Rewai Te Kahu

BA, BTheol, DipMin, PSC (J), ACAT, CIMS 4

Pukenga Matua

Te Ao Māori


Rewai has over 20 year’s ministry of experience, has held a number of roles over that time and has sat on different governance bodies. From 1996 to 2006 he was on staff at Te Whare Amorangi (TWA), the Baptist Māori leadership centre, and became its Kaiwhakahere till it closed in 2006. While overseeing TWA, certificate and level 5 courses on bible, theology and Christian ministry were conducted around Aotearoa. NZQA registration requirements led to a training partnership being developed between TWA and Carey Baptist College in 1998. This widened TWA’s scope, with development of course for the Carey’s NZQA training curriculum, Te Ao Māori and Te Reo Rangatira. Through these experiences Rewai has been adjunct lecture at Carey Baptist College (1998-2009) and Bible College of New Zealand (2006)

From 2000 to 2003, Rewai and his wife Josie were also assistant Pastors at Hosanna World Harvest Church, a multi ethnic church plant in South Auckland, where they pastored the Māori community within the church.

From 2006 to the present, Rewai has been an Army chaplain within the New Zealand Defence Force. This experience has led to wider range of ministry opportunities, from working with people, community development projects within New Zealand and foreign regions, to operational and strategic management of teams and systems. In 2017, Rewai had the opportunity to attend a nine month professional military leadership course and study towards a Masters in International Security, and graduates with his masters in May 2018. Rewai is currently serving in the Headquarters of 1 (NZ) Brigade, Linton Military Camp, in a staff role of community engagement and Risk, Health & Safety management.

The leadership contribution that Rewai focus on is mana enhancement capabilities of whanau / people and communities. He has a keen eye for best practices around the pastoral care, transformation leadership and systems management. This ability has led to other opportunities over the years where Rewai has served on different governance bodies. 1996 to 2006 Rewai was on the Runanga (the Māori council) for the Bible College of New Zealand, Church elder at Palmerston north (2014 to 2017) and is currently serving as a council member on NZBMS.

Drawing on his Maori heritage and his Christian faith have shape his personal behaviour and sense of community activity. Rewai is able to walk comfortably within diverse settings and apply cultural appropriate protocols to help people feel at ease with different settings.