Trustees, Patron & Staff

Dr. Alistair Reese  thumb_Alistair

Alistair lives with his wife Jeannie on a farm in Paengaroa, Bay of Plenty.  He has postgraduate degrees in Theology, History and Tikanga Māori. His PhD in theology from the University of Auckland focused on reconciliation and Pākehā identity. Alistair is an adjunct Fellow at the University of Otago and his research and speaking interests include post-colonialism, reconciliation and prohetism.  Alistair is involved in local and national efforts to promote reconciliation between Māori and Pākehā and exploring understandings of what an indigenous form of Christianity might look like.

David Moko  thumb_David

Ko Rangiuru te maunga, ko Kaituna te Awa, ko Te Arawa te Waka, ko Tapuika te iwi, ko Ngāti Moko te marae ko David Moko ahau. David was born in Te Puke and grew up in Tokoroa. He is married to Denise and have three adult daughters, a son in-law and there mokopuna that all live in Mangere Auckland.

David serves as Kaihautū for Manatū Iriiri Māori within the NZ Baptist Union of Churches and has been in this role since July 2007.  David values relationships and connectedness, so is comfortable with close relationships and enjoys turning strangers into friends. He is an includer, a bridge-builder of people – a philosophy around which he orientates his life. He likes expanding a group, so that as many people as possible can benefit from its support.

Samuel Carpenter   

Samuel grew up in Pukekohe, where his Cornish ancestors have lived since the early 1870s. Ko Waikato te awa, Ko Pukekohe te maunga. He graduated from the University of Auckland with Law and Arts degrees in 2002 and practised law for several years. After completing an M.A. thesis (history) he worked for the Waitangi Tribunal, followed by the Office of Treaty Settlements (as a senior historian). He is now working on a PhD exploring early New Zealand political thought and culture (see

Hana Carpenter   

Hana was born and raised in the Waikato. She has Danish and English ancestry.  She has a BFA from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. She has taught art and art history at Secondary and Tertiary level and has exhibited her own work. She is married to Samuel and Mother to Tom, Henry, Rose and Reuben.  She is involved in the daily life of the community of Waiwhetu, Lower Hutt, Wellington.

Blair Franklin  Blair photo

Blair was born in Birkenhead, North Shore, and is of Scottish and English ancestry (but leans more fondly towards his Scottish ancestry!). He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Property from the University of Auckland in 2003. Since then he has worked in various areas of law, and currently practices property and commercial law. He has a keen interest in sport, and currently coaches rugby. He is interested in New Zealand culture and reconciliation.

Michelle YounG 

Michelle spent her childhood in the small town of Paeroa, where her parents pastored a thriving local church. A move to Whangarei mid-childhood introduced Michelle to the stories of Northland, stories that would deeply impacted her in the years ahead. After High School, she moved to Auckland to study Geography at The University of Auckland and took up papers in Psychology, Theology, and Māori where possible. Since graduating, Michelle has spent five years working for church, completed a Graduate Diploma in Theology from Laidlaw, and managed a not-for-profit trust in South Auckland. She joined Venn Foundation at its establishment in September 2013, an organisation that offers theological education to people from across Aotearoa, New Zealand. Michelle’s role as Director of Summer Conference and Supporting Contexts brings together her love for this country and the Gospel, as well as her desire to see New Zealand served well by tomorrow’s leaders. She is studying Te Reo Māori through Te Wananga o Aotearoa.

Patron, Rt Rev Te Kitohi Wiremu Pikaahu


Karuwhā Trust is privileged to have the  Bishop of Te Tai Tokerau (Northland-Auckland), The Right Reverend Te Kitohi Wiremu Pikaahu LTh, MTh (Oxon) as patron. Bishop Pikaahu was ordained Bishop in 2002. Bishop Pikaahu is of Ngāpuhi descent.


Naomi has been on staff for Karuwhā since 2018, before that she was an eager participant of their haerenga. She has a Bachelor of Arts (History & Geography), Masters of Social Work and is currently working at improving her Te Reo Māori. Naomi is passionate about creating spaces for the outworking of community and development of self.


2 Replies to “Trustees, Patron & Staff”

  1. kia ora koutou
    We would like to register interest in the hikoi to the East Coast next year. As information comes available could we please be included.
    nga mihi
    Paul and Lesley Askin

  2. Kia ora Paul and Lesley, Awesome – it will be great to have you join us. I will be sure to send you that information as it develops. Ngā mihi, Naomi

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