Māori 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.

Vicar for Māori

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

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

Rangimoeroa Waikari-Panapa

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



2017 Māori Pastoral Care Appeal 

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

The annual Māori Pastoral Care Appeal is ongoing throughout the year. Appeal envelopes can be forwarded on request to the Māori Pastoral Care team, 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 an annual gathering between the colleges of the Archdiocese of Wellington and 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 English and te reo Māori.

This year, St Bernard’s College, 183 Waterloo Road, Lower Hutt hosted the O’Shea Shield from Saturday, 13 May 2017 – Sunday,14 May 2017.

Ngā mihi nui ki te whānau whānui o Hāto Perenara.

St Bernard’s were the overall premier college this year, 2017, and hold the O’Shea Shield for the coming year. Congratulations to you all. 


In 2015, Bishop Charles Drennan of Palmerston North introduced scripture reading i te reo Māori.


2017 Section A: Te Kaipānui i te kupu Cup (donated by Bishop Charles Drennan) – Sacred Heart Girls’ College, New Plymouth and St Patrick’s College, Silverstream.

2017 Section B: Te Kaipānui i te kupu Cup (donated by Cardinal John Dew) – Cullinane College, Whanganui  and St Bernard’s College, Lower Hutt.

Ngā mihi nui atu ki ngā rangatahi katoa – mīharo e!

The O’Shea Shield will be held at St Catherine’s College, Kilbirnie in 2018. Nau mai, haere mai!


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

This is an annual Māori celebration of Easter. It is held in a different rohe each year. Tauranga hosted the Hui Aranga in 2017.The Good Friday service includes youth re-enacting Christ’s Passion. Competitions include religious quizzes for mokopuna, rangatahi and kaumatua, choir and sacred solo, kapahaka and sports.

Congratulations to Ngā Karere of Whanganui-a-Tara for being the overall premier roopū for 2017. Ka rawe!

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:

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

Jaana Kahu, Kaikōura
South Island representative 
Email: Jaana Kahu


Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ agency for justice, peace and development. Please visit their website for current programmes and information.

Challenge 2000

Members of Challenge 2000 took part in Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday liturgies at Te Ngākau Tapu church in Porirua this year, 2017. Kia ora ki a koutou katoa. Challenge 2000 run a Sacramental Programme and camps for teenagers and young adults.

LifeTeen Summer Camp

See webpage LifeTeen Summer Camp.

LifeTeen youth ministry is based at St Anne’s church, Newtown with Sunday Mass at 5.00pm. See Facebook.

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.

Young Vinnies

Young Vinnies have groups within Catholic Colleges. Students and supporters model their activities on the teachings of St Vincent De Paul. Please contact colleges for more information.