Kia ora and welcome

Thomas Davis

I have been a parishioner here for about 27 years. During this time, I have had three children at St Benedict’s and was on the school Board of Trustees.
Prior to the merger I was on the St Benedict’s leadership team and then on the parish merger team that facilitated the consultation meetings for all parishioners and provided the merger report and recommendations to the Archbishop. After the merger I remained involved for a short period and then joined the New Beginnings Group looking at other opportunities to bring more life to the parish.
I have skills in business, investment, communication and property and enjoy skiing, being part of a community and sharing life with friends and family.

John Kleinsman

My wife Kerry and I have been part of the parish since 1998. We have been parish coordinators of Passionist Family Groups since 2005 and are also involved in the Parish Refugee settlement team.
I am the Director of The Nathaniel Centre, the NZ Catholic Bioethics Centre and I have a doctorate in moral theology and bioethics. I have been a member of various Research Ethics Committees and am a current member of the Laura Fergusson Trust Clinical Advisory Committee.
I have previously worked in the disability sector and in drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
I am passionate about the importance of building a vibrant community of and active faith-filled Christians who are caring and committed to being agents of hope and justice in
our society.

Fr Peter Roe

I was ordained in 1985 a Marist Priest at Our Lady of Grace Parish Heretaunga, Upper Hutt. My first appointment was St Mary’s Parish Blenheim for 10 years. I then set up Kahikatea Marist Youth Community at Mount Street Kelburn. From there I went to Albany University Auckland to finish off my Post Grad work in Organisational and Personal Behaviour. While doing this, I lived and worked at Devonport Naval Base as a full time Navy Chaplain. I was deployed for a length of time on the Frigate Canterbury, serving in war-torn Bougainville, Papua New Guinea - a truly life changing experience.
My role is now Director of ‘Well-in-town’ where I personally have chaplaincies and support roles with Wellington Free Ambulance, NZ Fire and Emergency, NZ Police, Mana Newlands Bus Company and an array of businesses in central Wellington.
So here I am with you all, of St Francis of Assisi Ohariu Parish, to walk with you so as to reflect and activate into LIFE, Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation: Evangelii gaudium “The Joy of the Gospel.”

Anna Mika-Hunt

Kia Orano/Talofa Lava - I am of Cook Island and Samoan descent and born in New Zealand.
In my earlier years I was part of the Cook Island Community in St Anne’s Newtown and actively involved with the youth group there.
I have been a parishioner for 15 years in St Francis of Assisi Ohariu and have mainly been based at St Andrew’s in Newlands. I am currently and actively involved in the St Andrew’s Committee team and was previously a member on the St Francis of Assisi Ohariu Parish Council. My two daughters both went to St Brigid’s School, Johnsonville and as a family we are involved in quite a few parish and community activities.

Paul Betham

I’m 68 and a New Zealander of Samoan heritage. I was the Coordinator of the St Peter & Paul’s Parish ONE Festival Church gathering in 2011 and accepted appointment as Chair of the Parish Merger Team in 2013. My wife Tia and I joined the Parish in 2004 after many years bringing up our family in the beautiful seaside suburb of Island Bay. “Values dear to me are kindness and caring for one another.”

Kitty McKinley

Tena Koutou. I have been a member of this parish community since 1985. As a parishioner I co-founded Challenge 89 - later to be Challenge 2000 in this parish in 1988.
I have degrees in Education, Social Work, Theology and Pastoral Leadership and have had a number of roles in the community, government and church over my working life. I am also a qualified Lay Pastoral Leader in the Archdiocese. I am committed to this new and emerging model of the church in the 21st century and am excited by the richness, skill and diversity of our local community.

John Lawson

Napier born and Hawke’s Bay raised, I am a NZ and UK-qualified lawyer who studied and worked in the UK for five years, and in Kuwait, in the Middle East, for 13 years.
I returned to New Zealand and Onslow with my wife and four daughters in 2008 and have subsequently served for a number of years on the St Benedict’s School Board of Trustees, The St Benedict’s Parish Leadership Team, the 2014-2016 Parish Merger Team and the New Beginnings group in the new merged parish.
In my mid-20s, I spent five years training for priesthood with the Society of Mary. I am excited at the prospect of serving the Church in this new model of collaborative team ministry.