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TAFT, Mr  J.M.
HM Ngaruawahia WkP  1948

TAGGART, Rev Joseph Askew                   B.A.
b 26.12.1920;  w Jacobina Agnes b 12.10.1922 m 2.3.1956
Hall 1951-3
Ord Hinds AsP 11.3.1954
Hedgehope SP  16.2.1961
Woodlands SP  21.5.1964
St Davids Chch 5.2.1970
Methven AsP  18.7.1977  ret 31.3.1984
Died 5.5.1997

TAGGART, Mrs J.            see                             Blatchford, Bina

TAHA, Miss  Mary 
Maori Miss
Ak Maori Girls Hostel Pentland Ave  1960

TAHURI Wilson, Rev Minnie
Ruatahuna Maori Pastorate, Te Aka Puaho 2009

TAIMATAROA, Rev Arii
Cook Island descent, first cousin to Rev Tekura Wilding, grew up in a Presbyterian Church in South Auckland
husband: Tai (rugby administrator)
Ordained 2009
Hoon Hay Parish, Christchurch, Christchurch Presbytery, 18 January 2009, for eight years
Inducted minister, Plains Presbyterian Church, Alpine Presbytery, 16 February 2017, including Raikaia, Methven and Mayfield

TAIT, Rev Andrew MacDonald
b. circa 1840  Wick, Scotland
w. Isabel McLean Wilson  b.(?)  m.circa 1872  d.(?)
Son of Donald Tait; Educated at parish School, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow,
and the Free Church College Glasgow.
Licensed by the Presbytery of Glasgow (Free Church of Scotland) 1868
Sent by the Free Church Colonial Committee to the Presb. Church of Canada –
Ordained 1870(?)
Bristol, Quebec 1870 to 1872
Appointed to New Zealand by the Colonial Committee of the Free Church of Scotland 14 Aug 1872.
To New Zealand –
Coromandel WkP  20.12.1872
To Australia –
Received by the Presb. Church of New South Wales
Newton, Sydney 10.3.1874   to 1876
Goulburn 27.4.1876 to 10.5.1899 (retired)
Moderator 1896         

TAIT, Rev Robert  (Bob) Beaumont
b 24.2.1919
w Anna Agnes (Paddy) 11.12.1918 m 18.1.1946 d 15.10.2009
Joined the Union Steamship Company. Served with the Fleet Air Arm as a Pilot
During World War Two. Returned to the Union Steamship Company after the War.  
Hall (Special Course)  1957-58
Ordained St Pauls Ashburton  11.3.1959
St Columba Christchurch ChP  15.10.1964 
Roslyn, Dunedin  DnP  11.2.1971
Oxford District Union ChP 13.8.1981 – retired 5.3.1984
In retirement lived in Roslin Dunedin and was working on the records of the Fleet
Air Arm at the time of his death.
“Years of retirement brought no dimunition of service in the church. Bob was always
willing to serve beyond the call of duty. In Dunedin he became Police Chaplain. Even
when official retirement passed he was willing to serve wherever he was wanted. Bob
was a loyal member of Presbytery in whatever area he served.” (from Obit.)
Died 23.7.1996 (cancer)

TAIT, Rev Thomas                   M.A., B.D.
b. Stirling, Scotland 1866
w.(?)  b.(?)  m.(?)  d.(?)
Educated at the University of Glasgow; Licensed in Scotland.
To Australia –
Received by the Presb. Church of Victoria
Ordained Orbost 2.3.1892 to 11.7.1893
Albert Park 25.7.1893 to 1895
Brunswick 5.12.1895 to 1903
To New Zealand –
Inducted St Paul’s Christchurch 21.10.1903 to 1913 on a stipend of £600 and a free manse.
Returned to Australia –
Received by the Presb. Church of South Australia
Chalmers’ Church, Adelaide  20.3.1914 to 18.5.1915
Received by the Presb. Church of New South Wales
Scots, Sydney 7.7.1915 to 27.1.1924
To Canada –
Received by the Presb. Church of Canada
First Church, Edmonton, Alberta  1926 to 1931 (retired)
Returned to Australia -
Emeritus Minister in Sydney NSW 1938
Publications include : “Notes of an Address delivered … in connection with the Universal
Week of Prayer (Melbourne 1900); “Take up and Read”, or “The Confessions of Augustine,
abridged” (Geelong 1876);
“John Dunmore A Fighter for the Right” (Sydney 1923). 
Died Sydney 6.8.1948

TAIT, Rev Thomas
b 10.5.1869;  w Annie b 4.12.1868 m 20.2.1900  d  21.6.1961
Hall Dn  1896-8 
Ord Cromwell COP 14.2.1899
Wairio (Nightcaps SP)  7.4.1904  res 30.4.1908
Port Ahuriri HBP 15.12.1909
Manaia TkP  8.11.1916  -  owing to a serious break-down in health the charge was
declared vacant by TkP on 11.10.1919
Uncle of Rev A.T. McNaughton
Died 29.12.1925

TAITOKO, Rev Kay
Taumarunui Maori Pastorate -Amorangi  (Te Aka Puaho) Dec 1999

TAITUA, Rev Carlson
From Cook Islands Christian Church
Minister within the Bounds  South Auckland Presbytery  1 May 2002
Other Recognised Minister Pacific Islands Synod 2013

TAKA, Mrs P.B.               see                          Kahukura, Meri

TAKA, Rev Pene Ben
b 25.7.1916;
w Meri b 28.4.1930 m 8.8.1964  rem 29.11.1980 (Mrs E. Caton)
He was wounded in WW2 & suffered the effects throughout his life.
Maori Theol Coll Whakatane 1959-60
Te Whaiti 24.5.1962
Ord Waimana 27.5.1964
Mod Maori Synod 1970 to 27.5.1973
Ak Maori 27.5.1973
Died 22.8.1977  Ak.

TAKAO,  Very Rev Tame Hehe
Moderator of Maori Synod, as Elder, 1978-81
Theological Hall, Dunedin l983
Ordained Heretaunga Maori HBP  25.9.1983
Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand 1983
Moderator of Te Aka Puaho 4.2.1992 (Inducted at Ohope)
Moderator  Te Aka Puaho  25.2.1995
Minister Emeritus  Jan 1999
Chairperson of Te Komiti Takawaenga O Te Haahi (Joint Committee of the General Assembly
of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand and Te Aka Puaho) 2003
Acting Moderator of Te Aka Puaho 2004
Wellington Maori Pastorate  Te Aka Puaho 2004

TALAGI, Rev Fania
Local ordained minister, Knox Parnell, Pacific Islands Synod, 11 June 2015

TALAGI, Rev Lagaua                      QSM
b 22 June 1929
w Maata Fuapea b. 11 August 1931, m 11 August 1950, d June 1974
Licensed by Presbytery of Wellington, 1971
Ordained Associate Minister, Pacific Islanders Church (PIC), Auckland Presbytery, 14 August 1971
- resigned 12 October 1976
St Lukes, Tokoroa, Waikato Presbytery, 17 December 1976
PIC, Auckland Presbytery, 23 February 1978 
Minister Emeritus, December 1995
died 15 March 2016

