Rev Amiria Te Whiu

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Representative for Te Aka Puaho

Amiria joined the Board in October 2016 as a representative for Te Aka Puaho, the Maori Synod of the Presbyterian Church.

She and her husband are residential Ministers in Waitangi Paihia but currently live in Auckland so that Amiria can complete her Masters in Indigenous Theology.

Amiria holds a number of qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Education
  • Diploma of Adult Education
  • Certificate of Maori Research and Development
  • Undergraduate Study (Indigenous Track/Theology

Amiria’s career is predominantly in the educational sector including one year as Educational Consultant for Waitangi National Trust and two years as National Coordinator Presbyterian Youth Services. In 2012 she was contracted by PCANZ Prison Chaplaincy Services to develop a new Chaplaincy department, at Serco Mount Eden Corrections Facility. Part of this role is the establishment of an internal prisoner kiosk communications system and to induct and provide training for a team of new Chaplains and community volunteers.

Since 2008 she has served Te Aka Puaho Synod as Ordained Minister, senior Minister and Board Member.

Amiria is married, with six children and eleven grandchildren. Her interests include freelance photography and graphic design and spending time with her grandchildren and writing stories for them.