About Our Board
Our Board Members are elected at the AGM for a period of 3 years. We currently have a transitional board guiding us through our first 15 months of operation.
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.
Suzanne Gibbs, Vice-President
Hello it’s Suzanne here, growing up in the fifties and sixties has given me the opportunity to be at the leading edge of many things. We came home for tea when the streetlights came on, my primary school memory is learning Maori stick games, lunch and getting in the cricket team seemed more important at high school. Once working I was taught Retailing and have sold everything from cosmetics to car parts. In the 70’s a bunch of us built 18ft ‘A class’ Catamarans and raced them from the Mt Pleasant yatch club. In later years practice and determination gained me selection in NZ Clay target shooting teams. A Hippie at heart I have always been connected to the energies of nature and believe you get out of something what you put in. My governance involvement at local and national level of many of the organisations has given me great pleasure and personal growth. Along with my Complementary Medicine qualifications I am a Medium and Spiritual Healer. To me Spiritualism is a way of life, fully connected to source energy, with freedom of choice and personal responsibility. My Vice-Presidents responsibility of co-navigating Spiritualism NZ on the journey to effectively support the Spiritual Community in our country is exciting and well worth the energy.
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.
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.
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.
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