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Women's Leadership Development Group

Meet the Group



Jax Clark

Jax Clark is a residential Post-Graduate student at St John's College where she lives with her two daughters. 


Jax completed her dissertation last year on "What the Church could learn from 12-Step Recovery programmes", and is currently completing a Master in Professional Practice with Otago Polytechnic in lin values-based leadership. 

In 2022, she was been discerned as a Transitional Deacon in the Diocese in wellington and will be relocating to the Lyall Bay Renew Community to lead their team.  Jax also serves on the Board of the Loyal Workshop in Kolkata and is keen to build her governance experience and serve in this space.   Jax enjoys the outdoors, politics writing and spending time with her family.

Jax has been helping to coordinate this new initiative in 2022 and will keep you updated heading into 2023.


Ripeka Bijl

Ripeka Bijl (Ngāti Mutunga) is from Taranaki. She grew up in Stuttgart and London before training at The Oxford School of Drama and coming home to Aotearoa to pursue acting.


She met her husband whilst performing as Lady Anne in Richard III, and Bianca in Taming of the Shrew at Pop-Up Globe where they fell in love. She and Eddie run a little theatre company specialising in Shakespeare. They have one daughter Theadora who was baptised in the Chapel.


She loves her time at Saint John’s on the path to Priesthood, and is also a student rep, sitting across multiple boards and spaces. She was awarded the St. Hilda’s Prize and the Thorpe Prize at Valedictory 2022. She is passionate about advocating for the well-being of students, and has joined WLDG to nurture, connect, and tautoko ordained women. 

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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 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.

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