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Since the mid-1900s, the Baptist Churches of New Zealand has fostered work amongst Māori. There have been various forms to this work which is currently carried out by Manatū Iriiri Māori.

Te Whainga Matua (the vision) of Manatū Iriiri Māori is: To see all Māori come to Jesus, reaching their full potential, and positively transforming their whānau, community and world in which they live.

Manatū Iriiri Māori aims to encourage and influence all Māori to discover and live out a lifelong devotion to Jesus and His purposes. This is achieved through the resourcing and implementing of relevant leadership initiatives amongst:

  • Whānau (family)

  • Rangatahi (youth), and

  • Rangatiratanga (leadership).

Over the next three years,  Manatū Iriiri Māori have a specific strategy to identify, support, and assess tūturu rangatahi (those whose Māori culture and language is deeply entrenched).

Kaihautū: Gives leadership to the big picture vision to see all Māori come to Jesus, and reaching their full potential and positively transforming their whānau, community and world in which they live.

National Strategic Team: Are ten members from around the country who work with the Kaihautū to develop and implement the national vision. The team meet four times a year and collaborate with regional groups to ensure the voice of those groups is heard in a coherent national vision.

David Moko                            -Kaihautū, Manatū Iriiri Māori
Ben Wakefield                       - Paraparaumu Baptist Church
Douglas Ateremu McNeill     - South West Baptist Christchurch
Josie Te Kahu                       - Palmerston North Central Baptist
Leonnie Motu                        - Hosanna Dannevirke Baptist Church
Luke Kaa-Morgan                 - Franklin Baptist Church
Matt Renata                          - Hutt City Baptist Church
Mike Norman                        - Manatū Iriiri Māori Ngāpuhi representitive
Ray Totorewa                       - Welcome Bay Baptist Church
Steve Mihaere (Chairman)   - Manukau City Baptist Church

Funding Trust: Te Haahi Iriiri Hauhake o Aotearoa Charitable Trust was established in 2001. The Board of Trustees (BOT) believe in the long term vision of Manatū Iriiri Māori. Their primary role is to financially resource Manatū Iriiri Māori in alignment with the national vision.

Contact our Manatū Iriiri Māori Team

David Moko

Kaihautu – Manatū Iriiri Māori

E: [email protected]
P: +64 9 526 7952

Duncan Andrews

Kaiwhakahaere - Manatū Iriiri Māori

E: [email protected]
P: +64 9 526 6365





Postal Address
National Resource Centre, PO Box 12 149,
Penrose, Auckland 1642

Physical Address
473 Great South Road, Penrose, Auckland


Phone: (09) 526 0333

Email: [email protected]


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