Good Shepherd College is open to all students, resident in New Zealand, who wish to study theology (and its related disciplines) in the Catholic tradition.

WELCOMING EVENTS on Friday this week, February 21st, 2020.

There are two significant events on Friday this week – 21 February.

All are invited to participate in either or both of these events

At 10..0am there will be a Mihi Whakatau (formal welcome) to Dr Areti Metuamate our new CEO. This will involve karakia, waiata and speeches and will be followed by morning tea at 10.30am

At 12 noon, we have the opening mass of the Academic Year with Bishop Elect Michael Gielen as the celebrant. This will be followed by a lunch provided by the college

Dr Areti Metuamate to lead new Te Kupenga-Catholic Leadership Institute

Educational leader Dr Aereti Metuamate has been appointed as the inaugural Chief Executive of Te Kupenga – Catholic Leadership Institute

Dr Metuamate is of the Ngati Kauwhata, Ngati Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngati Haua and Cook Islands descent. H was raised in Fielding where he attended Hato Paora College. He graduated from Victoria University and the Australian National University where his PhD was on Pacific Leadership. He has held advisory and leadership roles in both the public and tertiary education sectors, most recently as dean of St Mark’s College in Adelaide, Australia.

Currently based in Adelaide, he will return to Wellington next month with his wife, Dr Jessa Rogers-Metuamate, a distinguished Indigenous academic, educator, board director, and artist from Australia’s Wiradjuri peoples whose international research has included working with students of St Joseph’s Maori Girls’ College in Napier.

Te Kupenga was formed on 1 January by merging Good Shepherd College with The Catholic Institute.  It has three operating units – Catholic Theological College (for tertiary courses and qualifications), National Centre for Religious Studies, and the Nathaniel Centre for Catholic Bioethics. 

Dr Metuamate says he is honoured to have been appointed and excited to be back home after a decade in Australia.

“My wife and I are expecting a son to be born in March, and being based amongst whanau is important for us. It feels like the right time to return home to bring the learning and experience I have gained after 10 years working in Australian universities and organisations,” said Dr Metuamate.

“The opportunity to play a leadership role in shaping Te Kupenga and ensuring it connects and appeals to more of our people is also a key motivation for me.”

NZ Catholic Bishops Conference president Bishop Patrick Dunn is delighted with the appointment.

“Dr Metuamate has emerged as the best candidate from a rigorous selection process.  He is a personable and capable man, with the vision, energy and relationship skills needed to get the new organisation up and running,” said Bishop Dunn.

“Areti’s appointment will help drive visibility and growth for Te Kupenga among Māori, Pasifika, younger people and other important communities within our increasingly diverse Church and society. He will bring a contemporary style and quality of leadership to a new organisation that seeks to engage the Catholic and wider communities in ways that are authentic and resonant for our time.”



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Visiting Lecturer

Dr Myriam Wijlens Ph.D. (Professor of Canon Law in University of Erfurt) will offer a free public lecture on

Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: Envisioning Participative Engagement and Structures in a True Missionary Church

Date: Wednesday, 11 March 2020  Time: 7.00pm

At St. Columba Centre, Vermont Street, Ponsonby

Myriam Wijlens is a member of the Pontifical Commission for Minors and the Pontifical Commission investigating the role of Deaconesses in the Church. She is an expert in Canon Law and proposed developments of structures within the Church to increase lay participation.

Enrolments for Semester Two 2020 open in April

  Enrolments for Semester Two 2020 will open on April 28th and close on May 22nd 2020

[Enrolments for Semester One 2020 closed on January 31 2020.]

Current students. Click on:   Enrol on Moodle (First Page) 

List of courses available for Semester Two 2020 can be seen on webpage under ‘Papers for BTh and Grad Dip Th’.

The weekly timetables of classes can found under ‘Student Services’

New Students. Click on:  Enrolments for BTh & GradDipTh

(Requirements, Application Forms, Supporting Documents, International Students)

List of courses available: for BTh and Grad Dip Th

Weekly timetables: Services/ Weekly Timetables

New Book Published by John Owens


New publication – September 2019 by John Owens

In Rorty, Religion, and Metaphysics, John Owens offers a superb engagement with Richard Rorty’s thought that patiently considers the challenges that Rorty offers to religion, ethics, and metaphysics. Far from drawing any easy conclusions, Owens invites readers to interrogate their own assumptions. This book is rigorous, exceptionally well written, and genuinely a pleasure to read. For those interested in not only figuring out what Rorty claims, but what should be claimed about religion after Rorty, this book sets a new standard.— Endorsement from J. Aaron Simmons

Launch of Dr Sarah Hart’s book

On July 30  the launch of Dr Sarah Hart’s new book took place at Good Shepherd College. A good number of colleagues and friends came for the occasion. The book is titled: From Temple to Tent, From Real to Virtual World (Exodus 24:15 – Numbers 10:28). The book was published this year, 2019, by ATF Press Publishing of Adelaide and is based on Dr Hart’s PhD thesis.

The work focuses on the tabernacle tent as described in the books of Exodus  and Numbers, and the impact of this on Israelite worship – the cultic place, the cultic people, and laws for the regulation of cultic life.

Update on Use of Studiosity – new feature called – “CITATION”

Studiosity is now available 24 hours seven days a week. [24/7]

Studiosity  has a new feature which will  show up next time you use it – called “CITATION

When you submit your assignment for review, Studiosity compares it with a large number of other documents on the web.

It will then alert you (in your feed back) to the fact that you may need to insert a citation (footnote) for the words you have used.  It seems to tell you just where you need to show this  and gives some suggestions about how to do it.

It is always provided when you submit an assignment but you may not wish to use it.

Thus in the ‘Writing Feedback’ service, you will now get additional help offered for your citations.




Merger of Good Shepherd with The Catholic Institute (TCI)

The Good Shepherd College (GSC)  is still in the process of merging with Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand (TCI).

The merger is taking place so that a number of Catholic teaching and learning institutes  and placed under the same umbrella organisation. The umbrella organisation is Te Kupenga. A Governance Board has been established and has had two meetings  before the end of January 2020 with another one planned for February 2020

The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa-New Zealand and Good Shepherd College are  in the process of being combined into one new institute. The name of the new institute which has been decided by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Conference (NZCBC) is Catholic Theological College.

Present students will be able to complete the programme of studies that they have embarked on.

A new website  and a new logo will be created soon for the combined institute.

Click here for the website of  Catholic Institute of Aoteaora New Zealand (TCI)

Congratulations Graduates of 2019

Good Shepherd College congratulates those who graduated with the Bachelor of Theology and Graduate Diploma in Theology on 7 June 2019.

Courses Taught in Semester One 2020

The lecturers and courses for 2020 have now been organised!

Click here to see the courses offered in Semester One 2020