Māori Pastoral Care Vicariate

Hūtia te rito o te harakeke, kei hea te kōmako e kō?
Uia mai koe ki ahau, ‘He aha te mea nui o te ao?’
Māku e kī atu,
‘He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.’


As you rightly treasure your culture, let the Gospel of Christ continue to penetrate and permeate it, confirming your sense of identity as a unique part of God’s household.”

Pope Saint John Paul II, Auckland, 1986


The Māori Vicariate provides advice and support for Māori and faith communities within the Archdiocese of Wellington.

Monsignor Gerard Burns

Parish Priest for Te Pāriha o Te Ngākau Tapu – Personal parish for Māori.

Ph: 04 496 1737                      Email: g.burns@wn.catholic.org.nz

Vicar for Māori / Tūranga Māori

Deacon Danny Karatea-Goddard
Ph: 04 496 1755                      Email: d.Karatea-Goddard@wn.catholic.org.nz

Cell phone: 021 509 431

Kaiāwhina Māori (part time)

Rangimoeroa Waikari-Panapa

Ph: 04 496 1760                      Email: r.waikari@wn.catholic.org.nz


2019 Māori Pastoral Care Appeal 

Mō te tika, mō te pono, mō te aroha (For justice, truth and love)

The Māori Pastoral Care Appeal is ongoing throughout the year. Envelopes are available from the Māori Pastoral Care office, contact details above.

We are always grateful for your support, prayers and donations to help with the pastoral care of Māori communities in the Archdiocese. Mā te Atua koutou katoa e manaaki e tiaki hoki.

Archdiocese of Wellington Catholic Colleges  

See Archdiocese of Wellington Catholic schools and colleges.

Catholic Māori Colleges

There are three Catholic Māori boarding schools in New Zealand.

St Joseph’s Māori Girls’ College (Napier)

Hāto Pāora College (Fielding)

Hāto Pētera College (Northcote, Auckland)


This is the annual gathering between colleges in the Archdiocese of Wellington and in the diocese of Palmerston North where schools compete for the O’Shea Shield. The O’Shea Shield includes oratory, religious questions, religious drama and scripture readings in te reo Māori.

St Peter’s College, Palmerston North is hosting the O’Shea Shield in 2019. Dates are yet to be notified.



O’SHEA SHIELD: Scripture Readings in te reo Māori

In 2015, Bishop Charles Drennan of Palmerston North introduced scripture reading in te reo Māori at the O’Shea Shield competition.

Previous Years’ Results:

2018 Section A: Te Kaipānui i Te Kupu Cup (donated by Bishop Charles Drennan) – St Joseph’s Māori Girls College, Napier

2018 Section B: Te Kaipānui i Te Kupu Cup (donated by Cardinal John Dew) – St John’s College, Hastings

2017 Section A – Sacred Heart Girls’ College, New Plymouth & St Patrick’s College, Silverstream.

2017 Section B – Cullinane College, Whanganui  & St Bernard’s College, Lower Hutt.

2016 Section A – Hāto Pāora College

2016 Section B – Sacred Heart Girls College, Napier

2015 Section A – St Joseph’s Māori Girls College, Napier
2015 Section B – Cullinane College Whanganui


Rauemi – Resources

A resources page currently features hīmene and waiata by St Joseph’s Māori Girls’ choir.

St Joseph’s Māori Girls’ College

Hui Aranga 2019 – to be held at Hawera, Taranaki and hosted by Araukuku Club. 

This is an annual Māori celebration at Easter. It is held in a different rohe (areas) each year. Ohakune hosted the Hui Aranga in 2018. Hawera will host the Hui Aranga in 2019.

The Good Friday service includes rangatahi (youth) re-enacting Christ’s Passion.

Weekend competitions include religious quizzes for mokopuna, rangatahi and kaumatua, choir and sacred solo singing, kapahaka and sports.

Te Rūnanga o te Hāhi Katorika ki Aotearoa

The Rūnanga is a national advisory council to the New Zealand Bishops Conference (NZCBC). For more information please see Rūnanga o te Hāhi Katorika. There are two representatives on the Rūnanga for the Archdiocese of Wellington:

Mrs Rangi Hau, Wellington
North Island representative 
Ph: 04-478 5060

Ms Jaana Kahu, Kaikōura
South Island representative 
Email: Jaana Kahu

Young Catholic Leader (YCL)

The camp for YCL is held in December each year for Y12 students to prepare them for school leadership roles in Y13. The camp is organised by the Family and Young Church Ministries Vicariate of the Archdiocese.