The Catholic Institute

Lyn Smith


Position: NCRS project coordinator for Auckland, Lecturer, Head of RE

Location: St Columba Centre Auckland

Qualifications: MRE (ACU), B.Ed Ord (with Credit) (Manchester), BEd Hons (Manchester), Catholic Teachers Cert in Rel Stud (England), Certificate in Leadership (CIT)

Contact: 09 378 4574  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Research and Academic Interests: Social Justice / Catholic Social Teaching research;  Religious Education.

Lyn has recently been appointed to a .5 position to lead TCI's NCRS work in Auckland.

While Lyn will retain some of her teaching commitments, she will also be working in collaboration with Colin on key NCRS projects. Lyn brings her considerable wealth of relationships and connections in Catholic education to this new role. 

About Lyn:

Born in Yorkshire. Taught Religious Education at Secondary level for 20 Years in England and New Zealand. I have been teaching teachers since 2004 in Auckland. I am passionate about having well qualified RE teachers in our Catholic schools and about Catholic Social Teaching, which is my area of further study. As a full-time staff member of TCI, I lecture in the Diploma papers and the Certificate of Leadership.

In my spare time I love to play winter and summer hockey, drive my Landrover, read horror novels, write poetry, listen to heavy rock, get tattoos and cuddle Metallica and Cooper my cats and Ozzy and Eddie my rabbits.


Wanden, K & Birch, L. (2006). Planning Eucharist in schools. In H. Bergin &
S. Smith (Eds.), Nourished by Eucharist: new thoughts on an ancient theme: whangaia ki te Tato o te Ora. Auckland: Accent Publications.

Wanden, K & Birch, L. (2007) Catholic schools in New Zealand: challenges ahead. Journal of Catholic Schools Studies.

Birch, L. & Wanden, K. (2007). Students' perception of the mission of the church. Religious Education Journal of Australia.

Wanden, K & Birch, L. (2008). Catholic schools in New Zealand, a chapter contributed to the International Handbook on Catholic Education, Eds. G. Grace (University of London) and J. O'Keefe (Boston College).
and Launched In Rome at the Pontificia Universita Lateranense on 17th October, Boston College 5th November and University of London on 3rd December 2008

Wanden, K. & Birch, L. (2009) Finding a Way Forward: Interreligious Education and Religious Education in Aotearoa New Zealand. In the Interreligious Handbook of Education. Springer.

In Conjunction with Theo van der Nest an article on Reconceptualising the role of the DRS: A New Zealand Perspective. Hoping to get this published in the next 6 months.

Writing a chapter for the Theological Research Unit on Catholic Social Teaching Principles to be published in 2014 book Is it Fair?


'Catholic Social Teaching the Principles' at Ripples of Justice Conference & on the Organising Committee of the conference Auckland October 2013
Prayer Vigil for Syria: Organising Committee September 2013
'The Four Marks of the Church' for Western Deanery September 2013
'Social Justice in Brazil' for WYD Auckland Diocese participants: June 2013
'Can that really be Prayer?' for Auckland Youth Ministry: March 2013

'The Year of Faith: Social Justice in Lumen Gentium' for Our Lady of Lourdes Parish November 2012
'Religious Imagery in Rock' for the Catholic Schools Convention August 2012


Member of the Auckland Justice and Peace Commission
Convenor of the Peace and International Justice Committee for the Commission
Assessment in RE and its development
Member of the Theological Research Unit in Auckland 
On the Board of the St Columba Centre Ponsonby for the Diocese