TALAGI, Rev Pehalo Maika             QSM.
b 20.12.1920
w Aitaua b 25.10.1925 m 19.11.1944
Licensed by Presbytery of Auckland 22.8.1971
Ordained Associate Minister Pacific Islanders Church, Otara  21.10.1971
Minister Emeritus 28.2.1987

TALAGI-IKITOELAGI, Rev Ere A.                    BTh., PGDipTh., DipMin.
w Don Ikitoelagi (see separate entry)
Joint Ministry West United Wanganui  Wellington Presbytery  January 1995
Knox Church Parnell Auckland  Auckland Presbytery  Oct 2001

TALBOT,  Rev Murray James            B.Com., A.C.A., L.Th. (Hons)
w Janice Lesley  m  24 April 1971
Theological Hall, 1977-1979
Ordained St Davids, Invercargill, 27 January 1980
Hornby, Christchurch Presbytery (Stated Supply) , 18 September 1988 - Inducted 1 March 1989
25 years as senior pastor, swapped roles with Rev. Hamish Galloway, and moved into part-time at Hope West Melton
Minister Emeritus, 30 June 2015

TAMARAPA, Rev  W.M.
Ang  Ch 
Mangakino Co-op WkP  12.1983  res 13.9.1985

TAMATI, Mr  K.
b. at Matawai (both his parents were pupils of the Maungapohatu School when
it was opened by Mr Laughton in 1918).
Educated at Waimana. Worked for some time at farming and forestry work.
Maori Mission -
Appointed to dual position :
- Part Time Assistant (Office Stenographer), Maori Synod Office, Whakatane  1960
- Part-time Assistant, Te Waka Karaitiana Press, Whakatane 1960
Resigned both positions 30.8.1962

TAMIANA, Rev Noera F.T.
Ruatahuna Maori Pastorate, Amorangi Minister (Te Aka Puaho) Oct 1994
Died 26 Oct 2004

TANG, Rev Micah Chu Hang
Mandarin and Cantonese speaker
Received from Christian and Missionary Alliance Church Union, Hong Kong, 16 August 2013
Minister, Auckland Chinese Presbyterian Church, Northern Presbytery, 18 September 2013
Registered Cantonese Christian Fellowship as Auckland University club, 2015

TANKERSLEY, Rev Hector Arch (“Tank”)   MBE., BCom., LTh(Hons)., ACA
b 17.12.1917
w Aimee Vera b 8.6.1919 m 22.4.1944 d. 7 April 2011 They met on a blind date
Theological Hall (special course) 1957-58 "pressure cooker training!"
Employed as a colour consultant for Tingey's, Aimee did not join Tank in Dunedin from
Titahi Bay until 6 months into his training
Ordained Assistant Minister Feilding MnP 4.12.1958
Knox Feilding (in charge) 23.3.1960
St Columba Johnsonville Union Wellington WnP 7.9.1967 – later, under his leadership,
the Presbyterian parish negotiated with the local Methodist Church to establish a Co-
Operating Parish. He actively assisted with planning for a new Church centre.
St James Wanganui East WgP 23.5.1973
During his ministry at St James, he introduced the idea of a Parish Council rather than
Session and Board of Managers. His commitment to it ensured that it succeeded well.
Minister Emeritus 1977
Retired to Waikanae, served for 1 year in Levin and for a time in Dannevirke
In Feilding resident in Coombrae and Aimee lived at a nearby Villa
“Tank brought many qualities to his ministry. One of them was that he was a perfectionist.
Clearly he held the conviction that if a job was worth doing it was worth doing to the best
of one’s ability. This was evident in all areas of the life of the church in which he served
and in all parishes. He readily faced challenges and, in meeting them, had the ability of
taking his parish members along with him. 
He is remembered for the warmth of his smile, his dedication to every task he undertook,
his practical application of the Word and the depth at which he touched people’s lives.”
We honour Tank as a mover, an enabler, an encourager and a true saint of God.”
(From Memorial Minute – edited)
Died 31 Dec 2005 at Feilding. 

TANKERSLEY, Very Rev. Mrs Pamela Jean            B.Sc., Dip.Tchg.,B.D.
h Roy Bruce Tankersley (son of Rev H.A. Tankersley)  m 11 January 1969
Theological Hall, Dunedin1985-1987
Licensed St Andrews, Wellington, 12 November 1987
Ordained St Andrews, Gisborne, 7 February 1988
St Ninians, Karori, Wellington Presbytery,  27 January 1994 
Northland Uniting Parish, Karori, Wellington  Presbytery, November 1994 - Resigned 9 March 2003
Member of the Administration and Finance Work Group of the Council of Assembly.
St David’s, Palmerston North, Manawatu Presbytery, 20 March 2003
Elected Moderator Designate October 2004
General Committee, Christian Conference of Asia, 2005-2010
Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, October 2006 - October 2008
Appointed Global Mission Coordinator, Presbyterian Church, 2010
Elected Presbyterian Church director, Council for World Mission Executive, and deputy moderator, Pacific Region, 2012
Moderator of the Council for World Mission, August 2015-June 2016

TANNER, Rev William
b 21.4.1884 Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England
w Esther b 5.4.1879  m 16.12.1911  d 23.4.1969 at Invercargill.
He studied for the ministry of the Congregational Church in England; Ordained 1910;
came to NZ and served the Congregational Church in Waiapu (Poverty Bay), and
Tennyson Street Christchurch.
Received as Minister of the PCNZ by Assembly 26.11.1919 
Inducted St Peters Christchurch  ChP 26.2.1920
North Invercargill  SP  21.5.1926 till sudden death.
Died 30.6.1938 suddenly, in office at Invercargill.

TAPLIN, Mr Dennis         & Mrs
Overseas Workers, Port Moresby PNG 1980, service completed 1982

TARRANT, Rev  R.M.
HM (stations not known)  - Ord HM 1919
Bay of Islands (Kaikohe NP) 1947

TARRY, Rev Kevin J,
Ang Ch
Turangi Co-op  BPP  3.3.1993

TATE, Miss O.M.
Maori Miss
Waikaremoana Assist 20.6.1937  res 28.7.1943, ill-health.
Niece of Sr J. Kearney

TAUFELELE, Rev Tevita
Methodist Church
Hutt Valley Uniting Congregations Wellinton Presbytery 28 January 2007

TAUKAMO, Rev Merita (Bubs)
Ordained 1997
Gisborne Maori Pastorate -Amorangi (Te Aka Puaho) Oct 1997

TAUKAMO, Rev Sonny
Ordained 1997
Gisborne Maori Pastorate -Amorangi (Te Aka Puaho) Oct 1997

TAULE'ALE'AUSUMAI, Rev Ms Feiloaiga (Fei)  Janette               MA., B.Th., B.A., P.G.Dip.Th., DipMin.
Theological Hall 1988-1990
Licensed PIC Edinburgh St Auckland 13 December 1990
Ordained National Youth Co-ordinator,  Mission Resource Board 1 February 1991
Pacific Islanders Church, Newtown, Wellington Presbytery,  Inducted 7 March 1991-Term  completed 31 July 1994
Minister within the Bounds, Auckland Presbytery, February 2001
Henderson Presbyterian Church, Auckland Presbytery, January 2003
Regional Secretary for the Pacific, Council for World Mission

