualifications in Health Management and Health Sciences and an active annual practicing certificate. Jo is a mum of four, aged from 12 to 25.
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND
Wayne Matheson - Rev Wayne Matheson, Presbyterian church of Aotearoa New Zealand. Wayne is the Assembly Executive Secretary for the Presbyterian Church. Prior to taking up this role in October 2014, Wayne has served as minister in Balclutha, Whangarei and Lower Hutt. He has served on various Committees in the Church, including on the Council of Assembly.
THE METHODIST CHURCH OF NEW ZEALAND
Etuini (Edwin) Poluto Talakai Etuini Poluto Talakai, Methodist Church of New Zealand Te Hāhi Weteriana o Aotearoa. Mr Talakai is currently the Vice President of the Methodist Church. He was previously the Secretary for Vahefonua Tonga O Aotearoa, a national synod of the Methodist Church (2010- 2018). Mr Talakai has also served as Secretary of the Auckland Manukau Methodist Parish since 2010. Mr Talakai attended Wesley College in 1989. He is a member of the Dominion Rd Tongan Methodist Congregation under the Auckland-Manukau Tongan Methodist Parish and has been involved with the Tongan congregation from his youth, volunteering in a number of roles including as a Worship musician, choir conductor and choir member, young families group leader, church Trustee member and a lay preacher. Mr Talakai has a background in Information Technology and established charitable foundation services that provide educational support for parents and students from ECE level to Tertiary, with a particular focus on Pacific students.
Dr Brian Evans Dr Brian Evans, ONZM, BA, Dip Tch, Med, PhD. Dr Brian Evans is the current Principal and Tumuaki of Wesley College. He was previously the Chair of the West Auckland Secondary Principals Association and a Secondary Schools Principals representative of the West Auckland Schools Association. He also held roles as Headmaster of Kelston Boys High School and Deputy Headmaster of De La Salle College. Dr Evans has a Doctor of Philosophy from Unitec, Auckland. Dr Evans’ doctoral thesis examined the influences of Cultural Capital on the educational achievement of Samoan and Tongan male students in Auckland Secondary schools. Dr Evans was appointed Head Coach of the New Zealand women’s national rugby team, the Black Ferns, in 2009. Dr Evans coached the Black Ferns to a Rugby World Cup victory in 2010. In 2011, Dr Evans became an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to women’s rugby.
Christopher Johnston Christopher Johnston, Wesley College Trust Board. Chris Johnston is the General Secretary of the Wesley College Trust Board. He has held this role since 2005. He was previously Bursar to the Wesley College Trust Board (1997-2005). Mr Johnston has served as the President of the School Executive Officers Association (2009 – 2014) and an executive member of the Association of Integrated schools (2015-2022). Mr Johnston is also the Executive Director of Grafton Downs Ltd since 2009. Grafton Downs Ltd is currently developing a residential and retail town at Paerata Rise. Earlier in his career, Mr Johnston worked as an accountant.
Reverend Tara Tautari Rev Tara Tautari, Methodist Church of New Zealand Te Hāhi Weteriana o Aotearoa. Rev Tara Tautari is the General Secretary of the Methodist Church. Prior to taking up her current role in November 2020, Rev Tautari was the General Secretary Elect of the Church from November 2019 and served on various connexional committees and Boards of the Church including the Hui Poari of Te Taha Māori. Rev Tautari has a background in education and community engagement and has worked extensively with individuals and groups both in Aotearoa and overseas, in areas of advocacy, capacity building and education and training.
Reverend Ian Faulkner Reverend Ian Faulkner, Methodist Church of New Zealand Te Hāhi Weteriana o Aotearoa. Rev Faulkner is currently a Presbyter appointed by the Methodist Church to the Auckland Methodist Central Parish. He was previously the Principal and Tumuaki of Wesley College (from 2003 - 2014). Rev Faulkner attended Wesley College from 1963 to 1967. He was previously a member of the Auckland Secondary Schools’ Heads Association, representing South Auckland Schools and President of the Bay of Plenty Principals’ Association. He has also held roles as Principal of Reporoa College, Deputy Principal of Opononi Area School and Dean, Head of Department at Mangere College.
Sekope Kepu is an Old Boy of Wesley College, attending from 1999-2004. He was a Prefect in his last two years at Wesley College, a member of the First IV rugby team and a leader of the Tongan cultural group at the College in his final years. Sekope is now a Professional Rugby Player, currently playing for the Counties Manukau rugby football union. He played over 100 tests for the Wallabies Australian rugby union squad and more recently he captained the new Moana Pasifika rugby union team in the Super Rugby competition. As an Old Boy of Wesley College, Sekope has been invited to participate in the hearing to address the forward-looking aspects of the evidence provided.
THE DIOCESES AND CONGREGATIONS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH OF AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND
Cardinal John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington and the Metropolitan of New Zealand. John Dew was ordained a priest in 1976 and served in various roles within the Archdiocese of Wellington between 1976 and 2004. In 2005, John was appointed as the Archbishop of Wellington and Metropolitan Archbishop of New Zealand. He was appointed to Cardinal in 2015. John is also the President of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference.
Sister Sue France, Congregation Leader of Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand. Sue France is a vowed Sister and is in her third year of a five-year term of office as the Congregation Leader of Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand. She is also one of the religious congregation members on Te Rōpū Tautoko.
Dr Paul Flanagan, Member of the National Safeguarding and Professional Standards Committee (NSPSC). Paul has served on the NSPSC since 2017 and is the second longest serving member of that Committee. Paul is currently a senior lecturer in a postgraduate counsellor education programme. He was previously a senior counsellor at the Parentline Child Advocacy agency in Hamilton until 2007, and a therapist with Specialist Services of Child Youth & Family until 2003. He was a Guidance Counsellor at Ngaruawahia High School from 1996 until 1999. Paul has been a member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors since 1997. As a counsellor, he worked with children and young people who were survivors of family violence and sexual harm, including ACC counselling. As a counsellor educator, he now works with masters’ level students from across Aotearoa New Zealand working in counselling practices within schools and community agencies. Paul was also an ordained priest from 1986 to 1994. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Theology, a masters in Counselling, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education - analysing the effects of adults’ language about sexuality for children.
Bishop Patrick Dunn. Bishop Dunn was appointed the Bishop of Auckland in 1994. He was the 11th Bishop of Auckland, and held this role for 27 years. Prior to being appointed as the Bishop, he did pastoral work with the Catholic Māori Mission and in various parishes within Auckland. He also held roles as the diocesan Director of Vocations, and as the personal assistant to the Bishop of Auckland. His resignation as Bishop of Auckland was accepted in 2021. Bishop Dunn is now retired and known as the Emeritus Bishop of Auckland.
Bishop Stephen Lowe is the twelfth Bishop of Auckland and the Apostolic Administrator of Hamilton until the Pope appoints a new bishop for the Hamilton diocese. He was appointed on 17 December 2021 and installed on 19 February 2022. Bishop Lowe was ordained a priest on 7 June 1996 in Hokitika for the Diocese of Christchurch. He has completed a Licenciate in Spiritual Theology in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He has also held roles as the director of formation at the National Seminary, Holy Cross College and the second Bishop of Hamilton.