About Maclaurin Chaplaincy

Find out about the chapel, its chaplaincy team and Christian groups.

The Maclaurin Chapel is in a beautiful part of the City Campus (behind Old Government House), a place for students and staff to gather, reflect and study. During semester time, it is open each weekday from 8.30am to 5pm.

The chaplaincy exists to enrich the life – and soul – of the University and its community. It is supported by the Maclaurin Goodfellow Trust Board in partnership with Campus Life, which maintains the buildings and provides a part-time administrator.

Chaplaincy team and ministry

The Maclaurin Chaplaincy serves University students and staff in exploring matters of faith. The team is largely Christian, and partners with members of other faiths. A chaplain for Muslims started in 2018.

Some chaplains work especially with International students, offering connection and support with events at the chapel, as well as in other parts of Campus Life.

There are many ethical and faith-related issues that arise in University life. Students and staff often face stressful situations and academic pressures, as well as personal questions. Our team of trained practitioners is well-placed to help with these issues. Chaplains can meet with individuals or groups on any University of Auckland campus.

The relation of Science and Christianity is explored through discussion groups, lectures and events in partnership with NZ Christians in Science.

The Roman Catholic Chaplains and the International Chaplains can be contacted through the administrator.

Contact a chaplain


Tim Pratt 

Lead Chaplain 

The Rev Dr Tim Pratt leads the Maclaurin Chaplaincy team. Tim is an ordained Baptist Minister and previously worked at AUT as a researcher and lecturer in the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law. His research interests include non-profit organisations, workplace spirituality and religious diversity. Tim has also recently served as the Chief Executive for the Interchurch Council of Hospital Chaplaincy.

Get in touch with Tim

Andrew Saunders

City Campus - Monday and Tuesday

Andrew enjoys meeting to talk over life and faith and is especially interested in leadership development, Christians in Science and helping connect Christian groups and their leaders on campus. Andrew is also a leadership coach and spiritual director and has Masters degrees in Science (UoA) and Theology (Laidlaw). He is married to Helen and together they have three adult sons and a daughter in law. Andrew is based in the chapel on Monday and Tuesday.

Get in touch with Andrew

Nicola Hoggard-Creegan

City Campus - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Nicola is a theologian and co-director of New Zealand Christians in Science, based at Maclaurin Chapel. NZCIS is active in hosting seminars, dialogues, lectures, and discussion groups on New Zealand campuses and in churches. Nicola is keen to talk to science students and faculty with questions or interest in this boundary, and who would like to chat or to get involved. Nicola is based in the chapel on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Get in touch with Nicola

Emma Belcher

City Campus - Thursday

Emma loves dance and is passionate about waking the journey of faith with people . This passion led her to do a Masters of Philosophy in the area of theodicy, as well as a BSc and postgrad diploma in Theology. As you can tell, Emma loves to learn! She grew up in Brazil and is married to Charles with whom she shares three young children. Emma is based in the chapel on Thursday.

Get in touch with Emma

Shahela Qureshi

City Campus Muslim Chaplain - Wednesday and Friday 

Shahela has worked as an educator for the last 17 years across three continents with diverse cultures and faith groups. This passion has led her to her current role of Muslim Chaplain at the University of Auckland where her goal is to be a trusted adviser and friend to the University, its students and its staff as well as to provide pastoral care and a space of understanding for people’s spiritual, mental and emotional growth. Shahela is based in the chapel on Wednesday and Friday.

Get in touch with Shahela

Ernie Wallace

South Auckland Campus - Friday 

Ernie spent two years working with staff and students at the Tāmaki campus before it closed. Since then he can be found at the new South Auckland campus in Manukau. Ernie brings extensive corporate experience to his role along with his passion for working with people and seeks to respond to individual’s needs as he finds them. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Guidance Studies.

Get in touch with Ernie.  

Christian groups

There are many Christian groups on the campus, and members often meet in the chapel or hall in an informal way.

Club information can be found on the University's Clubs and Societies webpage.

Catholic chaplain

The Catholic chaplaincy team is led by Father Andrew Matthews. Lay-chaplains Olivia Watson and Dominic Malgeri help minister to students and staff of The University of Auckland.

Catholic worship

Eucharist (Mass) times - see Facebook.

Sacrament of Reconciliation may be arranged with Fr Chris.

For more information, please contact:

Auckland Catholic Tertiary Chaplaincy
110 Symonds St
Auckland 1010
Ph: (09) 303 3852