The Catholic Institute


Cynthia Piper

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Position: Hamilton Site Co-ordinator, Lecturer, Walk By Faith Co-ordinator

Location: Chanel Centre Hamilton

Qualifications: MA Hons (Waikato); BA (Waikato); Dip Kindergarten Teaching (Auckland)

Contact: 07 8566989 ext 839  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Research and Academic Interests: The relationship between Māori and the Catholic Church; Church History; Pastoral Ministry.


Cynthia went back to university in 1990 as a ‘mature’ student after a career as a Kindergarten Teacher and then, along with her husband, as a publican.  With an interest in cross cultural history and religion Cynthia completed her MA with first class honours focussing on the relationship between indigenous communities and the Catholic Church.   Cynthia teaches courses in Church History, Theology and Pastoral Ministry. She is also a member of the Catholic Diocese of  Hamilton Social Justice Commission.


Relevant Publications:

 O’Sullivan, Dominic, & Piper, Cynthia, eds., Tūranga Ngātahi: Standing Together: The Catholic Diocese of Hamilton 1840-2005, Dunmore Publishing Ltd, Wellington: 2005.

 “Missionary and Māori”, in O’Sullivan, Dominic, & Piper, Cynthia, eds., Tūranga Ngātahi:: Standing Together: The Catholic Diocese of Hamilton 1840-2005, Dunmore Publishing Ltd, Wellington: 2005.

“Te Koana Tuarua – The Second Spring”, in O’Sullivan, Dominic, & Piper, Cynthia, eds., Tūranga Ngātahi:: Standing Together: The Catholic Diocese of Hamilton 1840-2005, Dunmore Publishing Ltd, Wellington: 2005.

“Parish Life – A Photographic Essay”, ”, in O’Sullivan, Dominic, & Piper, Cynthia, eds., Tūranga Ngātahi:: Standing Together: The Catholic Diocese of Hamilton 1840-2005, Dunmore Publishing Ltd, Wellington: 2005.

“ ‘A red letter day in the Catholic History of our race’: The Sisters of Mary, 1936-1952” in Stimulus: The New Zealand Journal of Christian Thought and Practice, Vol  6, Issue 2 May 1998, pp.23-28.

Cynthia has other publications in a variety of fields including entries in the New Zealand Dictionary of Biography, a history of the dairy industry on the East Coast and numerous reviews and articles.