TAUMAOE, Rev Mose
Intern 2014 - completed studies, 1 Decmber 2015
Licensed St Columba at Botany, Northern Presbytery, 2 December 2015
Ordained minister, St Martins Presbyterian Church, Papatoetoe, Northern Presbytery, 13 December 2015

TAUTAU, Rev Mrs Heitapeka (Peka)
Heretaunga Maori Pastorate - Amorangi   (Te Aka Puaho)  13 November 1994
Chaplain Turakina Maori Girls’ College  (Te Aka Puaho)  December 1998
Died 23 June 2007

TAVELIA, Rev  Manatoa                B.Th., Dip. Min.
b. Niue Island
w Meletuione Melelita  (Mele) m 22.11.1974 - refer seperate entry.
Attended Primary and Secondary School in Niue. Went on ascholraship to
Samoa where he attended Avele College. Came to New Zealand in 1972, being
employed for 16 years as an Automotive Machinest. Felt the call to ministry.
Theological Hall 1979-81
Diploma in Ministry 1982
Ordained Caversham Assistant Minister (part-time) 6.12.1981
Stirling-Kaitangata ClP  3.2.1983
Served as the first Niuean Moderator of Clutha Presbytery. He was a great
ambassador in then south for Pacific Island People.
Pacific Islanders Church, Otara  SAP  26.5.1989
Pacific Islanders Church, Newton, Auckland AP Jul 1998
“Leaving a Niuean Parish for another was a new concept for Niueans. There
was an understanding that once you are a minister in a Niuean Parish, you
will be expected to stay there for the rest of your working life. Mana broke
tradition and made the shift to Auckland newton PIC. Mana started to
journey with the Newton Parish in regards to planning and providing clear
goals and mission initiatives for the Niuean sector of the parish for whom
he had special responsibility.
{Rev Tavelia] was involved in many community projects. He was seen as
a wisdom figure, perceived as a doctor, immigration officer, counsellor and
mentor by many Niueans in the Auckland community.” (from Obit.)  
Member of the Council of Assembly, the National Assessment Committee
as a Co-conveneor, Pacific Islander’s Committee as a Co-convenor, and the
Presbyterian Church representative for the Council for World Mission.
Moderator of the Niue Fono Motu group for two and a half years at the time of his death.
Died c.2001-02

TAVELIA, Rev Meletuione (Mele)
h. Rev Manatao Tavelia, b.(?) m. 22.11.1974 d. c.2001-2002
Ordained Chaplain Women's Health Auckland City Hospital Auckland Presbytery 17 March 2008

TAWA, Rev Jack
Ordained Whakatane Maori (self-supporting) 10.10.1981
Resigned 19.2.1987

TAWHARA,  Rev  Tete (Ted)
Born Waimana, Bay of Plenty, 1935
Lived with Eruera Manuera, head of the Ringatu Church
Ngati Tuhoe and Ngati Pourou descent
w Daphne Mary (New Zealand European) from Thornbury, Southland,  m 10 June 1962
3 years at Te Whaiti Nui A Toi Agricultural College
Worked in Auckland for several years and attended night school
Maori Theological College, Whakatane, 1956-1958
Auckland Maori, 1 June 1959, part-time at Pukekohe with Rev Donald Kirkby
Central Auckland with Jim Irwin 
resigned 30 April 1961  -  re-employed in government departments
In Invercargill served on Kotahitangi Project Committee, Murihiku Maori Concert Party, and
Waihopai Maori Executive Committee, Maori Warden, and involved in YMCA 1961-1965
Te Hinota Māori approached him to return to ministry 
Hall (special course), 1967, 1 year, some sources say 1966.  
Ordained Napier Maori, opened new work, 5 December 1967
Invercargill Maori, inducted 3 February 1971
Executive member of Southland Prisoner Aid and Rehabilitation Society
Southland Council of Churches
Clerk, Maori Synod, Whakatane, 1 February 1985, resigned 19 February 1987 and withdrew
Opotiki Maori Pastorate (Stated Supply) (Maori Synod) September, 1995
Died 2000

TAYLOR, Mr
HM  Weber  & Wainui HBP  1910

TAYLOR, Rev Alastair Frank                  B.Th.
w Merrin  June m 26.7.1969
Sunday School Teacher Heddon Bush from mid 1960’s & Lay Preaching prior to entering Hall.
Active in the Bible Class Movement
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1983-84
Ordained Tokomairiro (Milton ClP )  Co-op 7.2.1985
Queenstown COP  29.4.1993
North Invercargill  SP  May 2000
Known as Windsor Community Church (Presbyterian) after amalgamation with Waverley Presbyterian Church in 2007

TAYLOR, Rev Alfred (Alf) H.
Ordained 1978
Minister within the Bounds,  Hawkes Bay Presbytery,  December 2002
St Stephen’s, Napier, Hawkes Bay Presbytery, 2004
Minister within the Bounds, North Shore Presbytery, 26 June 2007
Minister St Aidan’s Northcote, Northern Presbytery, 2010
Minister emeritus, 30 June 2016

TAYLOR, Rev Bryan Henderson                 B.Theol. 
w Jennifer Mary m 20 March 1965
Theological Hall 1979-1981
Ordained Associate Rangiora ChP  2February 1982
St James Spreydon Christchurch Presbytery  30 January 1986 - resigned 13 September 1994
Minister within the Bounds Christchurch Presbytery September 1994
Removed from roll 8 August 2006

TAYLOR, Rev  Francis Henry
b. 13 July 1882 at Dartmouth, Devonshire, England
w. Florence Mildred O'Connor  b.1885  m. 1909  d. 1972 (Mrs Taylor a Licentiate of the Royal Academy & Royal College of Music).
From the Church of England. He passed the entrance examination for the Union Bank
of Australia and worked as a Bank Clerk 1898 to 1902. Took grade one and part of grade
two courses with the Anglican Board of Theological Studies at Adelaide Australia in 1906;
Lay Assistant 1902 to 1906; School Master and Teacher 1909 to 1930, Lay Reader 1900 to 1931.
Joined the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand Home Missionary service 1 June 1931
Home Missionary Greytown Wairarapa Presbytery 1 June 1931,  Ordained Home Missionary  30 May 1932
Stewart Island Southland Presbytery  1935
Son of Rev Henry Edward Taylor, Church of England minister; brother of Cecil Richarch Taylor, Methodist Minister
Died  29 September 1935

TAYLOR, Rev Gordon Lindsay              B.A.,B.D.(Melb)
b  30.12.1900 Port Chalmers;
w Jean Paton nee Fullerton b 3.9.1903 m 8.2.1928 d 4.2.1978
He began as teacher at OHBS Dn 1921-4 
Hall 1925-7
Ord Duntroon NOP 2.12.1927
Musselburgh DnP  16.6.1932
St Davids Chch  4.11.1937
Chapl 2NZEF 15.10.1940 - Harewood & Pacific
St Andrews Blenheim NMP  27.11.1945
Epsom AP 29.5.1958  ret 28.2.1966
Assistant St Heliers 1966-1974
Memb Toc H., RSA, Rugby Referee, coached Hebrew & Greek, hobby music.
Died  11.1.1980

