Resources

On this page you’ll find resources to help you if you’re wanting to report your abuse. It also provides hard facts and data about the faith based abuse crisis in New Zealand. If you’d like to contribute to facts for this this page then we want to hear from you.

The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in Care is investigating abuse in faith-based institutions.

The Royal Commission’s Faith Based Redress Hearing will be taking place from Monday 23 November to Friday 11 December. The Royal commission wants to hear from survivors about their experiences and any claims made against the Catholic Church, Anglican Church or Salvation Army.

If you’d like to find out more about the commission before reporting or would like to be part of the Network for Survivors of Faith Based Abuse and their Supports submission to the Royal Commission then please use our contact page https://www.thereckoning.nz/contact-us/

To contact the Royal Commission directly then please call them on 0800 222 727 or visit their website: https://www.abuseincare.org.nz/public-hearings/about/faith-based-redress-hearing

Catholic Church Lists

Convicted

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Image attribution: St Josephs year book, stuff.co.nz

Kevin Healy – aka Brother Gordon

Religious order:
Marist Brother FMS

Service history:

  • 1976 to 1977 – Teacher – St Josephs Masterton which eventually merged with St Bride’s College to become Chanel College
  • 1979 – Invercargill?
  • 1980’s – Mirimar Wellington?

Convictions:

  • 2020 – 9 Months home detention

Media

Court appearance

Sentencing

Allegations of hush money

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/121586454/former-catholic-marist-brother-sentenced-on-child-sex-charges

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Fr Sosefo Sateki Raass

Religious order:
Auckland Diocese Priest

Service history:

  • ?? to 2018 – Priest at St Marys Parish Mt Albert, Auckland

Convictions:

  • 2019– 100 hours community service for  indecent communication with a person under 16

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Br Bernard Kevin McGrath

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Br Bernard Kevin McGrath

Religious order:
St John of God

Service history:

  • 1974 to 1978 – Teacher and dormitory master at “Marylands”, a SJOG boarding school near Christchurch New Zealand for boys with learning and behavioural difficulties
  • 1978 to 1986 – St John of God’s “Kendall Grange” boarding institution at Morriset, New South Wales Australia, for boys with educational difficulties.
  • 1986 to ?? – Hebron Trust, Christchurch, teaching life skills to street kids

Convictions:

  • 1993 – 3 years jail for his offences at Marylands and the Hebron Trust
  • 1997 – 9 months jail for offences at Kendal Grange
  • 2006 – 5 years jail for offences at Marylands
  • 2018 – 33 years for offences at Kendal Grange

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Image attribution: St Josephs yearbook, Sacred Heart Girls Hamilton yearbook, stuff.co.nz

Br Michael Beaumont

Religious order:
Marist Brothers FMS

Service history:

  • 1971 to 1978  – Teacher – St Josephs Masterton which eventually merged with St Bride’s College to become Chanel College
  • 1984 to ?? – Sacred Heart Girls College Hamilton (only Marist Brother on Staff)
  • 1988 to ? – Marcellin College Auckland (co-ed)

Convictions:

  • 2019 – 12 months home detention for sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl in her home while her family sat in the same room, with their eyes closed in prayer. Two more charges relating to touching two other girls, aged 12 at the time. Convictions relate to the 1970’s

Of note

  • According to RNZ, when arrested he was found in position of a USB drive. The result was that “On top of the sexual assaults, he also admitted possessing fantasy literature that detailed sexual violence and beastiality against children.”

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Peter Hercock

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Father Peter Hercock

Religious order:
Diocesan Priest

Service history:

  • Early 1970’s – Chaplain and counsellor at Sacred Heart Girls Lower Hutt
  • 1970 to 1981  – Priest in Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt and Wainuiomata Parishes
  • 1981 – Left the priesthood

Convictions:

  • 2016– Six years and seven months jail for sex offending against four girls in the 1970’s

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Image attribution: St Bernards College yearbook, stuff.co.nz, St Josephs College yearbook

Brother Patrick Bignell

Religious order:
Marist Brothers FMS

Service history:

  • 1976 to ? – Bursar at St Josephs College Masterton (became Chanel College)
  • Late 1970’s to 2002 – Counselor, Chaplain at St Bernards College Lower Hutt

Convictions:

  • 2015– 8 months home detention for indecent assaults on St Bernards Pupils in the 80’s and 90’s

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bede thomas Hampton

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Brother Bede Thomas Hampton

Religious order:
Marist Brothers FMS

Service history:

  • 1970’s – Teacher at St Josephs College. Masterton New Zealand

Convictions:

  • 2015– 2.5 years jail for indecently touching two victims

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Brother Rodger Maloney

Religious order:
Saint John of God

Service history:

  • 1971 to 1977 – prior at the “Marylands” institution for educationally-disadvantaged boys in Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • 1977 – Vatican Pharmacist
  • Late 1990’s – “Kendall Grange” institution at Morisset, New South Wales Australia.

