The team of faith servant leaders are experienced and approachable chaplains who take an active interest in their work with people. Most of them conduct regular activities (prayer, meditation, scripture study), or you can contact them to discuss your spiritual interests. They can also assist you with personal and spiritual growth, provide information on their faith’s beliefs and practices, conduct ceremonies, discuss the meaning or purpose of life, and attend to life passages (like births, marriages, deaths).
See the AuSM website for faith-based and cultural student-led groups.
Co-ordinating Chaplain - Reverend Linda T Hope
Phone 921 8899 (City)
Available by appointment or by dropping in to WB114 on Wednesdays or Thursdays during semester.
Outside of these days please contact 921 9235 or 921 9992.
Linda is a Christian Minister of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa-New Zealand. She has been ordained for over 20 years and has worked in parishes, an F1-F7 integrated school, the military (Royal NZ Air Force), the Seafarers’ Centre, and in the community as well as private business. Since 2009, Linda has volunteered at a national level for her Tokelauan ethnic group in Tokelau and Aotearoa-NZ. She has conducted research or facilitated workshops on language preservation and retention, sexual violence prevention, access to palliative care and hospice services, overcoming domestic abuse, and suicide prevention.
Christian Chaplain - Reverend Danny Kyu Deug Kim
Phone 021 0815 8687
Danny is available at the City campus on Wednesday between 12 noon and 4pm
Danny was ordained in 1994 in South Korea (Chong Buk [Province] Nohae [Place]) to the Presbyterian Church where he worked first as an Associate Pastor then Senior Pastor. Whilst serving multiple congregations he also instigated a new church. In 2000, Danny came to NZ to study, initially for two years at AUT's North Campus, and from this positive experience made a decision to live in NZ permanently. He has completed a graduate diploma at the University of Waikato and a Master of Social Work at Massey University. Other interests and work experience include mental health and autistic community support. For the past eight years Danny worked at Massey University as a voluntary chaplain where he initiated a programme to distribute free bread, conduct Bible study and prayer groups as well as teach the Korean language for free. Although new to AUT he has already begun a free Korean class and in the near future looks to also distribute free bread to students.
Interfaith/Interspiritual Chaplain - Reverend Jean McElhaney
Phone 473 7344 or 022 192 3202
Available by appointment.
Meditation (Practices to support wellbeing)
North campus on Thursdays between 3.45 and 5pm in Room AP102
Jean is an interfaith minister, ordained by One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in 2008. In 2012, she was initiated as a cheraga into the Sufi Order, which honours all the world's religious traditions. Jean came to New Zealand in 2012 from the United States, where she worked as a licensed clinical social worker and professional counsellor. Long-term interests include contemplative spiritual practices, spiritual activism, nonviolence/peace, conflict transformation, Dances of Universal Peace, and Compassionate Nonviolent Communication. She supports people in connecting with what matters to them, building strong relationships with themselves and others, and exploring spirituality in their lives.
Islamic (Muslim) Chaplain - Sheikh Rafat Najm
Phone 021 134 0501 (no answers for text messages)
Available on Mondays by appointment.
Muslim Prayer Room access, opening hours and sessions
The Muslim Prayer Room is located on the City campus in WT012, on Lorne Street.
Open week days and weekends 5am-11pm
Access to WT012 is via a key pad code, available at the WG Reception desk.
Otherwise, you can contact Sheik Rafat Najm.
Jummah Friday Prayers
Summer: Session one at 1.30pm, Session two at 2.00pm, Session three at 2.30pm
Winter: Session one at 12.30pm, Session two at 1.30pm
Sheikh Rafat Najm is a Muslim Scholar who studied Islamic Studies at Al Azhar University, and has a BA in Law and Islamic Law (Cairo - Egypt). He came to New Zealand in 1997 and worked as an Imam of Christchurch Mosque. He is involved in Muslim youth spirituality, and organising camps and trips for Muslim youth. He has been teaching Arabic and Islamic Studies for the previous eight years. Rafat enjoys tramping, volleyball, soccer and reading. He is very pleased to meet with Muslim students, and guide them spiritually. He is fluent in Arabic and English.