About Us

The Catholic Parish of New Plymouth was formally amalgamated on the 6th September 2015, with the combining of four previous independently run parishes, into one new unified Catholic Parish of New Plymouth - Te Parihi Katorika ki Ngamotu.

The Catholic Parish of New Plymouth - Te Parihi Katorika ki Ngamotu encompasses two Catholic colleges and three Catholic primary schools and the vibrant and active faith community in North Taranaki. 

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.

Ministry Team

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 weekly and set priorities. They critique and evaluate how the parish is doing in these areas.

  • Kevin Kerr 
  • Simon Story (Parish Priest)
  • Mary-Elizabeth Hagenson

[email protected]

Parish Council

  • Fr Simon Story
  • Kevin Kerr (Chairperson)
  • Mary-Elizabeth Hagenson
  • Jude Hau
  • Albert Chow
  • Alex McDougall
  • Paul Bouterey

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
Colin Comber 027 249 2864

Interim Finance Report for 2020-21

AGM Minutes 2022 

BUDGET 2021-22

Leadership Chairmans Report

  • Colin Comber (Chairperson) 
  • Chris Wells 
  • Fr. Simon Story (Parish Priest)
  • Marian Richardson
  • Jacinta Hurley
  • Kevin Kerr


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.

Contact Parish Office 

  • Simon Story (Parish Priest)
  • Catherine Landrigan
  • Helen Chitty
  • Tom Lawn
  • Song Selection Committee Member

Health, Safety and Wellness Committee

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

Contact Chairperson  
Grant Novak 027 488 8229

Click here to view PRIVACY STATEMENT


  • Grant Novak (Chairperson)
  • Michael Finnigan
  • Greg Brien
  • John Passmore

Building Committee

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

For enquiries


  • Chris Wells 
  • Craig Maclean
  • Grant Novak
  • Simon Story
  • Colin Comber

Parish Centre Steering Committee

Working to develop a design for the new Parish Centre.

The Committee will present the design to the parish in August 2022 and implement the plan to finance the new build.

  • Colin Comber (Chairperson)
  • Fr Simon (Parish Priest)
  • Chris Wells
  • Craig Maclean
  • Jacinta Hurley
  • Michael Finnigan
  • Albert Chow

Youth Consultors

Kaitohutohu Rangatahi

Providing support and advice to the Youth Ministry.  

Contact Youth Minister 027 7573612


  • Paul Darbyshire
  • Christina Hermanns
  • Michelle Schaare
  • Mary-Elizabeth Hagenson