The Sir Paul Reeves Memorial Lecture

Each year, a significant thinker, scholar or academic in New Zealand society is invited to reflect upon the issues that engaged Sir Paul and that he was passionate about…justice, fairness and equality for all people.

His values emerged from a spirituality that encompassed both traditional and progressive thought and which underpinned his whole life. The Memorial Lecture advances public understanding and debate about significant issues of contemporary interest.

Here is his story, written by Gavin Maclean, Senior Historian at Manata« Taonga, Ministry of Culture and Heritage. 



2021 Dr. Don Moffat:
Cultural Windows in Theological Education: Biculturalism’s Benefits for Theological Education

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I want to address the issue of how the Bible is read. In particular, I want to look at the Hebrew Bible, or what we know as the Old testament of the Christian Bible. I want to argue that cultures of the South Pacific, that is, Maori and Pasifika cultures, offer us valuable windows into these ancient texts and we need those windows. 


Dr Don Moffat is the Sir Paul Reeves Lecturer in Biblical Studies at the St John’s Theological College. He has over 30 years of experience in theological education. Currently, Don is a visiting lecturer at the University of Otago as part of his role at St John’s College.


Thursday 1 July 2021, 7:00pm

Light refreshments will be served prior to the lecture and after. 

Entertainment (Birkenhead College Samoan Au Siva)

Venue: Vaughan Park Retreat Centre – Thomas Vaughan Meeting Room


2018 Archbishop Emeritus Sir David Moxon:
The inter faith struggle against modern slavery and human trafficking today

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Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin Welby agreed in the June of 2013 to collaborate with all people of goodwill and in faith communities all over the world , to seek to end modern slavery and human trafficking . There have been many efforts by many groups over many years, but the solidarity of faith communities can add a new movement of advocacy, compassion and prevention that makes a significant difference . It is estimated the over 30 million people are being enslaved today .

In 2014 global faith leaders signed a common declaration with the Pope in Rome in this cause, calling slavery a crime against humanity . This declaration is now being referenced and applied in many parts of the world. In Aotearoa New Zealand new initiatives are also emerging.


Sir David John Moxon KNZM is a New Zealand Anglican bishop. He was until June 2017, the Archbishop of Canterbury's Representative to the Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome. He was previously the Bishop of Waikato in the Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki, the archbishop of the New Zealand dioceses and one of the three primates of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. In the 2014 New Year Honours, he was appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the Anglican Church.

During Moxon's time in Rome the Anglican Centre has focused its mission aspect on ecumenical education and networking in the area of modern slavery and human trafficking, as well as ecumenical networking for refugee ministry. On 5 October 2016, Moxon helped facilitate the fourth meeting of Francis and Welby, where they publicly renewed their respective communions' commitment to deeper dialogue and greater mutual partnership in mission, as part of the 50th anniversary of the first official visit of an Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury to a Pope, and of the establishment of the Anglican Centre in Rome. Moxon's term in Rome is described in Mary Reath's book "An Open Door: The Anglican Centre in Rome, 2003 to 2016", Canterbury Press, 2016, and in the UK Church Times June 16 2017 article, "Moxon moves on", by the Vatican journalist, Philippa Hitchen.

In retirement Moxon has been made patron of the Faith Community Nurses Association, and a Pihopa Awahina ( honorary assistant) Bishop of the Maori Bishopric area of Te Manawa o te Wheke, a member of the St Mary's Diocesan School Board Stratford,and a Board fellow of College House Christchurch. Moxon picked up his role as a governor of the Anglican Centre in Rome again, continuing as co -chair of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission. Moxon is also commencing a Chaplaincy with the Order of St John. Moxon is co-chair with Cardinal Tobin of New Jersey, of the Walking Together Foundation advisory committee, which seeks to fund Catholic and Anglican Bishop partnerships for aid, development, justice and peace globally.

Moxon is married to Tureiti, who has Ngati Kahungunu and Ngati Tahu Māori links.


Thursday 27th September 2018,  7pm

Light refreshments will be served prior to the lecture and after.

Venue:  Massey University – Albany – Sir Neil Waters LectureTheatre  (SNW100) – Gate 1



Previous Lectures

2012 Professor Sir Mason Durie, Constitutional change in New Zealand: 2020 and Beyond

2013 Dr. Manuka Henare, Melodies Eternally New

2014 Professor Paul Moon, What’s past is prologue: nostalgia and utopianism in New Zealand

2015 Professor David V Williams, “The Treaty of Waitangi – The Magna Charta of New Zealand:
Rhetoric or Reality?

2016 Professor Michael Belgrave, Auckland in crisis: What should government do?

2017 Judge Sarah Reeves and Puna Wano-Bryant, Restoration, Redress, Reconciliation, A reflection on Parihaka and resolution of Māori-Crown grievances in the settlement era


The Inaugural Vaughan Park Sir Paul Reeves Memorial Lecture held at Vaughan Park on 16 July 2012 has been memorialised in the grounds of the Centre.

Prior to Professor Sir Mason Durie delivering the Lecture, a Kowhai tree was planted and a bronze plaque was placed beside the tree. During the Festival of Mātāriki there was a blessing of the tree to mark this significant occasion.