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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.



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.



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


Hei timatanga korero: Maori language regenesis and Mihinare clergy.

(2000) University of Canterbury.

Rangi Nicholson.

This thesis is about Maori language regenesis and the role of the Maori Anglican Church. It draws upon current research into language endangennent, language revival, language revitalisation and language reversal from an international sociolinguistic perspective. In particular, it explores Fishman's (1991) reversing language shift model within the context of the Maori Anglican Church.