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Te Piri Poho

Creative Projects

Written Resources

Here you will discover a range of written resources, made available to you by the authors and collaborators. 

They are a mix of previously published articles from members of the St John's Theological College community, as well as reflections from students and faculty, and kauhau given over the last few years.


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Te Korowai o te Rangimārie

The Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and

Polynesia has made Te Tiriti o Waitangi and bicultural partnership key foundations of its

constitution. The papers in this book are the

outcome of a conference held in 2019 on the

theological foundations of bicultural partnership

focusing particularly on the Anglican church of this




Personal reflections from St John's Theological College students and community members. They have been shared with permission for you to use for your own reflections.


Tūrangawaewae: Whānau wellbeing for all

by Dr Lily George, Paul Gilberd, Anthea Napier, Rev’d Dr Paul Reynolds, Rev’d Jolyon White

Central to this article is the premise that we do not have a housing crisis, we have a crisis affecting whanau wellbeing. Housing is just one of the many factors that impact whanau health and wellbeing.


The complexity of whnau wellbeing is clearly apparent in the scripture in Matthew, Chapter 25 - it is about having enough good food, quality and warm housing, and enough money to survive and thrive in life.


It is about being well, physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally, and caring for those in need - a society of compassion and care.


It is about having purpose and worth and knowing our identity, rather than the fast-track to imprisonment that is mapped out for too many in our society of punishment.


It is about truly loving our neighbour and ourselves.

Statement on Theology of Turangawaewae

by Revd Katene Eruera

Commissioned by the Social Justice Unit, Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, August 2017

This statement offers a theological framework for understanding the mission of this Church (Anglican Church in Aotearoa, NZ & Polynesia) within its social justice tradition.


It takes the unique language of tūrangawaewae as its speaks to that tradition and its desire to enhance the dignity of all human beings.

He Kakano Ahau

by Revd Jacynthia Murphy

"He kākano conveys growth, development, and expansion. Even before a seed is planted or nourished, it has inherent promise to take root, emerge, and flourish. A person, like a seed, is intrinsically linked to generations who have gone and are yet to come. He kākano derives from somewhere, belongs to something, and cannot be isolated or detached from its whakapapa." 

A Celebration of Māori Theological Scholarship

Compiled by Rev Dr Wayne Te Kaawa

During the Theology Programme staff retreat at Ohope marae in 2020, staff agreed to increase the Māori content of their theology papers taught in the Programme. An obstacle to achieving this was a lack of a known published and unpublished material on the subject of Māori theology. Since that staff retreat, interest in Māori theology and doing theology within the framework of the Bible and the Treaty of Waitangi has steadily increased giving further added need for a developed list of resource material. This document is a first step towards filling that gap.

'Honour Project Aotearoa'
Report & Digital stories

Researchers: Leonie Pihama, Alison Green, Carl Mika, Matthew Roskrudge, Shirley Simmonds, Tawhanga Nopera, Herearoha Skipper & Rebekah Laurence

Honour Project Aotearoa was funded from the Rangahau Hauora Investment Stream, Health Research Council of Aotearoa. It was a 3-year research project that started in July 2016 and concluded in June 2019.

The research aim was to investigate and identify life experiences of takataapui and to gain insights into the ways in which those experiences impacted on achieving health and wellbeing, including better access to and improved provision of a range of health services. Additionally, the project aimed to give voice to takataapui expressions, experiences and aspirations for health and wellbeing, thereby reinforcing takataapui belonging – in whānau, hapū, iwi, and for future generations. - From the website

A Statement on the End of Life Choice Referendum

By Te Rūnanga Whakawhanaunga i ngā Haahi is the Māori

Te Rūnanga Whakawhanaunga i ngā Haahi is the Māori ecumenical council of churches in Aotearoa New Zealand. Established in 1982, our mission is to serve the one ecumenical movement, uplifting the prophetic voice of Māori communities of faith, and promoting Maori unity, witness and service in our churches and communities.

The Force of Truth

By Archbishop Mark MacDonald

"Many in our church, leaders included, have avoided or denied the use of the term “genocide” in describing the relationship of colonial peoples to Indigenous peoples on this land." 

Article originally found in the Anglican Journal.

In Memory of Her

By Janet Crawford

"In April 1995, two new stained-glass windows were dedicated in the chapel of the College of Saint John the Evangelist, Auckland. These windows, designed by Wellington artist Beverley Shore Bennett, depict Mary Magdalene, and Mary and Martha of Bethany. A small plaque states that they commemorate the contribution made by women to the life of the  College since its foundation in 1843."

Article originally found in The Anglican Historical Society of New Zealand Te Rōpu Hītori o te Hāhi Mīhinare ki Aotearoa 

He Wero: Tahitahia tō Tātou Whare

Editors: Dr Emily Colgan, Rev Jacynthia Murphy & Rev Dr Paul Reynolds

This booklet of five theological reflections has been compiled as a user-friendly resource that comes from a strong and proud indigenous theological and faith lens. Much of the resources that are available within the Anglican Communion come from a non-indigenous theological and faith lens. This compilation of reflections then is unique, and it is hoped will be a prophetic voice for our Anglican Church in terms of speaking out and into the areas of environmental racism and climate change.



To get a touch from the Lord is the real deal

by The Rt Rev’d Te Kitohi Pikaahu

Sermon for: Proper 8 (13) / 5th Sunday after Pentecost

He Kauhau mō Tamihana Te Rauparaha

by Matua Victor Mokaraka

Sermon on Tamihana Te Rauparaha.

Sermon Notes for Te Pouhere Sunday

by Rev'd Dr Paul Reynolds

Sermon notes for Te Pouhere Sunday and World Environment Day, June 2021

He Kauhau mō Rota Waitoa

by Matua Victor Mokaraka

Sermon on Rota Waitoa.

PhDs and Masters


Ko te mea nui, ko te aroha.Theological Perspectives on Māori Language and Cultural Regenesis Policy and Practice of the Anglican Church

(2009) University of Auckland.

Rangi Nicholson.

For almost two hundred years the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand has conducted mission and ministry through the medium of Māori language and culture. At the beginning of the twenty-first century Māori language and culture are endangered. Over the past forty years there have been regenesis efforts to revive and revitalise these cultural resources. This thesis critiques the current Māori language and cultural regenesis policy and practice of the Anglican Church through bicultural Treaty of Waitangi partnership and Māori theological lenses.

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