TAYLOR,  Rev James
For many yrs HM in Otago; began 1881
Ord Tuapeka 1889 - a Ch Ex Charge; he was not to be open to a Call to a full
Charge without the sanction of OSyn.
Died 1892

TAYLOR, Rev J.U.
From Wanganui
Licensed (Presumably by the Northern Presb. Church of NZ) October 1865 and sent to supply
neediest parts of Waikato, with Hamilton as his centre; Church built at Hamilton 1866;
Rep 1867: he worked with military settlers in Waikato.     
Left for Victoria Australia 7.4.1869
Received by the Presb. Church of Victoria 1869
Inducted Maldon-Baringhup 5.10.1870 to 31.3.1879
Rocehster-Corop 19.10.1882 to 12.11.1884
Died 1891

TAYLOR,  Rev  Keith
Meth Ch
Johnsonville Union  WnP  1.2.1994

TAYLOR,  Dr  Phyllis
Overseas Worker
Sanitorium Karigiri  India  1977-83-

TAYLOR,  Rev  Robert
Licensed by Dunedin Presbytery 5 Dec 2004

TAYLOR, Rev Robert
b 19.9.1883 Australia
w Wisie Gladys b 12.7.1894  m 1.6.1927 d 2.9.1941
He was born in Australia; came to NZ as young man.
Formerly a labourer. Joined the HM service and took the HM course.
HM Renwicktown NMP Apr 1909
Kaniere WsP 1912
Athol SP  1915;   Ord HM May 1915
Mokoreta - Redan MtP 1920
Orawia SP 1923
Orari  SCP 1927
Sefton ChP 1931
Springburn ChP  1939 (AsP from 1940) 
His wife died after a long illness in 1941.
Hinds AsP 1942 - retired 1949 
Died  27.4.1958 at Ashburton

TAYLOR, Rev Steve                B. Horticulture (Lincoln), B. Th., M. Th. (Auckland), Ph.D. (Otago)
m. Lynne
Lincoln University, 1992
Planter and Pastor, Graceway Baptist Church, 1994-2003
Adjunct Lecturer, Carey Baptist College, 1994-2003
Bachelor of Theology, University of Auckland, 1995
University of Auckland Theology prize, 1995
Master of Theology (First Class Honours), University of Auckland, 1996
Senior Pastor, Opawa Baptist Church, Christchurch, 2004-2009
Senior Lecturer, Laidlaw College, Christchurch, 2004-2009
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Otago, 2004
Director of Missiology, Post-Graduate Coordinator, Uniting College of Leadership and Theology, 2010-2012
Principal, Uniting College of Leadership and Theology, 2012-2015
Senior Lecturer, Flinders University, 2010-
Excellence in Teaching Award, Faculty of Education, Humanity, Law, Flinders University, 2014
Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2015
Principal, Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, Dunedin, 15 February 2016

TAYLOR, Mr  W.S.
Chch stud miss 1880 (so listed)
Rep 1880: did Ch Ex work in Cant.
No further mention.

TE  KAAWA,  Mr  Hepeta
b.circa 1923
w Millie Amiria Hunia
He was born in Ruatahuna to Tawhakirangi Horomona and Kiira Te Kaawa. Through
his parents he belongs to Tuhoe, Ngati Awa and Ngati Tuwharetoa, and such was his
place in Ngagi Tuwharetoa that he held the Mauri ( in this case Mauri means a
talisman which is a symbol of the hidden principle protecting the vitality of the tribe)
since the death of Re Arapeta Te Rire. When Hepeta stood to speak on the marae one
soon realized that he knew the Kawa intimately, yet he did not make a show of such
knowledge. ...
Following World War Two he enlisted in the Aotearoa New Zealand Overseas forces
and served for 2 years as a gunner in Korea. This left him profoundly deaf. Hepeta
grew up in Ruatahuna – Maungapohatu when Sr Annie was in her prime,and John
Laughton was in Maungapohatu.  As a child he was baptized at Ruatahuna.  His life
was deeply touched by the Christian faith through those devoted and faithful people,
and in 1952 he was confirmed in the Christian faith. 
When in mature years he offered himself to train as a Minister, and so in 1970 he
entered the Te Wananga a Rangi Maori Theological College.  He did not pass on the
fact of his deafness, and missed a great deal of the course.   It was considered he
should not continue.  This must have been a severe disappointment to him, but he
had the courage to remain an elder in his own parish.
He returned home to Onepu to be the Kaitiaki (Guardian, protector) of the sacred
covenant between the Ringatu Bishop the Right Rev Eru Tumutara and the Very Rev
John Laughton, which he maintained to the day he died as Principal Chief of Ngati
Tuwharetoa. His wife Millie became Secretary of Te Hinota, and he gave her all the
help he could, and whenever possible attended meetings of Te Hinota, here he
showed his expertise on the marae.   (from Obit.)
Died 1994.

TE KAAWA, Rev Wayne M. R.                Bth., Dip.Min.
Tuwharetoa and Tuhoe descent
Licensed 5 October 2002
Ordained Auckland Maori Pastorate, Te Aka Puaho, 18 January 2003
Putauaki Maori Pastorate, Te Aka Puaho, 2003
Te Ahorangi (Director) o Te Wananga a Rangi, 2006, including Amorangi ministry training
Rotorua Maori Pastorate, 2010
Moderator of Te Aka Puaho, 2011

TE KAURU, Miss Horiana                              Mrs J.G. Laughton
Maori Mission  -  She was a pupil of Turakina Maori Girls Coll, and Dux in 12.1918.
b 19.11.1899; h John George, Laughton b 2.12.1891 m 20.12.1921 d 3.7.1965
Waiohau - Assistant 2.1919
Turakina Maori Girls College, staff member 1919  
Ruatahuna - Assistant Teacher 1920-1
In 8.1921 she went with Rev JG Laughton and his Father to Matahi and opened school
there on 3.10.1921; Nurse Doull joined her -  resigned 12.1921 and married the Rev J.G.
Laughton; then to Maungapohatu, etc
(See entry under Laughton, J.G.)
Died 9.12.1986

TELFER, Mr J.K.
HM Ross WsP 1900
Brunner WsP  1901

TELFORD, Rev Gillian A.             M.A.,M.D.
Meth Ch
Hillcrest Co-op Haamilton  12.1982    
St Clare Co-op Hamilton  2.1986   Teerm completed  31.1.1994
Whangamata Co-op  2.2.1994 

TELFORD, Rev Robert                    B.A.
from Free Church of Scotland, came as probationer; received by Synod of Otago and Southland 10 January 1867
w Mrs E. Mackay from Rogart, Sutherlandshire, Scotland, arrived in New Zealand, 1871
Queenstown 1867 for 9 months
Ordained Roxburgh (Teviot, Central Otago Presbytery), 4 May 1868 - retired 4 May 1904
Ministry of 36 years in one charge.
' beautiful character'.
Died 5 March 1912, aged 80

TEMA, Rev Stephen Tavai                B.A., B.Th., Dip. Grad., Dip.Tchg., Dip. Min.
Cong Chr Ch, W  Samoa,  13.5.1993  (Lodged Cert AP.)
Transfered  from  AP  to  SAP  2.4.1995
Wesley College (Counsellor) AP Jan 1995

