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Revd Dr Wayne Te Kaawa

Wayne Te Kaawa 2020 Image 1xBTheol (Otago), MMin(Otago), PhD(Otago)

Room 4S3, Arts Building
Tel +64 3 471 6458

I am Revd Dr Wayne Te Kaawa, originally from the Eastern Bay of Plenty towns of Kawerau and Whakatane. I whakapapa to Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Awa and Tuhoe. I completed my PhD in Theology this year and have taken on a Lectureship in the Department of Theology in the area of Māori Theology.

I am a very proud product of the University of Otago having completed by undergraduate degree and post-graduate degrees here in Theology. I am also a licensed and ordained minister of the Presbyterian church of Aotearoa New Zealand.

My research areas include Māori and indigenous theology.


Current postgraduate students

  • Christopher Douglas-Huriwai (PhD) Te Oro Atua: Taonga Puoro and the Indigenisation of the Liturgy
  • Michael Tamihere (PhD) Matakite, Tohunga, Ariki / Prophet, Priest, and Paramount Chief: Toward a Māori Ecclesiology

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Te Kaawa, W. (2021). Special bond with treaty. Otago Daily Times, (19 February). Retrieved from

Te Kaawa, W. M. R. (2020). Re-visioning Christology through a Māori lens (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from

Te Kaawa, W. (2017). Re-visioning christology through a Māori and indigenous lens. In A. Finigan, M. Taumoepeau, R. Richards & M. Schaaf (Eds.), Proceedings of the Pacific Postgraduate Symposium: Pacific Voices XIV. (pp. 33). Dunedin, New Zealand: Pacific Islands Centre, University of Otago. Retrieved from

Te Kaawa, W. (2012). A gifted people: Māori and Pākehā covenants within the Presbyterian church. In H. Morrison, L. Paterson, B. Knowles & M. Rae (Eds.), Mana Māori and Christianity. (pp. 3-22). Wellington, New Zealand: Huia.