Forum and Workshop Presenters


Rt Rev Steven Benford

The Right Reverend Dr. Steven Benford, is the tenth Bishop of Dunedin ordained and installed on 22 September 2017.

Benford has pursued a double career, for many years having worked as a doctor, having specialised as an anaesthetist working in the north of England, then in New Zealand, and then back in the North of England.

He is married to Lorraine. They have four children, Ashley, Jessica, Dominic and Justin.

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Rt Rev Fakaofo Kaio

Rev Kaio was born in the Tokelau Islands to LMS missionary parents. He is married to Ruth Risati and has four children. He is currently the PCANZ Moderator. Initially educated in Auckland, he is a graduate of Knox Theological College and Otago University.

He was appointed to the Onehunga Co-operating Parish in 2005. He has a desire for “a loving and caring multi-cultural, multi-denominational church which is Christ-centred, Bible-based and community oriented.”

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Rev Setaita Veikune

President Methodist Church

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Rev Dr Kevin Ward

A lecturer at Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership. His academic field is practical theology and his particular interests are in church life and leadership. His research interests are in religion and church in contemporary society and in congregational studies.


Mrs Nicola Grundy

Vice President Methodist Church

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Rev Heather Kennedy

Conflict resolution

Mrs Siniva Vaitohi

President NZMWF

Sustainable Development Goals