ER School Coordinators Meet

Last Friday, ER coordinators from the five ER Schools throughout New Zealand met at Liston College. In response to discussions had at the ER Commission meeting in September this year, they met with the school immersions managers and representatives from ER Camps and the ER Justice Trust to see how we could ‘join the dots’ and work to support one another more. Each school and group will seek to promote the others’ activities and provide pathways for young people to volunteer and participate in service projects.

Paul Olsen, Principal of St Kevin’s College also joined the group in the afternoon and shared his experience of the recent Edmund Rice Education Beyond Borders conference in Johannesburg  South Africa.

Job going with P3

P3 is looking for a new CEO – could this be you?


We are at an exciting time in the life of P3 and in the global context of ending extreme poverty, having just witnessed the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals. We need a leader ready to step into the crucial leadership role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of P3 Foundation. We are looking for a well-rounded CEO with a sound track record in leading teams/people and delivering results, and with strong vision and energy for helping P3 Foundation achieve its mission. Is this you or someone you know?
For the term of this contract, the CEO will particularly focus on the following areas of responsibility:
• Strategy
• People and Culture
• Financial sustainabilityAmong other things (as outlined in the full job description), the CEO will be expected to
ensure the delivery of high quality results across the organisation, including:
• Successful execution of flagship events;
• Development of effective and exciting new initiatives and projects;
• Maintaining strong stakeholder relationships; and
• Improving organisational health and sustainability, including via fundraising
Key Competencies for the role are:
• Excellent leadership abilities
• Excellent public speaking abilities
• Excellent oral and written communication skills• Excellent project management skills and experience in successful project and/or event delivery
• A strategic mind-set
• Innovative and creative thinking and problem solving skills
• Resilient and effective in managing difficult situations/people
• A strong knowledge of P3 Foundation and its external environments or the ability to quickly develop this
• A shared and invested interest in P3 Foundation’s mission, vision and values
If you are a student or young professional, based in Auckland or Wellington and keen to use and extend your skills and experience in this important role with P3 Foundation, this is your chance to lead by example in making a practical difference towards ending extreme poverty, through inspiring and motivating young New Zealanders to contribute to the vision of a world without extreme poverty.
As well as the chance to take on a challenging and rewarding leadership role, we are offering a fixed term 6 month contract, 20 hours per week, paid at $25.00 per hour (a higher rate may be considered depending on candidate experience). The CEO will commence their role in mid-January 2016. At the conclusion of the 6 month contract, a contract extension may be possible, dependent on performance and on the success of the CEO securing funding to ensure the ongoing financial sustainability of the CEO role.How to Apply
If you think you are up for the challenge and opportunity of this role and are keen to bring your energy and leadership to P3 Foundation, we want to get to know you!
Please email the P3 Trust Board via to receive a copy of the full job description.
After reviewing the job description, please send us:
– A cover letter of no more than two pages outlining your motivation for the role and how your skills and experiences align with the focus and responsibilities of the role outlined in the job description; and
– A copy of your CV, including the names and contact details of two referees (we won’’t contact them without your permission); and
– Written responses to each of the following questions (no more than 200 words per question response):
• What is your experience leading other people and building high performing teams? How will you draw on this experience to build a high-performing P3 leadership team? • What do you see as the current opportunities for P3 Foundation to raise its profile as New Zealand’s leading youth-based organisation committed to ending extreme poverty in Asia-Pacific within our lifetimes?
• What ideas do you have for new initiatives that you would like to see P3 develop?
Email all of the above to by 5pm on Thursday 26 November 2015.
Need more information?
If you’ve got any questions about the CEO role, please get in touch with the P3 Trust Board:

Farewell to Gerard Keating – Regional Manager OP NZ

Gerard Keating has been a welcome and valued guest and member of the New Zealand ERN. Gerard came onto the New Zealand scene from Brisbane in his role as Province Mission Directorate Regional Coordinator for Queensland and subsequently for NZ. Sadly for us and lucky for others, Gerard has been appointed Principal of EREA’s Central and West Flexible Learning Centres working across three sites in Adelaide, Alice Springs and Geraldton. Flexible Learning Centres educate young people that have for one reason or another not succeeded in the mainstream schooling system.  Gerard has his last day working for the Oceania Province on Friday Nov 20th  and heads off on an Immersion Trip to India with Br Rob Callan.  Find an article below, shared by Br Rob Callan in the lead up to their departure.

Gerard Keating is pictured centre in the back row.

12143159_10153658785958764_739132627505278911_nINDIA IMMERSION 2015 – Volunteering in India

Three Kingsmen and five Leonians will spend a month in India in November/December 2015 serving the poor. This is the inaugural joint India Immersion for both colleges.

