The Governance Board invites applications for Vaughan Park Residential Scholarships in 2021.

A Scholarship offers the successful applicant a supportive and encouraging space and place for reflection, study and work. Comfortable en-suite studio acommodation and all meals are provided. 

Applicants can be lay or ordained, hold a recognised level of tertiary education, be committed to an approved subject of study and able to be resident at Vaughan Park for the period of the Scholarship.

There will be one two-month Scholarship and four one-month Scholarships available in 2021. In your application, please indicate your three preferences for the months when you would be able to undertake your study. The month of May is not available. 

How to apply

Applications should be made in writing to the Scholarship Grants Committee of the Vaughan Park Governance Board and include:

  • a short biography 
  • an abstract and overall context of the study
  • references from at least two and no more than three referees
  • your three preferences of study period

Applications close on 4th September 2020.

To apply, please email the Chaplain, the Rev. Sapati Tima @

Some kind words from former Scholars…

Cherry Hamilton, UK

My month at Vaughan Park was one of the best experiences I've ever had.  The director, John, picked me up from the airport, and from the very start he and his wonderful, friendly team of staff made me feel like a VIP.  The facilities at the centre are second to none - much more like a hotel than a retreat centre - with the scholar's studio being especially well equipped, and with a view of the sea!  The library where I worked is such a peaceful place, built into the side of a hill, with grass for a roof; like a state of the art hobbit cave.  The spectacular views and diverse selection of books helped me to feel inspired, and Joy the assistant priest was always on hand to provide wise guidance, a shoulder to cry on and a good chat with a cup of tea.

The food at Vaughan Park was second to none.  As well as the healthy meals mentioned on the website, there are also plenty of indulgent treats and no need ever to go hungry!  I met several other guests from all around the world over the course of my stay, all with interesting stories to tell.  And the setting of the centre - right next to a stunning unspoilt beach and nature reserve made the whole experience feel like a taste of paradise.

Although I came to Vaughan Park to study and write, the atmosphere was very much one of no pressure.  This gave me the freedom to really think about where my writing was going, and to make necessary changes.  In fact, this was even encouraged! 

I simply couldn't recommend Vaughan Park enough, whether to a scholar, or anyone else looking for a place of rest and inspiration.  Vaughan Park is not just about a stunning venue, but the kind and fascinating people.  It will always be a part of me and I hope to maintain close links and perhaps to return one day.


The Rev. Dr. Geoff New, Aotearoa New Zealand 

Rev John Fairbrother, the board and staff of Vaughan Park Anglican Retreat Centre - your gift of three months residency to study was literally life changing.  The space you created, nurtured and protected was profound.  The discernment and sensitivity accorded to me during my stay was Christlike.  Few things in life exceed expectations - but your scholarship programme is out of this world and a foretaste of heaven!


Professor Nicola Slee, UK

I was fortunate enough to be awarded a research scholarship at Vaughan Park Anglican Retreat Centre, Long Bay, one of the lovely beach suburbs of Auckland.  I owe a very special debt to all the staff at Vaughan Park, and most particularly to John Fairbrother, the Director, and his wife Margaret, for their generous Kiwi hospitality.  Vaughan Park is not only a beautiful place to set down for a while, with the beach and parkland right on one's doorstep, but a place of wide and inclusive welcome, of liberality of mind and heart, renewal, healing and vitality, where I was encouraged to relish my freedom and inhabit the space in whatever way was good for me.  I was nourished and held by a rhythm of daily prayer and regular eucharistic worship from the New Zealand Prayer Book, as well as by excellent food and free-flowing New Zealand wines, and above all, by the loving friendship I received from the community.  I enjoyed many stimulating conversations about the project - and much more besides - with John and Margaret and others, and had a number of opportunities for trying out some of the poems in this book with the worshipping community.


Pat Marsh, UK

...One of the things that I think I am learning is that it's better to travel simply with openness to God, rather than with expectations, which always come from limited viewpoints anyway.

I had this image in my head that I would wander along the beautiful beach, return to deep peace and stillness and simply let the words pour out of me.  And, for a variety of reasons, it hasn't happened quite like that.  There has been a far richer variety of people to meet and have conversations with than I could possibly have imagined, and those conversations have enriched and influenced my time here in very positive ways that will, without a doubt, impact my future ministry.  The stillness that I had anticipated has been punctuated by 'Godly encounters' that have seemed to be more important.

 Vaughan Park has far surpassed my expectations.  It' superb facilities, amazing location, wonderful hospitality, caring and friendly staff, and deeply important underpinning prayer are a combination that every retreat leader dreams of. 

The use of 'space' and the sensitive development of this site are true models for how a retreat house can 'be'; offering superb hospitality to secular guests whilst retaining intimacy, privacy and a rhythm of prayer for its more conventional retreat guests.  The two co-exist happily together at Vaughan Park.  These aspects are further enhanced by the high quality of the facilities at Vaughan Park and the attention to detail in the non-intrusive hospitality of the staff.  I will certainly be recommending Vaughan Park to others.

