Dilworth appoints new Associate Chaplain

Earlier this month, in the midst of a Level 4 lockdown, Dilworth’s new Associate Chaplain Wiremu Kingi commenced in his role.

Mr Kingi grew up in Invercargill and spent his young adulthood living in Christchurch. His mother who is part Croatian and part Maori grew up in Northland and his father was from the Bay of Plenty. Growing up, Mr Kingi’s parents did their best to teach him about his Maori culture and language with only a small number of Maori living in Invercargill at the time.

Since then, Mr Kingi has spent over 13 years working as a Youth Worker, with three and a half of those as a School Chaplain. He is excited to start his new role at Dilworth where he will be teaching Christian Education at the Junior Campus, assisting with Chapel across the three campuses and running bible studies.

“My passion is to see young people developed and empowered to be the awesome human beings they are created to be. Dilworth School’s mahi does that and more,” said Mr Kingi of his decision to work at Dilworth.

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He is looking forward to working alongside Rev Worboys and the Pastoral Care team as well as launching a new project.

“I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge all of Rev Worboy’s work recently, without the help of an Associate Chaplain. Now that I’m here, I hope to be an asset to him and the team. One project I look forward to launching is a youth worship band”, he explains.

For the last four years, Mr Kingi has been living and working in England as a School Chaplain and Senior Youth Worker at Christ Church Pennington and Lowton CofE High School. He was involved in a range of pastoral leadership activities, including the delivery of weekly worship in assemblies, one-on-one mentoring and bible studies.

Prior to this, Mr Kingi was living in Christchurch and working as a Youth Pastor and School Youth Work Team Leader at South West Baptist Church - Cashmere High School.

He has a strong and sustained passion for working with youth.

“I love seeing young people have that ‘aha’ moment where they understand something and run with it. Be that in the classroom, on the sports field or their personal lives,” he explains.

Mr Kingi particularly recognises the importance of helping young people, specifically young men, to look after their spiritual wellbeing and nurture their relationship with God.

“If a young man understands his value to God, he knows his value in this world. I can’t think of a better foundation in a youth culture where worth is commodified in likes, comments and follows”, said Mr Kingi.

Having now settled back in New Zealand and living in Mangere Bridge with his wife, aside from his new work life, Mr Kingi looks forward to spending some time on his hobbies including Olympic weightlifting, watching movies, rugby and eating his favourite foods – pudding and biscuits.

September 22, 2021