About Us

Whakawa Mai

Our inaugural Mass of the Catholic Parish of New Plymouth was celebrated on the 6th September 2015 at Sacred Heart Girls College Hall. This signified the combining of our four parishes into one new unified Catholic Parish of New Plymouth. This encompasses our two Catholic colleges and three Catholic primary schools and the vibrant and active faithful communities that surround our churches and schools. 

It is our goal to support all people in our communities and spread the Gospel values as Jesus taught us to do.

Our parish has many active groups to appeal to a wide range of people, to find out which ones may suit you and your family head to our group's page.

For information on our Sacramental programmes head to our Sacraments page.

Staff Profiles

Leadership Team

The role of the Leadership Team is to provide governance, leadership and pastoral planning.  The group encourages and supports the Ministry Teams involved in pre-sacramental catechesis, adult formation, finance, administration, faith community formation and life, and outreach to the poor and vulnerable.

They meet monthly and set priorities, critique/evaluate how the parish is doing in these areas.

Contact Chairperson  
Benita Murray 027 568 3567

  • Benita Murray (Chairperson)
  • Grant Novak
  • Craig Maclean
  • Norris Lagera
  • Simon Story (Parish Priest)
  • Roland Devine
  • Helen Basille
  • Anna Duynhoven (Minute taker)

Finance Committee

Members are personally invited to the Finance Committee, by the Parish Priest.  The role of the Finance Committee is to ensure good stewardship is followed in the following areas;  income and expenditure, maintenance, forward planning, insurance, budgeting, reporting and compliance are adhered to.

Contact Chairperson

 Chris Wells 027 4422862

  • Colin Comber (Chairperson from 13/8/20)
  • Chris Wells (Acting Chairperson)
  • Fr. Vui Hoang
  • Fr. Simon Story (Parish Priest)
  • Natalie Fernandes
  • Marian Richardson
  • Denise Fleming


Liturgy Committee

The role of the Liturgy Committee is to provide liturgical and musical oversight across the whole Parish.  The Liturgy committee is the contact point for all four faith communities and meets regularly to plan for upcoming liturgies.

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  • Anne Julian 
  • Simon Story
  • Catherine Landrigan
  • Ireen Crossan
  • Barbara McCracken
  • Tom Lawn
  • Jun Quirante

Health, Safety and Wellness Committee

Providing support and implementing policies on Health and Safety throughout the Parish.

Contact Chairperson  
Grant Novak 027 488 8229

  • Grant Novak (Chairperson)
  • Graham Wells
  • Michael Finnigan
  • Greg Brien
  • John Sutcliffe
  • Denise Fleming

Building Committee

Providing support and advice to the Leadership Team in all matters of parish property and maintenance.

For enquiries

Denise Fleming 027 7573600

  • Chris Wells 
  • Craig Maclean
  • Grant Novak
  • Simon Story
  • Colin Comber
  • Denise Fleming (Office Manager)