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.’

“The strengths of Māori culture are often the very values which modern society is in danger of losing:

  • an acknowledgement of the spiritual dimension of every aspect of life;
  • a profound reverence for nature and the environment;
  • a sense of community assuring every individual that he or she belongs; loyalty to family and a great willingness to share;
  • an acceptance of death as part of life, and a capacity to grieve and mourn the dead in a human way.

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

Vicar for Māori

Monsignor Gerard Burns
04 496 1747 Email: g.burns@wn.catholic.org.nz
For more about Pā Gerry

Tūranga Māori Advisor

Rangimoeroa Waikari-Panapa
Ph: 04 496 5184
Email: r.waikari@wn.catholic.org.nz

Hui Aranga

This is an annual Māori celebration of Easter. It is held in a different rohe each year. Tauranga is hosting the Hui Aranga in 2017.

The Good Friday service includes youth re-enacting Christ’s Passion. Competitions include kapahaka, religious quizzes and sport for mokopuna, rangatahi and kaumatua.

Māori Catholic Colleges

There are three Catholic Māori boarding schools in New Zealand.

St Joseph’s Māori Girls’ College (Napier)

Hato Pāora College (Fielding)

Hato Pētera College (Northcote, Auckland)


Archdiocese of Wellington Catholic Colleges  See Archdiocese of Wellington Catholic schools and colleges.


O’Shea Shield

This is an annual religious competition, held in May, between Colleges of the Archdiocese of Wellington and Palmerston North diocese. In 2015, Bishop Charles Drennan of Palmerston North introduced te reo Māori scripture reading.

O’Shea Shield te reo Māori scripture winners:

2015 Section A – Lyric Bird (St Joseph’s Māori Girls College Napier)
2015 Section B – Pounamu Tawaroa (Cullinane College Whanganui)
2016 Section A – Hato Pāora College
2016 Section B – Sacred Heart Girls College (Napier)

Māori Pastoral Care Appeal

The annual appeal is held on the 4th Sunday of August in all parish Masses in the Archdiocese of Wellington.

Te Rūnanga o te Hāhi Katorika

The rūnanga is a national advisory council to the New Zealand Bishops Conference (NZCBC). For more information see Rūnanga o te Hāhi Katorika

Rangi Hau, Wellington
North Island Representative for the Archdiocese
Ph: 04-478 5060 Email: Rangi Hau

Jaana Kahu, Kaikōura
South Island representative for the Archdiocese
Email: Jaana Kahu

Caritas Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ agency for justice, peace and development. In New Zealand they work with tangata whenua through their Tangata Whenua programme and the Parihaka resource.

Challenge 2000

In addition to Māori Pastoral Care programs and events, Challenge 2000 run a Sacramental Program for teenagers and young adults. There is a commitment to a bicultural perspective on youth events, sacramental programs and camps.


Andy and Anne Lovell started Jesus4Real. Māori have attended this camp in the past and have spoken of how life changing it has been for them.

LifeTeen Summer Camp See their webpage LifeTeen Summer Camp.

LifeTeen youth ministry is based at St Patrick’s Kilbirnie, Wellington with Sunday Mass at 5.30pm. 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.

Young Vinnies

Young Vinnies groups operate in all Catholic Colleges. They are modelled on the teachings of St Vincent De Paul.

Rauemi – Resources

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