Talofa Lava! Kia Orana! Fakaalofa lahi atu! Fakatalofa atu! Malo Ni, Kia Ora and Greetings to you all. My name is Ieriko Afamasaga from the Pacific Islanders Presbyterian Church in Tamaki, Glen Innes, East Auckland. After many years of serving God in a number of leadership roles in the church and the community at large, I felt a strong urge towards becoming an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. I am the first-ever candidate from PI Synod Presbytery. Born and raised in Samoa, I migrated to Aotearoa New Zealand in 1991. I have been happily married to Aliitasi Vaai (a qualified and registered ECE Teacher) for nearly 11 years. God blessed us with 3 children: RJ Saoifalealii (son) 10 years old, Punipuao Rewalina-Jane (daughter) 8 years old and Lolenese Judith Totana (daughter) 5 years old. I worked for Inland Revenue Department at Manukau for 5 years before I studied theology at Carey Baptist College. We are now serving the first year of our internship at PIPC Manukau. In my spare time, I enjoyed reading, gardening, and walking and I am very good at cooking Samoan dishes. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Kia ora. My wife Robin and I live in the Rotorua area where Robin works for Child, Youth and Family with at risk teenagers. I have been working in the Rotorua District Presbyterian churches for the last couple of years. Before that we lived in west Auckland where we both worked at a Christian camp and met each other. It is also in west Auckland that I completed a theological degree from the Bible College of NZ (Laidlaw). Consistent throughout this time has been an involvement in the Presbyterian Church and it is through this involvement in the church that I have felt a growing call and passion for serving the Body of Christ. I am excited to pursue this call and see where God leads me.
My name is So’osemea (So’o) Fa’atui. I was born and grew up in the heart of the Pacific island nations, Samoa. I am a trained secondary school teacher. My wife Alice and I have been married now for 15 years. Together we have two children; our son Tui aged 13 and daughter Jada who is 11. We currently live in West Auckland at Laidlaw College campus where I undertook theological studies. Prior to the internship, I was studying at Laidlaw and working as a youth advocate for Maori and Pacific island youth at Manukau and Auckland youth courts. In my spare time, I enjoy walking on the golf course, fishing and gardening. I and my family are currently serving our internship at St Andrews in West Auckland. We are thankful and look forward to this new journey in our ministry.
Sage is a first-year ministry intern at Malvern Cooperating Parish and is excited to be engaged in the Darfield community and further afield. Sage was a youth worker at Hope Presbyterian Church for seven years, with five of those focusing on the West Melton Community. He is married to Nina who is the manager at Alpha International English School. In his spare time he enjoys taking Tui his dog for a walk, playing touch rugby and getting outdoors. Sage completed his Bachelor of Ministry at Laidlaw College in 2009. Sage felt the call to ministry early in his conversion story where he felt called to being a counsellor and a preacher. In 2014, he could no longer ignore the call and so applied for the National Ordained Ministry. Sage is passionate about encouraging people to find their place in God’s story, so that they might be able to connect with the Gospel narrative and from that be continually transformed by the Gospel.
My name is Michael (Mike) Kirkby-Sing, and I am a KCML intern with the Rotorua District Presbyterian Church. I grew up in a supportive Christian family in Tokoroa, and I have always felt called to serve God with my whole life. Recent opportunities to preach and be involved in leadership at Discovery Christian Centre in Hamilton increased my sense of call to use my gifts to serve God in the church. Subsequently, in 2012, I went from being an English and Media High School teacher to being a theology student in preparation for the ministry. I find it a privilege and joy to preach Christ from the Scriptures, and I care deeply about the church being shaped by Word and Spirit to participate in God’s mission for our world. I have been happily married to Christine for 13 years, and we have three kids who keep us very busy: Adele (6), Hugh (4) and Nathanael (1). In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, with friends, in books, drinking coffee, watching movies, and outdoors!