Through the unconditional gift of its scholarship programme, Vaughan Park and its team have really modelled Christ to me.  Retreats should come with a health warning though: beware, retreats can change your life!

Our Scholars for 2020 introduce themselves... 

  • Abigail McLutchie, Aotearoa New Zealand

    Scholar February 2020

    Brought up in Manurewa, South Auckland, I am working towards a PhD part-time at the Management and International Business Department of the University of Auckland Business School. I also work at the more»
  • Dr. Bex Lewis, United Kingdom

    Scholar March and April 2020

    I am passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where I have more than 20 years’ experience. I am a Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at more»
  • Anna Sjardin-Killick, Aotearoa New Zealand

    Scholar May 2020

    Hi! I’m Anna, a 39-year-old woman originally from Tauranga. We recently moved to the ‘foreign’ land of Dargaville and are finally starting to settle in.  My favourite aspect of more»
  • Andrew Killick, Aotearoa New Zealand

    Scholar May 2020

    Born and raised in Auckland, I now live in Northland with my wife Anna. I have been actively involved in art, music, design, photography, video, poetry, prose and publishing for over 25 years. I am more»
  • The Rev. Pennie Vaione Togiatama-Otto, Aotearoa New Zealand

    Scholar July 2020

    I am a Kiwi-born Niuean with roots from Avatele Oneonepata and Makefu Falekahoatua. I am married to a native Samoan, Togia Tavita who hails from Vailuutai and Vaiala. Together we have four children - more»
  • Annie Short, Aotearoa New Zealand

    Scholar August 2020

    During my 45 year career, I have worked in many fields, including primary teaching in South Auckland, in the Fraud Department of American Express Cards and in Export Co-ordination in the fishing more»
  • Lincoln Jaques, Aotearoa New Zealand

    Scholar September 2020

    I hold an MA and a Master of Creative Writing. My poetry and fiction has been published in New Zealand, the US and Ireland, most recently in a fine line (NZ Poetry Society), Mayhem, Fast Fibres, The more»
  • Professor Deborah Swinglehurst, United Kingdom

    Scholar November 2020

    I am a Professor of Primary Care at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and combine my role with working as a General Practitioner in Suffolk, UK. I am a qualitative researcher leading an more»
  • Mary Jane Miller

    September - October 2019 Vaughan Park Residential Scholar

    I am an icon painter and teacher, living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. For the past 25 years, my reverence for creation and prayer has led me to study the ancient iconography egg tempera more»
  • Jennifer Lewis

    June - July 2019 Vaughan Park Residential Scholar

    Though I grew up in southern New Jersey, my time in places beyond the state is enough to make “home” an amorphous place. In the last ten years, I have lived in five states, two countries, more»
  • Dr Anne Shave

    March - April 2019 | The Vaughan Park Residential Scholar

    I have lived for most of my life in Christchurch. For over 20 years I worked as a secondary school teacher, After the Christchurch earthquakes I worked part-time in a Catholic girls’ school, more»
  • Anne Aalbers

    July - September 2018 | The Vaughan Park Scholar in Residence

    I am an Aucklander, educated by the Dominican Sisters in Henderson for my intermediate and high school years. It was from these Sisters that I learned a love of theology and languages, and a more»
  • Daniel Leatherman

    March - May 2018 | The Vaughan Park Scholar in Residence

    Daniel Leatherman – (Hawaii) - The Vaughan Park Scholar in Residence I was born and raised in the Hawaiian Islands and remained active in the Episcopal Church throughout primary and secondary more»
  • Kathleen Rushton RSM

    March - May 2017 | The Vaughan Park Scholar in Residence

    I am a member of Nga Whaea Atawhai Sisters of Mercy and live in Otautahi Christchurch where I have spent most of my adult life. My rural upbringing on a South Canterbury hill country farm in sight of more»
  • February  Yvonne Ualesi (Aotearoa) I am a New Zealand born Pasifika doctoral scholar at The University of Auckland. I am of Samoan, Tokelauan and Fijian descent, married and we have four teenage more»
  • The Rev. Dr. Catherine Laufer

    July - September 2017 | The Vaughan Park Scholar in Residence

    I grew up in Sydney, the daughter of Hungarian Holocaust survivors. I was baptised as an infant as 'protection' against future genocide and came to own Christian faith at an Anglican more»
  • Miles Hadley

    March - May 2016 | The Vaughan Park Scholar in Residence

    Born in England, Miles has been educated and has worked around the world. He read at History at the University of Aberdeen and graduated in 2003. The course included an internship in Washington D.C. more»
  • The Rev. Anastasia Webster-Hawes

    July - September 2016 | The Vaughan Park Scholar in Residence

    I am married to Donald, and am the mother of eight children and Rector of the Parish of Blayney, which has seven widely-flung churches in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales, part of the more»
  • Jodie Porter

    2015 | The Vaughan Park Scholar in Residence

    Many Iwi are actively and strategically working towards the greater development and advancement of their people.  There is a great urgency for iwi to be able to monitor progress in a way that more»
  • Dr. Julie Thorpe

