A new name for Prison Chaplaincy
In November 2022, the Board decided to change our organisation's name. Our new name is: Tira Tūhāhā Prison Chaplaincy Aotearoa.
Our Board members: Bishop’s Kito Pikaahu and Richard Wallace, and Te Aroha Rountree came up with the name which draws on Epeha 1:18 (Ephesians 1:18) and the 12 heavens of Māori religion and mythology.
Tira: A group of persons (or groups) with a common cause working towards a common goal, a movement towards
Tūhāhā: the ordered heavens and a place of safety, enlightenment, belonging, hope, wellbeing, security, and peace.
The overall meaning and interpretation of Tira Tūhāhā: We seek for our ‘paihere’ a safe space where they may become enlightened in their faith and their selfhood. An ordered realm of potential that brings hope for rehabilitation and well-being, guided by the faith and wisdom of the ministry of Chaplaincy.