The Catholic Institute

TCI Council

Members of the Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand Council are appointed by the NZ Council of Catholic Bishops. Appointments are guided by the trust deed that formed the Institute and are for a three year period.  An effort is made to balance appointments from all Dioceses, race and gender having regard to the particular spread of expertise the Council is seeking to help govern the Institute. The Council is responsible to the Bishops of New Zealand. 

Council Chair

Mr Malcolm Farry

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BDS (Otago); Fellowship New Zealand Dental Association; Companion New Zealand Order of Merit CNZM; Papal award for services to Catholic Education.

Council Members


Mr John Butterfield

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GradDip. Arts (Psych)Retired from:  NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants;Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.

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Sr Sian Owen

PhD Candidate (ACU)


Bishop Steve Lowe

Bishop SL

BTheol (Otago); Lic. Spiritual Theology (Gregorium)


Bishop Charles Drennan


B. Phil; M.Theol; MA (1st class hons):Ed; Dip. Tching


Mr John Gallaher


BCom: Acctg and Info Syst(Otago); Associate Chartered Accountant ANZIM; Associate NZIM;Member NZ Institute of Directors.

Mrs Catherine Fyfe


Dip.Bus (Massey)

Mr Mark Richards

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B.Theol (Otago); Licentiate in Moral Theology (Alphonsianum); P.G.Dip. H.R. Mgmt (VUW)


Mr Richard Kerr-Bell


Māori Representative; BTheol (Otago)


Mrs Maia Williams

Māori Representative; Principal of St Marcellin School, Whanganui.