The three Kingsmen are Sean Dauner, Andrew Lynch and Braden Tonakie, and the five Leonians are Blake Alexander, Clint Caldicott, Jackson Hersee, Lachlan Stocks and Hugh Winten. The students will be accompanied by Br Rob Callen & Mr Gerard Keating.

These young men will spend two weeks in Calcutta working with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in centres like Prem Dan, Kalighat, and Nabor Jibon. In Chennai, they will work at MITHRA and Prema Vasam with severely disabled children from the slums of Madras. This is St Leo’s fifth India Immersion trip, but are delighted to make this a combined colleges initiative. Each student has paid his own fare with some assistance from a UQ Advantage grant.

The trip organiser, Br Rob Callen, Christian Brothers Oceania, says that this four-week experience always has a profound impact on every participant. Spending four weeks in a strange culture, being deprived of home comforts and familiar food, surrounded by a frenzy of colour, noise and smells, tests everyone and is a challenge for everyone. But this journey of self-discovery; this test of one’s patience and generosity, teaches every volunteer real truths about himself. And the whole experience offers the possibility for personal transformation. In their willingness to give of themselves so generously, these volunteers demonstrate their desire to build a better world.

Kieran Fouhy’s farewell celebrations

Kieran Fouhy has retired from his post at St Peter’s College as Headmaster but he has also been an integral force in supporting the Edmund Rice Network of New Zealand. All are invited to join the school in his official farewell celebrations. Details below:





5.30 P.M. ONWARDS – Everyone Welcome!


Come and say farewell to our Headmaster and enjoy an evening of our St Peter’s College – cultural performances.

x4a914c2b5d9556e4065b1c89b29b37f1.jpg.pagespeed.ic.aMN8XXKTulKieran and Diana Fouhy pictured with four of their five daughters at the St Peter’s 75th Jubilee celebrations last year.



(Farewell to Mr Fouhy and Welcome to Mr Bentley)

‘Changing of the Guard’ 




(or $500 for a table of 10 )

Tickets for this are selling fast!

Cash Bar available

Please contact Tania Fernandez (Development Office)       PHONE: 09 524 8108 x 7339


MASS – Further details to come….


Pacific Calling Partnership Team – still heads to Paris for COP21

A message from Jill Finnane: Eo-Justice Coordinator – Edmund Rice Justice Centre Sydney

Dear Friends,

In the wake of the shocking and sad Paris attacks, I wish to join the many people who are calling for solidarity and love and urging us to make sure that we have prayer in our hearts for the perpetrators as well a
the vicitms. I wish to echo the message that Phil Glendenning, the Director of the Edmund Rice Centre, expressed this morning to members of PCP’s delegation that will be leaving from Kiribati, Tuvalu and Australia to head for Paris at the end of next week:

‘I am sure you are all shocked and saddened by the events in Paris over the weekend. We are living in deeply distressing times. The thing those who take these actions desire is to see people change their behaviours, stop their normal activities and let fear dominate. In the wake of the tragedy in Paris it is clear that the COP 21 will proceed and security will be tightened obviously. It is important for the sake of our planet that the COP takes place. And it is important for the sake of PCP that we be there. So to Paris we go.’  Phil Glendenning

I wish to once again thank the organisations and individuals that have contributed towards the costs of taking Pacific Islanders to this crucial meeting in Paris.

Pictured below: President Anote Tong of Kiribati, Phil Glendenning – Director of the ER Centre Sydney, Pelenise Alofa – CEO of Kiribati Climate Action Network (KiriCAN) and Jill Finnane – ER Centre Sydney, Eco-Justice Coordinator11825591_502283173269523_2083883537646808234_n

An Ethical Encounter – ERJ Trust

Last week the Edmund Rice Justice Trust hosted its first Ethical Encounter event focused on Restorative Justice. Jackie Katounas from Blenheim who is the lead Restorative Justice Facilitator for the trust spoke of her experience and work as a Restorative Justice facilitator and shared her story. Jackie stated the need for restorative Justice conferences not to be a ‘box-ticking exercise’ before sentencing, but rather meaningful and  genuine conferences to attempt to facilitate healing and the moving forward for both the victim and offender.  Full Article  To receive regular news from the ERJ Trust email:


Pictured from left to right: Jackie Katounas (Lead RJ Facilitator), Cathy Harrison (ERJ Board member) and Ben Curtis (Chair of Auckland ER Camps Inc)

NZ Climate Action Network

As of October 22, 2015 – the Edmund Rice Centre became a member of the New Zealand Climate Action Network or NZCAN. NZCAN is a fairly new addition to the global Climate Action Network but already has more than 30 member organisations throughout New Zealand and is growing fast!

Did you know? CB’s Oceania Updates

The Trustees of the Christian Brothers for the Oceania Province send out a regular newsletter with news about the Brothers and their work in the Philippines, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand.  If you are a part of an Edmund Rice Network organisation or group, then you are welcome to receive these updates. Contact the ERN national office for more details.