TEMARA, Rev Makarini (Mack)                        Q.S.M.
b. 17.3.1919 at Maungapohatu.
w. Kitty  b.(?)  m.(?)
Attended Rev John Laughton’s Mission School then sent to a Church Secondary
Boarding School, St Stephen’s.
Served in the Air Force at Whenuapai durung World War Two.
After the war, he returned to Ruatahuna, later working for the Public Works Dept, being
Foreman and Overseer for a group of men working on roads between Waikaremoana and
Wairoa. Returned to Ruatahuna again and managed the Tuhoe Co-operative store,
allowing many young people to gain work experience, by employing them during School
holidays.
Maori Missionary
Appointed first Maori Secretary of the Maori Synod at Whakatane from 1970
Ordained Whakatane Maori (self-supporting) 10.10.1981 - retired 31.1.1985 
Ruatahuna Maori (Amorangi) Te Hinotu Maori  Jan 1991
In retirement he also became part of the Kaumatua for the Iwi Transitional Authority,
becoming Spokesperson and Adviser for them. He was a member of the Waitangi
Tribunal in the latter part of his busy life. 
“His first love was for his people and his humble manner drew many to him. His secretarial,
accounting skills gained not from academic training at a University but from natural
endowment and the Whare Wananga of life’s experience, saw him being involved in many
positions on many committees. The Urewera National Park Board, Maungapohatu
Corporation, Tuhoe Land Trusts were some of committees on which he served. After a
few years as a member of the Tuhoe Trust Board he eventually became the Chairperson,
a position he held until his death.
He was dedicated to his church and to ecumenical expressions and groups. As a member
of te Hinotu Runanga Whakawhanaunga I nga Hahi, he is remembered for his unassuming
manner and as being the mentor for Maori spirituality.” (from Obit.)
Died  29.10.1994.

TE MONI, Rev Tarei, Charles
Minister Te Aka Puaho
Removed from Roll May 2014

TEMPERO, Rev Darryl
Ordained 2007
Assistant Minister (Team MInistry), Hornby Community Church, Hornby, Christchurch Presbytery 9 December 2007

TEMPLE, Rev William Preston               M.A., B.D.(Glas)
b 19 August 1907
w Jean Donald b 27 October 1919 m 29 July 1941
From Church of Scotland Edinburgh - Ordained 1934
Dux of Greenock High School, trained in Arts and Theology at Glasgow University
He shared the same classroom as the author and theologian William Barclay
Appointed to assistantship, New Kilpatrick, then called to Peterhead East
Engaged in Prison Chaplaincy and Chaplain to the Scottish Herring Fleet
Called to Rutherford, Glasgow, then Barclay, Edinburgh
Lecturer on religious instruction in schools for the Roxburgh Education Authority
Convener, Church of Scotland Assembly Committee on Home and Family
Books: Strong Son of God; The Good Seed; contributed to New Voices in the Scottish Pulpit;
editor of the Children's Own Hymn Book; wrote and composed for The Chorus Book for Children
St Johns Wellington  Wellington Presbytery  28 October 1948
Overseas Missions, Inter-Church Council on Public Affairs, Central Religious Advisory Committee
President of the Wellington YMCA, Dominion Vice President of Boys' Brigade, Dominion Chaplain of Girls' Brigade
Supervisor Religious Broadcasting Wellington  Wellington Presbytery 14 March 1957 - resigned 28 February 1961
Kohimarama Auckland Presbytery 18 May 1961- retired 30 June 1973
Died  7 November 1992

TEMPLETON, Rev Arthur John                  M.A.
(Church of  Christ)
w ed Robina 'Ina' McLeod married January 1943 at St Albans Church of Christ
Born Addington Nursing Home in Christchurch
St. Albans School and Christchurch Boys High School
Templeton Pastrycooks 1932 aged 16
Accredited local preacher at Edgeware Road Methodist Church aged 19
Canterbury University studying Philosophy and Education 1939, 1949 BA, 1953 MA
Ordained Minister, Church of Christ 18 April 1942
Student Preacher at Kaitangata
Ashburton June-July 1943
Greymouth 1943-1946 to Christchurch without appointment
Moorhouse Avenue Church of Christ, Christchurch 1948
Wanganui Church of Christ 1949
Involved with Tangiwhai rail disaster, identifying bodies and counselling families 1953
Hawkes Bay regiment for compulsory military training aged 38
Chaplain of Wellington West Coast Taranaki regiment 1954
Half-time Theology lecturer at Glenleith Bible College 1956, terminated 1968
Half-time Minister at North East Valley Church1956
Medical social worker for Otago Hospital Board 1974
Leprosy Mission in Indonesia and International Leprosy Mission conference, London 1975
Retired 1980, voluntary minister at NEV until 1991
Stated Supply Blueskin Union DnP  SS  11.1984 Ordained Presbyterian Minister
Queens Service Medal 1996
World Convention of Church of Christ, Brisbaine 2000
Minister Emeritus Feb 2001, member of St Andrew Street Church of Christ and Knox
Church, Dunedin
A member of various ministers associations, Medical Aid Abroad, McMillan Trust, CORSO,
Leprosy Mission, Churches Education Commission, National Council of Churches, Joint
Regional Council and University Chaplaincy Committee (Otago / Southland Tertiary
Chaplaincy Trust)
Died May 2013 aged 97

TEMPLETON, Rev  Julian  B.
Hall  1990-2   lic St Pauls Invercargill 22.11.1992
Ord by SP  1.3.1993;  to United Reform Ch, Eng 1.2.1994

TENNANT, Rev John Cook                   M.A.    
b. 6.12.1860 Fife, Scotland
Son of Thomas Tennant and Amelia Mill nee Watson.
Licensed by the Church of Scotland.
To Australia –
Albany – supply (Presb. Church of Western Australia) Apr to Sept 1891
Lancefield (Presb. Church of Victoria) 26.4.1892 to 21.4.1895
To New Zealand –
Received by (Northern) Presb. Church of NZ  15.2.1897  -  left NZ same year.
Returned to Australia –
Home Mission Supply (Presb. Church of Queensland) Harrisville 1898. Certficate given 3.1.1899
Oatlands (Presb. Church of Tasmania) 17.1.1899 to 15.5.1900
Darlington (Presb. Church of Victoria) 14.8.1900 to 1902
Returned to Scotland. Believed to have entered the medical profession.
d. (?)

TENNENT, Rev Edward Cowper
b 3.2.1848 Guernsey, Channel Islands.
w Edith Jessie b 17.5.1857 m 8.11.1897 d 31.8.1932
He went to Australia when quite young; taught in Hobart for some time.
A Church member at Hobart, he became a student under the Rev James Scott’s ministry
Studied under the Presbytery of Castlemaine (Presbyterian Church of Victoria) then later under the
Presbyterian Church of Tasmania
Tarnagulla – Home Missionary to Jun 1877
To the Presb. Church of Tasmania.
Admitted as a third year student 1879
Appointed as Missionary to West Tamar 5.3.1879
Licensed by Presbytery of Launceston, Tasmania 1881
Ordained West Tamar, Tasmania in 25.5.1881 to 1884
Deloraine-Hagley 29.1.1884 to 1892
Received by the Presb. Church of Victoria 1892
Stawell 15.3.1892 to 14.7.1896 – demitted (resigned) charge
To New Zealand 1896 -
Inducted to Port Chalmers DnP 29 July 1898
Martinborough WpP 9.12.1909 – died in office
Died 7.11.1914, the result of a  motor vehicle accident

TENNENT, Mr E. Nelson  
HM Purakanui, Mt Cargill etc DnP as stud
Rep 1901: This station has been supplied during the summer mths by the above
stud, as in former yrs.   The arrangement has now come to an end. (1901)
He was in Junior OT class 1901; no further mention.
Son of Rev E.C. Tennent.

