February 07, 2017
Bishops get Maori minder
A senior Maori Catholic has been appointed to help New Zealand bishops strengthen their commitment to Katorika Maori.
Deacon Danny Karatea-Goddard has been working in the Palmerston North diocese as vicar to Maori.
He will have direct pastoral responsibilities in the Archdiocese Wellington as Turanga Maori alongside his part time role as and with the Bishops’ Conference secretariat.
Deacon Karatea-Goddard says he and his wife Maru were born in Wellington and benefited from the Whakatupuranga Ruamano – Generation 2000 tribal plan started in the 1970s by Ngati Raukawa-te-au-ki-te-Tonga, Ngati Toarangatira and Te Ati Awa.
It has always been their intention to come home to Wellington, to seek work which would enable them to serve and minister to the community that nurtured them during their formative years.
Deacon Karatea-Goddard worked as a teacher ands in Maori development before working for the church, and he was also part of the Maori translation team developing liturgical texts in te reo.
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