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Women's Leadership Development Group

Meet the Group



Rev’d Dr Eseta Mateiviti-Tulavu

Eseta taught for 12 years in various Secondary Schools around Fiji and also in an Anglican School, a Hindu School, Catholic co-ed boarding School and a Methodist School.


She has tutored at the University of the South Pacific through DFL, and mentored and tutored students at the University of Auckland. Her subject of interest is Identity, Leadership and Discipleship. She was appointed in 2013 as Tokoni for Tikanga Polynesia and Chaplain in 2014. She is currently Tokoni for all 3 Tikanga and offers student-learning support to students across the different institutions that students in residence at St Johns are enrolled in.


Jax Clark

Jax is a very recent residential student of St John's. She completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Practical Theology with honours, exploring "What the Church could learn from 12 Step Spirituality", and is currently completing a Masters in Professional Practice with Otago Polytech in values-based leadership.

In 2022 Jax was discerned and ordained a Transitional Deacon in the Diocese of Wellington and has relocated to be the Ministry Unit Leader for Lyall Bay Community Church - a pioneering, re-new community. 

Jax held a coordination role in the Women's Leadership Development space at St John's last year and as a current member is discerning the shape of her contribution going forward.


Jax loves the outdoors, theatre and spending time with her girls - and would love coffee if you are in Wellington!

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Moeawa Callaghan

Moeawa is an experienced programme designer and co-ordinator, undergraduate and postgraduate academic supervisor and administrator. She has a background in Anglicanism, Practical Theology, Christian Thought, Treaty, and Maori and Indigenous Theologies. Moeawa has a PhD in Theology (University of Auckland 2011), Master of Arts (Hons.), (Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California 1999), Bachelor of Theology (University of Auckland 1997), Te Whare Wananga o Te Rau Kahikatea - Diploma Social Services 1993.


Rev’d Dr Nyasha Gumbeze

Nyasha is an ordained alumnus of St John’s Theological College. She serves in the Diocese of Auckland as Vicar of St Michael’s and St Mark’s in Henderson. Nyasha and her family came from Zimbabwe 19 years ago. She attended Laidlaw College, is a graduate of the University of Auckland and completed a Doctorate in Ministry in 2019 through Virginia Theological Seminary.

Nyasha is passionate about people from all walks of life. For many years she was the Link Representative for the Diocese of Auckland on the Anglican Women Studies Centre. 

Currently, she is a Councillor on the same board. Nyasha is passionate about women fully taking advantage of the opportunities given to them and seeks to encourage those interested in theological study to put their hands up when opportunities are presented to better themselves. She believes if given equal opportunities women can excel in every way possible.

Further to her love of people she has an eye for nice shoes and enjoys having a good laugh with friends, time outdoors and is a physical exercise fanatic. Above Nyasha is a disciple of Jesus Christ.

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