Ko Puketohunoa me Ruapehu ngā maunga
Ko Taumarere me Whanganui ngā awa
Ko Ngāpuhi me Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi ōku iwi
Ko Ngāti Manu me Ngāti Rangi ōku hapū
Ko Ngāti Manu me Te Puke ōku marae
Ko Kerry Davis tōku ingoa Tēnā tātou katoa.
My father’s tribal areas are Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Manu in Northland. My mother was from the small central North Island township of Raetihi, so I am Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi and Ngāti Rangi on her side. I was born in Kawakawa and baptized there at St Paul’s Church. Prior to God’s call on my life into fulltime church ministry I was a career diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. I served at the New Zealand Embassy/High Commission in Papua New Guinea, Japan, Solomon Islands and New York. I was responsible for the administration, security and financial control of the mission as well as the care of New Zealand nationals requiring consular or medical assistance. In 2013 after our posting to New York we returned to New Zealand where I commenced theological study nearby at St John’s College. After completing my studies I was appointed Missioner at Te Mīhana Māori o Tāmaki Makaurau- the Auckland Anglican Māori Mission based at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Grafton.
There is a lovely wairua that surrounds St Aidan’s that is testament to the caring and supportive nature of its people. That is the reason I felt called to serve here as Priest Associate.