After 18 months as chief government of Te Kupenga Catholic Management Institute, Dr Areti Metuamate has resigned from the position, due to household commitments.
“My spouse is Aboriginal Australian. We have now a blended household throughout Australia and New Zealand, and Covid has had a huge effect on us with the ability to see household on each side,” he mentioned.
Dr Metuamate, whose preliminary contract was for 2 years, mentioned he had thought deeply in regards to the matter, weighing issues akin to what extra he may do for the organisation towards the wants of his household.
“My household, in fact, is my primary precedence,” he mentioned. Dr Metuamate’s resignation had been accepted by the Te Kupenga board in Could.
Dr Metuamate mentioned he will likely be unhappy to not oversee the switch of the Catholic Theological Faculty from its current premises to the St Columba Centre on Vermont St, Ponsonby.
“It’s possible that they’ll transfer by the top of the 12 months or the beginning of subsequent 12 months. In fact, I received’t be right here to see the fruit of our work,” he mentioned, as he recalled the numerous conferences and discussions with architects and bishops, in addition to with the bishops’ finance committee.
Dr Metuamate mentioned that, when he was appointed in December, 2019, he was advised that his job was to deliver three distinct organisations — Good Shepherd Faculty, The Catholic Institute, and the Nathaniel Centre — below one umbrella.
“I feel we’ve performed a very good job there. Not simply me, however the many individuals who’ve helped,” he mentioned. “All of the bishops, our employees and key individuals within the diocese have all helped to deliver collectively Te Kupenga.”
He mentioned they have been in a position to provide you with constant insurance policies throughout the board for workers, in addition to engaged on a finances and getting an understanding of the brand new organisation’s funds and revenues.
“We had the accountability of creating positive that we weren’t asking the bishops for an excessive amount of cash, and discovering different methods to usher in income to make the organisation work and [be] robust,” he mentioned.
The pandemic had impacted the funds of the brand new organisation in its first 12 months, however Dr Metuamate mentioned that issues are wanting higher this 12 months.
“We’re very longing for the scholar numbers going ahead,” he mentioned. “We’ve already had some indication that there’s a rise within the variety of college students in a few of our programmes. That was not the case final 12 months.”
Dr Metuamate mentioned that he spent the final 12 months constructing the profile and model of Te Kupenga, in order that it’s recognised by individuals throughout the nation. He visited about 25 faculties within the final 18 months.
Dr Metuamate mentioned that, though he has resigned, he has promised to assist the organisation, in addition to work on among the tasks that they’ve began.
One of many tasks he’s at the moment engaged on is the historical past of Māori Catholics.
“I get requested lots, after I journey across the nation, in regards to the Māori historical past of the Church, the important thing Māori Catholic individuals and what they’ve performed,” he mentioned. “What I realised is we don’t have lots of sources accessible for faculties, for parish leaders and even for our college students right here at Te Kupenga.”
He mentioned the undertaking is below approach, with Auckland College researcher Dr Rowan Gentle main it.
“This is without doubt one of the tasks I’ll keep on doing, even after I end in my position at Te Kupenga, and I’ll do this voluntarily,” he mentioned.
Dr Metuamate mentioned he’s assured he’s leaving the organisation in good palms.
“[The Te Kupenga staff] are doing good work for the Church and for the group. And I’m so pleased with them for persevering with to seek out methods to succeed in out and connect with individuals throughout the nation, particularly the communities which can be struggling,” he mentioned.