Mo got involved in youth-work while studying Maori and Theology at Auckland University, before she took up the role of National Youth Coordinator for PYM in the early 2000s. Mo has been married to Kirk for 10 years, and they have three little rock stars named Bryn (8), Lucy (6) and Callum (4). Together with a dog, a few sheep and a bunch of chickens, they have made their home on the banks of the Whanganui river for the last eight years. Mo enjoys reading, running and spending time in the hills. She has been a piano teacher for over 20 years and enjoys making music with others. She is passionate about creative worship, being involved in the community, and creating spaces for people to explore and grow in their faith. She is looking forward to serving her internship at St James Presbyterian Church in Whanganui East.
Kia orana and greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My name is Tengaru Paniora and I am a Cook Islander by birth to a family with a Christian background. I am married to Anne and we have been blessed with five lovely children, three living in Australia and two here in New Zealand. We also have five feeding children, and we cared for other children who were in need. Our experiences with children have also helped me in my role as chaplain for the youth (Newton PIC) group, listening to their stories and also giving them advice. My roles included leading youth services both in the parish and also when having fellowship with other parishes, prayer meetings, bible studies and home visitations.I worked on the Auckland Harbour Bridge as bridge maintenance as well as ambassador before commencing my studies at Laidlaw Theological College in 2010. I have begun my internship at First Church of Dunedin in 2015. My wife is a qualified caregiver and would offer her services to the aid of others especially the elderly. In my spare time I love listening to music, gardening, fishing and having conversations with elderly people and listening to their stories.
Solomon Premkumar Rajan
Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Born and raised in India, my family and I permanently immigrated to New Zealand in 2006. In June 2006, I was called to full-time ministry. Thereafter, I joined the Bible College of New Zealand (Laidlaw) and completed a Post-graduate Diploma in Theology and I am currently in the last phase of completing my Masters in Theology. I was raised in the Missionary Movement of the ‘60s and ‘70s in India and hence Missions forms the core of my Christian journey. My missions involvement in India includes extensive work among the ‘Irula’ tribes and village church planting. In the past years in New Zealand, God has enabled me to take the Gospel to immigrants of other faiths especially from India and Sri Lanka. My passion has always been teaching and preaching the Word of God. My wife, Belinda, a trained pianist and software professional, assists me in my ministry and we have two lovely children, Sarah, 15 and Isaac, almost 5. I am currently in the first year of my internship at St. Davids in the Fields church, Hillsborough, Auckland. In my spare time, I love reading, cooking and walking.
At the age of 13, I wrote in the back of my Bible what I felt God was leading me to do for the rest of my life. Included in the list, other than being an NBA basketball player – was to be a pastor and a preacher. It is with this call, which has continued to grow, that I began the training process to become a minister for the PCANZ. There is nothing else I would rather be doing. I am married to Steph and we have Ella (5) and Josiah (2) and are currently serving at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Temuka. I am passionate about building the local church and seeing people come into a closer relationship with Christ Jesus from wherever they may regard their faith to be. I thrive on spending time with my family, catching up with friends and taking my wife out to the movies. It is my privilege to be part of the Presbyterian story and I look forward to serving in a local parish. (Photo from Rochelle Dillion Photography)
I grew up in West Otago wanting to be a vet but God had other ideas. In my second last year of high school, God completely changed my passion, from animals to people for His glory. I then studied Theology at Otago University before working at Camp Columba, running ministry camps in Pukerau, Southland. During this time I married Cecil who is a registered nurse and currently specialised in mental health. In 2015 we pack our bags and moved to Australia for 9 months before starting our OE. We then travelled around the world for 9 months which was absolutely amazing. I am excited to be starting at Leith Valley Presbyterian Church and Student Soul in Dunedin. I am interested in new or different ways of doing church but more interested in what God is dong. Seeing people understand God’s love for them and come into closer relationship with Him excites me a lot! I also like a good book, the outdoors- a lot, movies, gardening, playing sport (not watching it) catching up for “coffees”, and other similar things.