Reverend Gareth Walters
The King’s College Senior Chaplain sits on the Senior Leadership Team and is responsible for Chapel worship and all other spiritual outreach, including pastoral care for the College community, overseeing the teaching of Religious Studies in the classroom and overseeing outreach programmes by the College to the community.
Rev. Walters will be familiar to many in the wider King’s community having served for seven years as Assistant Chaplain with Reverend Warner Wilder from 2009 to 2016.
For the past four years Rev. Walters has co-led the St. George’s Anglican Church, Epsom which is one of Auckland’s largest parishes. Over recent years he has also spent time on assignments as Interim Chaplain with Dilworth School for Boys, St Kentigern School and King’s School. From 2009-2014 he chaired the Auckland Association of NZ RE Teachers and School Chaplains (NZARETSC) and the New Zealand Association from 2015-16.
“It seemed right to offer myself at this time for this role at King’s College,” said Rev. Walters. “As someone who has a deep affinity with young people, I am absolutely delighted to return to the King’s community. I count it a privilege to be re-joining the Chapel team and College, and offering my experience as a qualified teacher, ordained Priest and as someone who is deeply convinced of the relevance of Christian faith in today’s complex world. I cannot think of a better place to serve, than a school that seeks to provide for its students the best all-round education.”
Rev. Walters has a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching from the Auckland College of Education, a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from the University of Auckland and received a Bachelor of Applied Theology from the Carey Baptist College. He is currently studying for his Master of Arts in Applied Theology.
Onosai Auva’a – Assistant Chaplain
Onosai took up the role of Assistant Chaplain at the beginning of Term 2, 2016. Onosai attended King’s College from 1998-2002. He was Deputy Head Prefect, captain of the First XV and leader of the Jazz Band.
Since leaving school, Onosai has played professional rugby, playing for the Auckland Blues, Counties Manukau, Sale Sharks in England and the New Zealand Sevens, winning a gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
Onosai relates extremely well to the students and his ministry is marked by his willingness to share his faith with them.