Alistair lives with his wife Jeannie on a farm in Paengaroa, Aotearoa New Zealand. He has postgraduate degrees in Theology, History and Tikanga Māori. His PhD in theology was conferred by the University of Auckland in . Alistair is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Auckland and his research and speaking interests include post-colonialism, reconciliation and prohetism. Alistair is involved in local and national efforts to promote reconciliation between Māori and Pākehā and exploring understandings of what an indigenous form of Christianity might look like.
No Te Arawa ahau, Ngati Pukenga te Iwi, Ko Tapuika te Hapu, Ngati Moko te Marae. David was born in Te Puke and grew up in Tokoroa. In 1980 he became a committed Christian, and in 1982 became interested in national and international missionary work. Through this interest he developed strategic relationships that helped to shape him for a career pathway in fulltime Christian ministry for most of his adult life.
In 2007 he was appointed Kaihautu for Baptist Māori Ministries o Aotearoa by the BMM Runanga, accepted and affirmed by the Baptist National Assembly Council and commissioned on July 28, 2007.
David values relationships and connectedness, so is comfortable with close relationships and enjoys turning strangers into friends. He is an includer, a bridge-builder of people, a philosophy around which he orientates his life. He likes expanding a group, so that as many people as possible can benefit from its support. His family is a very important part of his life.
Samuel was born and grew up in Pukekohe, where his Cornish ancestors have lived since the early 1870s. Ko Waikato te awa, Ko Pukekohe te maunga. He graduated from the University of Auckland with Law and Arts degrees in 2002 and practised law from 2002 to 2007. In March 2008 he completed an M.A. thesis exploring the intellectual and cultural contexts for New Zealand parliamentary debates (late 1850s & early 1860s) in relation to Māori policy; the thesis earned distinction. In 2009 he completed a Diploma in te reo Māori at Tai Tokerau Wananga. He has worked for the Waitangi Tribunal as a research analyst and inquiry facilitator, and is now an historian for the Office of Treaty Settlements.
Hana was born and grew up in the Waikato. She has Danish and English ancestry. She has a BFA from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. She has taught art and art history at Secondary and Tertiary level and exhibits her own work. She is married to Samuel and Mum to Tom, Henry and Rose. She is involved in the daily life of the community of Waiwhetu, Lower Hutt, Wellington.
Blair was born in Birkenhead, North Shore, and is of Scottish and English ancestry (but leans more fondly towards his Scottish ancestry!). He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Property from the University of Auckland in 2003. Since then he has worked predominately as a litigation lawyer. He has a keen interest in rugby and golf. Although, regretfully, his rugby playing days are drawing to a close, he is currently involved in coaching. He is very interested in New Zealand culture, and in the theme of unity and reconciliation, as was once aptly articulated by Winston Churchill when he said ‘let’s go forward together’.
Karuwhā Trust is privileged to have the Bishop of Te Tai Tokerau (Northland-Auckland), The Right Reverend Te Kitohi Wiremu Pikaahu LTh, MTh (Oxon) as patron. Bishop Pikaahu was ordained Bishop in 2002 at the age of 37 and remains one of the youngest Bishops in the worldwide Anglican Communion. Bishop Pikaahu is of Ngāpuhi descent.