TENNENT, Rev Iain Baird          M.A.,B.Sc.,Dip.Ed.Studs.
w Phyllis May m 22.8.1959
Hall 1959-61
Ord Taranaki East 1.2.1962  res 31.7.1966
Cairnmiller Institute Melb Aust
St Lukes Waiwhetu WnP  18.12.1967  res 18.9.1972
Massey Univ Palm Nth to pursue studies in Psychology.

TENNENT, Rev James
b 10.3.1869
w Jeanie b 27.3.1868 m 31.12.1891  d 7 Feb 1955
From the Church of Scotland, arr in NZ in 1912; he was in the highest rank of
Home Missionaries in the Church of Scotland.
HM Linwood-New Brighton (off-shoot of St Pauls Christchurch) ChP 1912; 
Ord HM 1913
Richmond ChP 1914
Linwood ChP 1915
New Brighton ChP  1918
St Albans ChP 1921
Belfast-Styx ChP  1926; raised to full Ministerial status 11.1927; 
Ord Minister Belfast-Styx  ChP 20.12.1927
Rep 1927: he suffered severe shock and concussion when on his bicycle he was
hit by a motor car.
Morven  SCP  30.8.1929 - retired 30.4.1935 
Hornby  (supply for HM Committee) ChP 5.5.1935 to 5.5.1938
Resigned from HM 10.1.1939
Hospital Chaplain Christchurch Feb 1939 to 30.4.1945
Died 12 July 1954

TENNENT, Rev John
b 12.2.1906 Kilmarnock, Scotland.
w (1)  Isabella nee Campbell b - m 1932 d 1944 
w (2) Agnes nee Fordyce b 11.5.1907  m 23.12.1946 d 27.7.1976
Educated in Scotland, 3 years at the Greymouth Technical College, and 7 years
Architectural studies. Formerly Assistant Manager of a Timber Mill and a
Head Orderman , Penrose. Joined the Home Missionary service 1.2.1947
HM Picton NMP 1946,  Ordained Home Missionary 19.6.1947; raised to
full status 11.1952 and Picton raised to fully sanctioned charge in 1952.
Picton (as Minister) NMP 10.12.1952
East Gore MtP  26.11.1953
Lyttelton ChP  2.8.1960
Taneatua BPP  26.1.1967 - retired 28.2.1973
In 1923 he came to the West Coast of NZ. The first 20 years were spent in
Greymouth where John not only worked in saw milling, but trained as an
architect.  In 1932 John married Isabella Campbell. His first son, Tom, was born
in Greymouth.  Isabella's health deteriorated and she died in 1944.  John then
shifted to Auckland with his young son, Tom. St Johns Church Greymouth was
always foremost in John's mind. He was an elder, organist, and Sunday School
Superintendent amongst many other things.  The more he was involved in the
ministry of the Church in Greymouth, the more he felt the call to full time ministry.
In 1946 he was appointed Assistant Missionary to Mt Albert Church in Auckland.
His main work was in Owairaka, a new housing area.  As well as leading worship,
children's work, prayer meetings, he visited homes looking for Presbyterian families.
In 1946 John married a local Deaconess, Agnes Fordyce.  Throughout his long
ministry Agnes was a strong supporter of all John did.  They had one son, John.
In 1947 he shifted to Picton, becoming Home Missionary of that station.  John and
Agnes worked tirelessly for the people and were very quickly embraced by the
congregation.  During this period John was ordained as Minister. As well as
parish ministry John was required to do Knox College study in preparation for his
ordination. (from Obit.)
Died  15.12.1993

TE' O, Rev  Suiva' aia
From the Methodist Church
Featherston Union )
Greytown Union    )     February 1993
City Uniting Congregations, Lower Hutt  Wellington Presbytery 2004-28 January 2007

TE PAIRI, Rev Wi Patene
Rotorua Maori Pastorate, Te Aka Puaho 2009

TEPOU, Rev Liu Joseph                   Dip.Th.
w Kailelei  m 19 December 1964 d. (?)
Theological Hall, Dunedin, 1975-1978
Ordained Pacific Islanders Church, Edinburgh St, Auckland Presbytery, 18 April 1979
First Tokelau Tuvalu Pacific Island Minister ordained into the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand
Grey Lynn, Auckland Presbytery, 25 June 1980, working beside Don Chalmers to provide pastoral care and oversight to Tokelau, Tuvalu and European congregations, continuing after Don Chalmers' retirement.
Advisory role in Tokelau Bible translation
Minister Emeritus, July 2002
Died Sunday, 21 August 2016

TEPOU, Miss Sophie
Maori  Missionary
Matahi, Assist Matron  1936 - resigned 31.3.1937

TE POU, Miss Waitangi
Maori Missionary
Tanatana Miss School  1.2.1935 - resigned 31.12.1935 to be married.

TE RATANA, Rev Wiremu
Wellington Maori Pastorate, Te Aka Puaho 2009

TEREMOANA, Rev  Apu                         LTh.
w Andrea Clare  m 9 December 1967
Theological Hall, 1986-1987 (2 year  course)
Licensed First Church Invercargill, 1 December 1987
Ordained Heriot, Mataura Presbytery, 27 March 1988
Lodged Certificate,1995
Died Monday, 18 May 2015

TE RIRE, Rev  Alfred
Putauaki Maori Pastorate – Amorangi (Te Aka Puaho)  Mar 2000

TE RIRE, Rev  Arapeta (Albert) H.
23.3.1915 Matata
He worked with Tasman Paper Mills before entering ministry. 
Ord  Putauaki Maori, Whakatane (self-supporting) 14.6.1981
Died 7.1.1985, aged 69 in office.

TE RIRE, Rev Graham K.
Putuaki Maori Pastorate, Te Aka Puaho 2009

TE RIRE, Rev Jonathan Hone Arapeta (Hone)
Te Aka Puaho
Ngati Tuwharetoa, Tuhoe, Te Whanau a Apanui, and Te Whakatohea
Grew up in Onepu and Kawerau, fluent in te reo Maori learnt at home
Ordained Amorangi Minister, 2012
Maori Advisor, Presbyterian Support Northern, until 28 August 2015
Amorangi Minister, Putauaki Maori Pastorate, Te Aka Puaho, 25 June, 2012
Nawton Community Presbyterian Church, Hamilton, 27 September 2015
Grandson Arapeta Te Rire, son of Te Maungarangi Te Rire, nephew of Kahu Te Rire

TE TEIRA, Rev  Tame
b 18.6.1898 at Te Houhi, Galatea
w Ratuhi b 29.1.1903 m 30.1.1920 d 22.5.1983
Educated at Te Houhi, Te Whaiti, and secondary education at St Stephens, Waerenga
a Hika. He was on active service during World War One, and on his return
worked for the State Forest Service for some years.
Te Wananga (Maori Theol College) Whakatane 1954; he was one of the first students
at Te Wananga in 1954.
Waiohau (probationary year) 1.4.1956
Ruatahuna 27.1.1960 -  he was handicapped by failing health in latter years.
Died 4.4.1963 suddenly at meeting of Maori Synod at Ohope.