    2014 | The Vaughan Park Scholar in Residence

    Julie received her PhD in History from the University of Adelaide in 2007 and from 2007-2009 held visiting research and teaching positions at the Australian National University and University of more»
  • Dr. Robert Myles

    2014 | Resident Scholar

    Robert recently completed his PhD in Theology at the University of Auckland, receiving a place on the Dean of Graduate Studies List for excellence in doctoral research. A revised version of his more»
  • Linda Pollock

    2013 The Vaughan Park Scholar in Residence

    Linda was born in Northern Ireland in 1962 and grew up in “Loyalist West Belfast” in the midst of “The Troubles.” At 19 Linda spent a year in the USA working with the Church more»
  • Russell Smith

    2013 Resident Scholar

    Originally from Auckland, Russell now lives in Nelson. He is a Lay Minister at the Nelson Cathedral actively involved in teaching and preaching. He is currently the Dean’s Warden, a member of more»
  • Traceyanne Herewini

    2012 The Vaughan Park Scholar in Residence

    Traceyanne Herewini is proudly of Ngati Kahu ki Whangaroa, Ngaati Kahungunu, Rangitane, English, Irish,   Scottish and Scandinavian descent. Initially, she worked as a primary teacher in more»
  • The Rev. Dr. Lynne Frith

    2012 Distinguished Academic Visitor

    The Rev. Dr. Lynne Frith describes herself as a theologian practitioner outside the academy.Lynne was ordained in the Methodist Church in New Zealand Te Haahi Weteriana o Aotearoa 30 years ago, and more»
  • The Rev. Sylvia 'Akau'ola Tongotongo

    2011 The Vaughan Park Scholar in Residence

    The Rev. Sylvia 'Akau'ola Tongotongo is an ordained minister of the Methodist Church of New Zealand.   She is currently the Chaplain at Wesley College, the only Methodist Church more»
  • The Rev. Dr. Michael Trainor

    2011 Distinguished Academic Visitor

    The Rev. Dr. Michael Trainor is senior lecturer in the department of theology at Flinders University, South Australia. He teaches in New Testament, and specifically in the gospels and Pauline more»
  • Donna J. Dinsmore

    2011 Resident Scholar

    Donna J. Dinsmore has come from a career in choral music education in the United States to worship facilitation and education at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada. In addition to earning a Masters more»
  • The Ven. Dr. Ellen Clark-King

    2010 The Vaughan Park Scholar in Residence

    Ellen Clark-King is currently the Archdeacon of Burrard and Priest Associate at Christ Church Cathedral in the Diocese of New Westminster, Vancouver, Canada. She is the author of Theology by Heart: more»
  • Pat Marsh

    2010 Resident Scholar

    Pat Marsh is a Christian Writer from Stafford, UK, and has trained in Retreat Leading, Pastoral Listening, Prayer Ministry, and the Healing Ministry A well respected retreat leader in the UK, Pat more»
  • The Rev. Geoff New

    2010 Resident Scholar

    The Rev. Geoff New is the minister of Papakura East & Hunua Presbyterian church and has been there since 1997. Geoff is married to Ruth. They have three children, Rebekah, Josiah and more»
  • The Rev. Sarah Harris

    2009 The Vaughan Park Scholar in Residence

    Currently, Sarah is a Priest Assistant to the Bishop of Auckland and a fulltime doctoral student with Otago University. While at Vaughan Park, she researched how Luke 19:10 functions in the Third more»
  • Dr. Nicola Slee

    2009 Distinguished Academic Visitor

    Dr. Nicola Slee is Research Fellow and Team Leader for the MA in Applied Theological Studies at the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham, UK. She is well-known more»
  • Dr. Heidi Campbell

    2009 Distinguished Academic Visitors

    Dr. Heidi Campbell is Assistant Professor of Communication at Texas A&M University where she teaches in Media Studies.She has a PhD in Practical Theology and Computer-mediated Communication from more»
  • Fay Cotter

    2009 Resident Scholar

    Féy Cotter has a BMin from the Bible College of New Zealand, and is currently working on her thesis for a Masters of Theology through the Laidlaw-Carey Graduate School. Her area of interest is more»
  • The Ven. Te Waaka Sonny Melbourne

    2008 The Vaughan Park Scholar in Residence

    The Ven. Te Waaka Sonny Melbourne is a tutor and Director of Māori Language and Māori Cultural and NZ Church History at Taapapa Rotorua. Sonny will apply his three months at the Centre more»
  • The Rev. Canon Dr. Jim McPherson

    2008 Distinguished Academic Visitor

    The Rev. Canon Dr. Jim McPherson recently returned to the Diocese of Brisbane after nine years in Sydney Diocese.His study at Vaughan Park will be focussed toward writing a book exploring the more»
  • The Rev. Joy MacCormick

    2008 Resident Scholar

    The Rev. Joy MacCormick, a spiritual director, from Waiapu has been granted a residency to undertake research in order to assist those who seek a deeper understanding of God, but struggle with the more»
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