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The Nathaniel Centre


Who we are 

The Nathaniel Centre is the New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre.  The Centre was established on 1 May 1999 as the official agency of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops' Conference for bioethics.

We seek to bring the light of the Gospel and the moral tradition of the Catholic Church to issues in bioethics.

Director: Dr John Kleinsman

Senior Researcher and Admin: Dr Claire Amos

Research Fellow: Dr Zachariah Duke

Where to find us

The Nathaniel Centre is located at:
The Mercy Centre,
Guildford Tce,
Wellington, New Zealand.
Ph. 04 499 2251  


What we do 

Offer educational opportunities in bioethics to different groups

Act as an advisory and resource centre in bioethics for individuals, and for educational and community groups

Promote the study and practical resolution of ethical, social and legal issues arising out of medical and scientific research and practice

Publish articles and information on topics in bioethics

Carry out research and take action to support the Church's pastoral response to bioethical issues in the community while taking into account the needs of different cultures and groups in society

Provide assistance within New Zealand, and on request, to the Catholic dioceses of Oceania.