About Our Board
Our Board Members are elected at the AGM for a period of 3 years. At the recent AGM in August 2019, we were pleased to welcome on board Gail Payne and Kay Howard.
Contact with any board members can be made through the Registrar@spiritualism.org.nz
Our current officers are:-
Joanne Duncan, President
Joanne has been involved with spiritualism for over 30 years, has served on the Porirua Spiritualist Church committee in various roles since 1993 and currently is president of that church. She is a registered healer and does mediumship at her local spiritual centres and churches as well as those further afield. Since taking on the role of National President of the Spiritualist Church of New Zealand (SCNZ) in 2015, Joanne has worked with a group of passionate, knowledgeable people on developing a clear vision for how the SCNZ could evolve and refresh itself, leading to the formation of Spiritualism New Zealand.
Sue Boyle, Vice-President
Sue has worked with Spirit for over 40 years as a channel for their wisdom words, healing and performing house cleansings and blessings. She moved to Upper Hutt and joined the spiritualist church, meeting like minded people. She is now their Secretary, works on platform and as a reader and healer for the Oasis Healing Centre. The idea of bringing people together to support and empower them motivates her to be part of SNZ.
Tonni Pedersen, Secretary
Tonni is a cream-maker with Weleda (NZ) Ltd. He is almost as passionate about natural medicine as he is about spiritualism. Tonni has been involved in spiritualism since 1989. His first involvement in the church work was healing. He has been a Registered Spiritual Healer since 2000. He looks after the Forum in the members’ section of our website, and he is treasurer of Hastings Spiritualist Church.
Anne Roughton, Treasurer
Anne got serious about her spiritual journey around 20 years ago when she joined the Oasis Centre healing group, some local Spiritual Churches and Barnardos NZ all within a few years of each other. Anne is passionate about empowering people in the community to help and heal themselves. She is a qualified healer and does mediumship at her local spiritual centres. She is currently president of the Upper Hutt Spiritualist Church and takes development classes and public workshops.
Barbara Hand, Registrar
Barbara has been living and working spiritually for over 20 years and is focused on helping people to learn what it is like to live a spiritual life and how to connect with the spirit realm. She totally embraces the concept of a spiritual community throughout New Zealand, working together and supporting each other. She works in her local spiritual churches as well as helping to run workshops, retreats, classes and a Soul Food Café.
Anne Pedersen, Board Member
Anne has been a caregiver for about ten year’s, and has been involved with spiritualism for approximately thirty years. Anne is very passionate about Spiritual Healing and has been a Registered Spiritual Healer since 2000. She has served as secretary, and treasurer at branch level, and has been president of the Hastings Spiritualist Church since 2001. She is in charge of the policy register.
Richard Parker, Healing Co-ordinator
Richard has been involved in Spiritualism for 10 years in this lifetime, following in the footsteps of both his Father and Grandfather. He has held several officer positions in his local Spiritual Church, including President. He endeavours to keep a youthful soul by teaching others. His special passion is Healing.
Karena Dixon, Board Member
Karena is a mother of 2, grandmother of 5, and is of Ngati Porou and Te Whanau a Apanui descent. She values highly her relationship with the Divine and is passionate about spiritual growth & spiritual awareness. She is a Registered Spiritual Healer and is the current President of the South Auckland Spiritualist Church.
Gail Payne Board Member
Gail first got in involved in Spiritualism over 40 years ago, attending the Glenroy Spiritualist Church in Christchurch. She sat in her first Circle 35 years ago, at the Glenroy Church, and then came and went from Spiritualism as she explored other spiritual pathways. A spiritual viewpoint has guided and sustained her since her younger years, and she has consciously sought to understand and develop at a soul level. She has travelled the world to visit sacred sites, and studied a wide range of spiritual and healing modalities.
Gail feels humbled and grateful to be able to communicate with Spirit, and believes that spiritualist beliefs make her life gentle, holistic, and meaningful. She hopes that spiritualism means she is kind in her daily life, and she believes that at the soul level we are all One and part of the One.
Kay Howard Board Member
Like many people, Kay started her spiritual journey after (what seemed at the time) the untimely death of someone close. This happening over 30 years ago, combined with a number of significant psychic experiences and a search for something deeper that she did not find for herself in formal religions, led her to a spiritualism. SNZ Board membership is the first formal role she has held within the spiritualist community. She brings a strong commitment to creating a space in New Zealand that supports people who are seeking to grow personally and spiritually so they can live a spiritual and fulfilling life; an ideal she strives for herself.
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