Convictions:

  • 2008– Two years and nine months jail for sexually abusing boys at Marylands

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Image attribution: school year book

Brother Antony (Aiden) John Benefield

Religious order:
Marist Brother FMS

Service history:

  • 1970’s – Marist Brothers Napier

Convictions:

  • 2009– 300 hours community service for possessing child pornography

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Brother Bernard (John Louis) Stevenson

Religious order:
Marist Brother SM

Service history:

  • 1970 to 1983 – Staff, Hato Paora Maori Boys school, Fielding, New Zealand

Convictions:

  • 2005– Jailed for 3.5 years for sexually abusing boys in his care

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Brother Andrew Cody

Religious order:
Marist Brother SM

Service history:

  • 1981 to 1984– Staff, Hato Paora Maori Boys school, Fielding, New Zealand
  • 1991 – retired from teaching

Convictions:

  • 2005– Jailed for 2.5 years for sexually abusing sick and vulnerable boys in his care

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School year book and unknown source

Father Alan Woodcock

Religious order:
Marist Father Society of Mary (SM)

Service history:

  • 1972 – Ordained as a priest
  • 1978 –  Teacher, St Johns College, Hastings New Zealand
  • 1979 –  Studying at Canterbury University, Christchurch
  • 1980 to 81 – Studying Victoria University
  • 1981 to 82 –  St Pats College Silverstream, Upper Hutt
  • 1983 – Highden Novitiate, Palmerston North
  • 1985 – Futuna retreat, Karori, Wellington
  • 1986 – Highden
  • 1986 – St John of God Hospital in Sydney for councelling
  • 1987 – Futuna retreat
  • 1988 – Sent to Ireland for further counselling
  • 1990 – takes job in the UK

Convictions:

  • 2004– Extradited from Britain. Sentenced to seven years for 21 child sex offences.

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Father Max Murray

Religious order:
Diocesan Priest

Service history:

  • 1949 – Ordained at Holy Cross Seminary, Mosgiel, Otago. Aged 22
  • 1958 – St Bernadette’s, Dunedin
  • 1968 – st Mary’s Mosgiel
  • 1965 to 1971 – Taught Choir at St Pauls High School (now Kavanagh College)
  • 1972 to 1976 – Woollahra parish, Sydney Australia
  • 1977 – Religious Education Co-coordinator at the girls’ boarding school, Kincoppal Rose Bay School, in Sydney
  • 1977 – 1980 – Auckland
  • 1980 – 1986 – St Josephs, Waihi, New Zealand
  • 1986 – 1990 – Ngaruawahia
  • 1990 – retires

Convictions:

  • 2003 – Convicted in Dunedin to 5 years for 10 charges relating to offending against four Dunedin boys. Served 2 years and 8 months

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Father Patrick (Paddy) Arthur Thomas Thwaites

Religious order:
Diocesan Priest

Service history:

  • 1977 – Deacon, Dunedin
  • 1977 – Relief teacher, St Peter’s College, Gore
  • 1978 – Ordained, Christchurch

Convictions:

  • 1999 May – Found guilty of two charges of indecency with a young boy, the jury was unable to agree on a verdict for two further charges relating to the boy’s brother and another boy
  • 1999 October –  Sentenced to 2.5 years jail for sexually molesting all three boys in the period 1980 through to the 1990’s

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School year books

Brother Bryan McKay

Religious order:
Marist Brothers FMS

Service history:

  • 1965 – St Bernards Lower Hutt
  • 1973-1980? – Marist Intermediate Hamilton

Convictions:

  • 1996 – Convicted of seven charges of indecent assault of male pupils at Marist Intermediate School and jailed for 21 months. Remains a Marist Brother, but is confined to administration work.

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Otago Daily Times

Brother Charles Afeaki

Religious order:
Marist Brother

Service history:

  • 1970’s – Marist Brothers Primary School, Invercargill New Zealand – there he committed crimes that he is yet to account for
  • 1976 to 1979 – St Pauls College, Richmond Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland New Zealand

Convictions:

  • 1994 – Found guilty of 16 counts against four boys. Charges included indecent assault, committing or inducing an indecent act and a count of anal intercourse and one of attempt. Sentenced to eight years and served five
  • 2003 – Stood trial on charges of Sodomy with another St Pauls boy. Sentenced to two years but given leave to apply for home detention.

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Brother Kenneth Camden

Religious order:
Marist Brothers FMS

Service history:

  • 1970? – Principal of Xavier College
  • 1974 to 1981 – Principal of Sacred Heart College for boys Auckland

Convictions:

  • 1990 – Brother Kenneth Camden, Christchurch. Admitted indecencies against two boys and jailed for eight months.

