Christian schooling throughout New Zealand is usually initiated and sustained by:
- a local community that has a passion for and commitment to Christian schooling
- a group of parents who wish their children to have a Christian education, and
- a legal entity (normally a Trust) that owns the land and buildings.
NZCPT wishes to support and nurture this approach to Christian schooling, as it is consistent with the biblical mandate of parental responsibility for the education of children, and it is proven to work.
The NZCPT model leaves ownership of the school assets in local hands (ie. The Land Trust). The NZCPT Vision is to empower the local group to be vision carriers as well as owners.
Christian Schools Association of Queenstown
Chairperson: Steven Batstone
This bio is being updated.
Wellington Christian Education Trust
Chairperson: Matt Mansell
Matt is the founding member and chairperson of the Wellington Christian Education Trust. Matt trained as a secondary school teacher and, while he has since left teaching, is passionate about Christian education in New Zealand. Matt currently works as a strategic change management consultant helping companies become learning organisations. Matt is currently a part of the Story Vineyard church plant in Wellington. Prior to this he was a member of the Capital Vineyard Christian Fellowship for 19 years.
Hawera Christian Education Trust
Chairperson: John Omundsen
John has been married for fifty years and has two adult children and enjoys six grandchildren. John Omundsen has been involved in Christian Education for some years and was the team leader setting up a Christian School in Hawera using the ACE Curriculum in the early nineteen-eighties. Since this time John has taught as well as been Principal of the school, and also served as pastor for the congregation associated with the school.
When the church circumstances and vision changed, the school was obliged to separate itself from the founding church and became associated with NZCPT. John is now the Chairman for the HCET which oversees the Hawera Christian School property. Their main task at the moment is to expedite the purchase of the property where the school is functioning.
Tau Te Arohanoa Akoranga Trust
Chairperson: Owen Rogers
Owen Rogers has been involved in various roles within Tau Te Arohanoa Akoranga Trust since about 2005 and has particularly been interested in securing the future for Tamariki of Kaipara, a suitably comfortable, compatible and compliant Kura that will cater for the furtherance and nurturing of not only the Maori Language but the ethos, kaupapa and mana of the Maori.
Although Owen’s particular skills may only be seated in his profession of Diesel Engineer, i.e. practical; God has used common people to further His Kingdom, so as Owen journeys further with Him he prays that he not be a hindrance to His purpose but may be an instrument to further His Kingdom so that many others may learn of His Saving Grace.
Owen particularly has enjoyed the great blessing and honour of being welcomed onto a Marae and especially at a Tangi, the children’s productions and Hakas which send shivers down his spine and seeing their development.
A family man himself, he has experienced God’s blessings with five grown children and nine precious grandchildren (mokopuna). Owen lives on a small block of land in Helensville, which he anticipates a dwelling will be the next blessing He will realise for us.
Owen is very excited that our partner church is in the planning stage of a facility at Kumeu at no mere expense to them. To reach out to the wider Kaipara area and beyond is a humbling experience to be involved in. I pray this vision will be brought about as we earnestly seek His Wisdom and Provision.
Chairperson: Vaughan Darby
Vaughan is married to Mary and has two sons, Joshua and Samuel. Josh (31) is in the Fire Service and Sam (29) is presently based in Stung Treng, Cambodia, working with Asian Outreach Cambodia (AOC).
This has seen Vaughan getting involved and he now services on the AOC Board as a trustee.
Vaughan has been involved with the KingsWay Trust for nearly 20 years. While KWT’s original vision was to provide Christian schooling in the immediate area of Silverdale, that vision has been expanded recently to cover the greater Auckland area.
He has a passion for Christian education, especially preparing our children so they can live out their faith in the world they live in.
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Whangarei Christian Education Trust
Representative: Peter Halvorson
Peter Halvorson first became involved with Christian Education in 1980 when with his wife Beryl they became involved as founding parents of Kamo Christian College students, now Excellere College.
Peter and Beryl have been married 52 years, have 4 sons, who attended Kamo Christian College, and have 11 grandchildren of whom 3 currently attend Excellere College. They also raised 2 foster sons who attended K.C.C. Beryl served as a monitor at K.C.C. under the A.C.E. Program and along with Peter worked as caretakers for several years. Their eldest son trained as an accountant, the next as a sign writer and he has continued in this in his own business for a further 16 years training up several others in this. Their 3rd son trained as an architect and still works for himself in this trade. Their youngest son trained as a teacher at Kamo Christian Teachers College and Masters Institute in Auckland and then worked in teaching at Taupo & Kaitaia Schools before becoming Youth Pastor of Alive Church Kamo. He is currently working as a Pastor with Arise Church, Whangarei Campus.
Peter and Beryl have been involved with the purchase of property and the establishment of School Buildings that Excellere College presently enjoy. Peter has served on the Board of Trustees of the College in Whangarei and in Pastoral Ministry with Beryl in Kaikohe, Dannevirke and Whangarei and Peter is currently a board member of Whangarei Christian Education Trust.
Peter & Beryl's, passion is to create and maintain an environment where in working alongside families, children can grow and excel in all ways and make a positive impact in the world.