TE TEIRA, Miss Rahera
Maori Missionary
Kawerau  1939
Waimana & Language School 1.2.1940 to 1941-

TE TIOKE, Rev Tawhao
b 30.7.1920; w Julia Grace b 24.4.1914  m - d 12.7.1988
Te Wananga (Maori Theol Coll) Whakatane, preliminary yr 1955;
full course 1956-8
Te Teko 1960
Ak Maori  13.6.1962,  Ord 22.6.1962
Wn Maori 31.1.1967  ret 21.1.1986

TETLEY, Rev Barry Warren             L.Th., M.Div (Hons).      
b. Auckland
w. Christine Tetley  L.Th., M.Div. (Hons), Th.D.   m. 30.3.1968
Ord 1969  (USA)
Overseas Worker 1970 – 1986 Philippines
Lecturer, Bible College of New Zealand 1987 – 1998
Glendowie, Auckland AP  10.8.2000
St James’ Uniting Church, Onerahi NP 21 Aug 2005

TE UAUA, Mr H.
Maori Miss 1931-2.  No further information.

TE WAARA, Rev Jack
Ruatahuna Maori Pastorate -Amorangi  (Te Aka Puaho) Feb 1998

TE WHAITI, Rev Robert (Bob) Rae             B.Th.       
w Ann  m 15 December 1952
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1984-1986
Ordained Te Atatu Union Auckland Presbytery  9 April 1987
Whangarei Co-operating Parish Northland Presbytery March 1996
Raumanga-St.John’s Co-operating Parish Northland Presbytery
Minister Emeritus  Bay of Plenty Presbytery  2004
Lodged Certificate 2004
St David's, Owhata BPP for two years from 21 March 2009

THAWLEY, Very Rev. Michael David                   B.A., B.D., MPSPhC.
born: 17 May 1939 to Harold Gordon and Edna Blanche Thawley at Richmond, Nelson
wife: Dorothy Jane Howe (b. Wyndham) married: 27 January 1968 at Wyndham
Attended Havelock North Primary School and Hastings High School.
After gaining University Entrance in 1955 undertook an apprenticeship in Pharmacy, studying pharmacy on the job and at night school.
Qualified as a Pharmaceutical Chemist in 1961.
Held managerial positions in chemist shops in Hawkes Bay.
Active in the Bible Class Movement, holding leadership roles; served as Secretary and President of the Hawkes Bay District Committee of the Bible Class Union; elected to the Dominion Council of the Bible Class Movement in 1962, being elected Vice President in 1963.
Felt increasingly called to Church Minsitry. Comenced training as a student for the ministry in 1962.
Graduated with B.A in Philosophy and Sociology from Canterbury University and B.D. from Otago University.
New Zealand delegate to the Asian Christian Youth Assembly in Philippines in 1964.
He used his Pharmaceutical background to establish Medical Aid Abroad, sending supplies to Medical Missionaries.
Served under the Bible Class Movement Volunteer Service scheme as a Pharmacist in Indonesia during the summer vacation.
Theological Hall, Dunedin, 1965-1967
Ordained Associate Minister, North Invercargill, Southland Presbytery, 8 February 1968
Stokes Valley, Wellington Presbytery, 15 April 1971
St Columba's, Havelock North, Hawkes Bay Presbytery, 30 March 1978
Chaplain to Senior Girls at Iona College, Havelock North & ran weekly sessions at Primary Schools.
Short-term Minister facilitating the merging of Churches at Greytown and Featherston in the Wairarapa.
Assembly Executive Secretary of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, Wellington, after the death of Bill Best, 4 February 1986 to 1996
Sabbatical leave as visiting scholar at Princeton Theological Seminary, New York with an interim ministry nearby, followed by study in Jerusalem then work for the Presbyterian Church of South Africa. Later a scholar at Columba Theological Seminary in Atlanta.
Senior Minister, Cashmere Hills, Christchurch, Christchurch Presbytery, June 1998 to 2004
Served on Doctrine Committee 1969-1972, Union Parishes & Co-operative Ventures 1971-1975, General Administration Committee 1971-1978, Parish Development and Mission Committee (additionally as Convener) 1975-80, Finance Committee (as Consultant and Convener) 1975-1980, Church Schools (College Representative) 1982-1984), Church Union Committee (1982 to ?), Negotiating Churches Unity Council (1984 to ?).
Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church Aotearoa New Zealand, 22 September 2002 to 18 September 2004
Minister Emeritus, 31 July 2004
Ecumenism (inter-church relationships) was another interest, becoming an executive member of the National Council of Churches in 1986. Joined a five-person delegation of church leaders that visited ecumenical groups and governments in six countries to research and discuss bicultural issues and nuclear weapons.
Elected to the Council for World Mission based in London, visiting many countries over the next 10 years.
His appointment to Cashmere coincided with the divisive issue of Homosexuality in the Presbyterian Church. Rev Thawley's preference for inclusiveness led to his membership of groups and commissions working on this and other matters issue affecting Presbyterian unity.
His sensitiveness and skills, and his known views on justice, brought him to the attention of the Restorative Justice Trust in Christchurch who appointed him as their Chairman...
Active in the Christian World Service and on its National Council for three years.
Acted as the Presbyterian Church's representative on the St Andrew's College Board, Christchurch.
After retiring in 2004 he took a job as a Medical Laboratory courier driver, collecting and delivering within the Christchurch area. He loved this job despite the abrupt change from having held the top position of Moderator in the Presbyterian Church.
"A great communicator with youth... Administration was another interest and strength...His greatest attributes were tolerance, patience, and an amazing skill for lisrening"
Died 3 June 2009 at Christchurch

THEW, Rev Russell James                M.A., BTh., DPS.(Birmingham), LTh.
w Helen Ross  m 18 May 1974
Theological Hall, Dunedin 1971-1973
Ordained Associate St Stephens Invercargill 14 September 1975
Otago Peninsula Dunedin Presbytery  1 September 1977
Temuka South Canterbury Presbytery  22 March 1986
St.Paul’s, Oamaru North Otago Presbytery February 1997
Columba, Oamaru. North Otago Presbytery
Minister within the Bounds, Dunedin Presbytery, 31 January 2007
St Paul's, Timaru (Stated Supply) South Canterbury Presbytery 2008
Minister Emeritus, Southern Presbyery 17 September 2014

THOM, Rev Brian A.
From the Presb. Church of Southern Africa
St Mark’s Presb. Church, Wanganui WgP Nov 2003 (Stated Supply)
St Mark’s Presb. Church, Wanganui WgP  11 July 2004
Taihape/Waimarino and Hunterville (Stated Supply) MWGP Dec 2007
Returned to South Africa