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Obituary, school year book

Brother Claudius Pettit

Religious order:
Marist Brothers FMS

Service history:

  • 1945 – St Patricks Primary – Napier
  • 1947 – Marist Brothers Primary, Newtown Wellington
  • 1947 – Marist School Primary, Ponsonby, Auckland
  • 1951 – Christchurch
  • 1953 – St Patricks Primary – Napier
  • 1955 – Marist Primary School – Invercargill
  • 1957 – Marist Primary School – Whanganui
  • 1963 – Marist School Primary, Ponsonby, Auckland
  • 1967 – Fribourg
  • 1970 – St Bernards primary
  • 1977 – Marist Brothers Primary, Newtown Wellington
  • 1985 – Retired but involved with St Bernards College Lower Hutt
  • 1992– Lincoln St, Ponsonby, Auckland
  • 1994 – Rimutaka Prison
  • 2005 – Lower Hutt Community (Trafalgar St)

Convictions:

  • 1992 – Indecent assault of a child and then a young adult – sentenced to 6 months jail for each charge

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New Zealand Herald

Father Mark Mannix Brown

Religious order:
Diocesan Priest

Service history:

  • 1972-1974 – Whakatane (assistant priest to Fr Purcell) – we need a confirmation of this
  • 1975 – St Patrick’s Cathedral Auckland and was Chaplain to St Paul’s College in Ponsonby where he recruited boarders as alter boys for the Cathedral – we need a confirmation of this.
  • 1976 to 1977 – Raglan
  • 1980s – St Marys Church, Hamilton (associated with Marist Intermediate)

Convictions:

  • 1990 – Jailed for 15 months for sexual offending against altar boys in the 80’s
  • 2017 – Jailed for 26 months for sexually molesting multiple boys in the 70’s and 80’s

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Brother Sione Losalu

Religious order:
Marist Brother Society of Mary (SM)

Service history:

  • 1970 – moves from Tonga to New Zealand
  • 1977 – Working in the Marists Mission Vineyards at Taradale, Napier New Zealand

Convictions:

  • 1993 – Sentenced to one years prison on indecency charges against a girl over a period of six years

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Year book

Father Robin Paulson

Religious order:
Rosminian Priest

Service history:

  • ?? – St Peters College, Gore New Zealand

Convictions:

  • 1993 – Admitted six charges of indecent assault of three boys and was sentenced to periodic detention. Returned to England

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  • https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/scale-abuse-suffering-revealed

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Escaped Justice

The people below escaped justice due to cover ups, expiration of statute of limitations, judicial leniency due to their age, or they died before they could be convicted. Often they’re called “credibly accused”, however really what’s happened is that they’ve escaped justice.

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Year book, unknown, obituary

Father Tom Laffey

Religious order:
Society of Mary Priest (SM)

Service history:

  • 1957 – Ordained
  • Served throughout New Zealand and in Fiji
  • 2003 – stood down from ministry in the face of the allegations and admission of sexual abuse

Accusations:

  • 2003 – Admitted he had sexually assaulted Mike Phillips in the mid 1960s, At that time Philips was a 13-year-old altar boy at St Mary of the Angels Church in Wellington.

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Obituary, Rugby reunion

Brother Giles Waters

Religious order:
Marist Brothers FMS

Service history:

  • 1947 – Scholastic
  • 1948 – Wangauni – likely Marist Brothers Wanganui
  • 1950 – Newtown – likely Marist Brothers Newtown and Thordon
  • 1951 – Greymouth – Marist Brothers Greymouth
  • 1952 – Thorndon – likely Marist Brothers Thordon
  • 1957 – Greymouth – likely Marist Brothers Greymouth
  • 1959 – Lower Hutt – likely St Bernards College
  • 1961 – Auckland – Marcellin College
  • 1966 – Invercargill – Headmaster  – Marist Brother Invercargill
  • 1969 – Thordon – likely Marist Brothers Thordon
  • 1970 – Auckland – Marcellin College
  • 1972 – Greymouth – Headmaster – Marist Brothers Greymouth
  • 1976 – Christchurch – Headmaser – Xavier College
  • 1985 – Gisborne – Likely Campion College?
  • 1986 – Auckland – Sacred Heart College – Admin and sports duties
  • 2004 – Auckland – 56 Onslow Ave
  • 2006 – Auckland – Selwyn Heights Village
  • 2011 – Auckland – deceased

Died before being brought to justice – accusations:

There are somewhere between 5 and 7 complaints taken to the Marist brothers.

  • 1958-59 – Xavier College Christchurch
  • 1960s – Location unknown, could be Invercargill or Auckland
  • 1970s – Suspect Xavier College Christchurch
  • 1980s – Xavier College Christchurch

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Brother Bede Francis Fitton

Religious order:
Marist Brothers FMS

Service history:

  • 1959 to 1986 – Marist Brothers Intermediate, Vermont St, Ponsonby,  Auckland

Died before being brought to justice – accusations:

There are a 4+ complaints of abuse relating to the 1970’s. All complainants were young girls

  • 1970s – Marist Brothers Intermediate, Vermont St, Ponsonby,  Auckland

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Royal Commission into Abuse in Care

Catholic Churches Pathway to Healing

The Teaching Council of New Zealand