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Rev Dr Nāsili Vaka’uta - Ranston Lecturer in Biblical Studies (2008 - Present)

Nāsili Vaka'uta is a Tongan Methodist faifekau (since 1993) .  He studied at Sia'atoutai Theological College, Tonga, and earned a Bachelor of Divinity with Distinction in 1991.  After working as an assistant tutor for three years he went for further studies in Suva, Fiji, where he earned a Master of Theology (MTh) from the Pacific Theological College (PTC), and a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) and Master of Arts (MA) in Development Studies from the University of the South Pacific.  In 2004 he moved to Auckland to pursue doctoral studies (PhD) at the University of Auckand, which he successfully completed in June 2008.  On the 1st July 2008, Trinity College employed him, and since then he has been serving as the Ranston Lecturer in Biblical Studies, and also as an Honorary Academic at the School of Theology, University of Auckland teaching biblical hebrew and hebrew bible papers.  Nasili stepped into the role of Principal at the beginning of 2015.
He is the Regional Editor for SBL's International Voices in Biblical Studies (IVBS) series, and a member of Colloquium's & Melanesian Journal of Theology's Editorial Boards.  He is also a member of the Aotearoa-NZ Association of Biblical Scholars (ANZABS), Society of Asian Biblical Scholars (SABS), Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and co-founder of Oceania Biblical Studies Association (OBSA).  He is the author of Reading Ezra 9-10 Tu'awise (SBL, 2011), co-edited Bible and Art, Perspectives from Oceania (with Carolyne Blyth, Bloomsbury, 2017), and also published several book chapters and peer-reviewed articles.  Click here for his publications. 





Dr Emily Colgan - Lecturer in Theological Studies (2016 - )

Qualifications: BA (Maori Studies), BTheol (Biblical Studies), BTheol (Honours, First Class), PhD in Theology (Biblical Studies) (University of Auckland)


Teaching: theological studies, biblical studies & youth ministry papers


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Te Aroha Rountree - Lecturer in Maori Studies (2015 - )

Qualifications: BA, MA, PhD candidate (University of Auckland)


Teaching: Maori Studies & pastoral studies papers


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Rev Diana Tana (MTheol, Maori Studies)

Tumuaki, Te Taha Maori


Rev Keita Hotere (BA, DipPTh, Maori Studies)

NorthTech & Te Taha Maori


Rev Dr Jione Havea (PhD, Biblical & Theological Studies)

Research Fellow in Religious Studies (2017) & Visiting Scholar & Principle Researcher, PaCT, Charles Sturt University (Australia)


Rev Dr Lynne Frith (DMin, Pastoral Studies)

Superintendent, Methodist Central Parish, Auckland


Rev Richard Richard Bonifant (MTh, Practical Theology & Religious Studies)

St Andrew's Anglican Church, Epsom, Auckland


Rev Siosifa Pole (MTheol, Tongan Programme)

Superintendent, Dunedin Methodist Parish, Otago


Rev Kalo Kaisa (BMin, DipPTh, Tongan Programme & Lay Preaching)

Superintendent, Hutt City Uniting Parish, Wellington


Rev 'Alipate 'Uhila (BTheol, Tongan Programme)

Superintendent, Mangere-Otahuhu Parish, Auckland


Rev Goll Fan Manukia (BTheol, Tongan Programme)

Superintendent, Mangere Tongan Methodist Parish, Auckland