THOM, Rev John
b. 1825 Banchory, Kincardineshire, Scotland
Youngest son of William Thom (of Ashentilly-Maryculter) and Mary nee Burnett.
Educated at the University of Edinburgh 1846 to 1848, the University of Aberdeen (MA),
And the Free Church of Scotland New College, Edinburh 1847 to 1850.
Licensed and Ordained by the Free Church of Scotland Presbytery of Kincardine O’Nell 1856
To New Zealand, arrived Wellington as Probationer on the “Oliver Lang” 19.12.1856.
Ordained Turakina (as their first Minister) WgP 1857 (his work was supported by a £50
contribution from the Free Church of Scotland)
New Plymouth 1858 (?)
“Thom came from Wanganui to reside in New Plymouth and hold services in various
districts of Taranaki towards the end of the fifties. He could not be expected to achieve
much, there was no settled charge. He was scarcely adapted for ministering to one. He
seems to have been unable to secure any hearty cooperation on the part of the
unsettled settlers.” (from “History of the PCNZ”, 1898)
Rev Thom appears to have returned south to the Hutt by the end of 1858 however he
considered that Taranaki held sufficient Presbyterians to justify the establishment of
a permanent charge there.. 
Hutt Valley WnP  9.8.1858  - first Church opened in the Hutt 11.1858, cost $80.
In latter part of 1860 he came to Auckland and was admitted as a member of Auckland
Presbytery on 1.1.1861 
Rev Thom had sometime previous received an invitation from the people of New Plymouth
to be their Minister “as soon as the present disturbances in that Province are so far
arranged as to enable him to do so.” Meanwhile he was willing to work under the direction
of Auckland Presbytery. 
St James, Auckland  (Supply) AP  to 5.8.1862 and in 1863 while the Rev Bruce was
involved with Church Extension work.
Resumed work in Taranaki Apr 1863 although may have carried our itinerant work in
the district from Dec 1860.
Commenced regular services in a chapel in Devon Street New Plymouth 12.4.1863 (This
was probably the Congregational Chapel which had been vacant since the Rev Horatious
Groube went to Melbourne in 1861).
Granted a Presbytery Certificate by the Presbytery of Auckland 5.10.1864
To Australia, arrived in New South Wales 1864 –
Admitted by the Synod of Eastern Australia 2.11.1864
To the Presb. Church of New South Wales 1864
Dubbo and Wellington c.1864 to 1866
Richmond River – Brunswick R. – Tweed R. (Coraki) 1866 to 1869
“There are some men more fitted for itinerating than for regular pastoral work. They are more
at home breaking up new ground and casting in the seed than fencing, weeding and patiently
nursing the crop into a fruitful harvest. Mr Thom was one of these.” (Dickson)
“He went to NSW and did good pioneering work there.”
“….as a laborious pioneer, he succeeded in founding several churches. His last station was
on the banks of the Richmond River, and there while in the act of ferrying a friend across
the water, his boat was accidentally upset and he was drowned.”
A foundation member of Wellington Presbytery established 3.11.1857
A member of the first Home Missions Committee of the PCNZ
Nickname “Wiggy”.
Brother of the Rev William Thom (Scotland/Australia). 
Died 2.9.1869

THOMAS, Miss
Maori Mission  -  a Bible Class member from Auckland.
Waiohau - State Teacher giving help to Mission 1927.

THOMAS, Rev Anne M.             M.P.S.
Meth Ch
Upper Hutt Co-op (self-supporting) 1984
Upper Hutt Co-op WnP  2.1986;  Term completed  31.1.1994

THOMAS,  Rev Alexander Roy
b 28.9.1901
w Margaret Rose b 8.8.1906 m 9.4.1930 d 23.8.1984
He was brought up as a Methodist; Formerly a gardener (4 years) and Public
Servant. After a few years in the Civil Service he entered the Methodist
Church Home Missions service at Helensville in 1925,       taking their three year
course. Thereafter served in several Methodist HM stations - Wakefield,
Ohura, Ngatea & Apiti ove r aperiod of 8 years. Because of lack of Church
finance in the Depression he returned home to Coromandel and worked at
various jobs till 1941 when he entered the PCNZ Home Missions service
as from 29.4.1941 Took the HM course with consistent good work. 
HM Pio Pio WkP 1941,  Ord HM 1942
Katikati BPP 1946
Palmerston North Outfields 1948
Rongotea MnP  1951
Hauraki Plains 1952, granted full status 1955
Turua WkP 15.2.1956
Kaurihohore NP 13.2.1958  ret 31.10.1966
Died 2.11.1972 Chch, aged 71

THOMAS, Rev Glyn Edwin                 B.A.
w Jenny Beverley  m  12.5.1958
Theological Hall 1959-61
Ordained Normanby TkP  30.11.1961
Lyttelton ChP 26.7.1967
Thames WkP  17.2.1972
Balmoral AP 6.9.1979
Helensville AP (Sth Kaipara)  20.8.1987
Minister Emeritus 15.6.1992

THOMAS, Rev James
fr USA
St Johns Palmerston Nth 20.12.1987 for 1 yr

THOMAS, Rev Lance Allen                B.A., B.Th.  
w Sandra Joan  m 27.11.1971
Theological Hall Dunedin 1982-84
Ordained St. Aidan’s Putaruru WkP  28.11.1984
St. John’s Presb. Church, Rotorua  BPP  3 Apr 2003
Appt. Moderator of Bay of Plenty Presbytery 14 Aug 2007

THOMAS, Rev Margaret Wynne,  A.L.C.M.  (See also entry for Rev M.W. Dellow)
b 25.1.1929;
h (1) A., Smith b - m 15.2.1958 d 21.1.1963 (drowned)  
h (2) H. Noel, Dellow b 14.2.1929 m 26.10.1980
A couple of years after her first husband died, she applied to be accepted as a student
for the ministry, and was accepted.  Having earlier done a full course at the Deaconess
College she was given a one year course in the Theological Hall, being the second
woman to be ordained, and the first to be a Parish minister.  She has a Teacher's Certificate,
an A.L.C.M., Advanced Course Certificate from the Deaconess College, and a Diploma of
Theology from the Theological Hall.
Deaconess College 1956-57 (Advanced Course) – left at end of 2nd year to be married.
Theological Hall 1966-1967
Ord Minister of Iona Christchurch  ChP  21.3.1968
Mangakino WkP 7.3.1974
St Stephens Timaru 19.2.1976 - resigned 30.6.1982
See later entry for Rev MW Dellow 

THOMAS, Miss Ruby Lena              (Mrs R.W.C. Brierly)
b 26.8.1883
HM Okaihau NP 1.4.1928 - Served Public Works Camps in the far north
Rep 1930: She had a serious accident in 11.1928; she was thrown from her horse;
she recovered, but cannot use a horse again.  
Paid a salary of £140 per annum plus car allowance on £2.3.4. later raised to
£4.3.4 monthly.
Pukemiro 1.5.1943 - resigned 30.6.1945 to marry the Rev R.W.C. Brierly.

THOMAS, Mr Thomas
HM Westport Outfields WsP  1900 
Waimangaroa WsP 1901
Reefton WsP  1902
Pongaroa WpP  1903-6

THOMAS, Rev  T.D.
Oteramika-Kennington SP (exchange) 1981

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