Dr Terry PouonoLecturer – School of Theology

  • BA, BDiv, Masters in Ecumenical Studies, PhD

Dr Terry Pouono is a lecturer at Laidlaw, teaching a wide range of courses in Biblical Studies, Theology, Church History and Intercultural Studies.

Terry loves teaching theology because he sees it as a wonderful opportunity to share the story of the Christian faith in a classroom setting. Terry is passionate about sharing his own story as a New Zealand-born Samoan Christian, and also loves learning from the deep, meaningful discussions when the students share stories about their own faith journeys. He believes that a deeper understanding and discernment of the Christian story allows individuals to be better equipped for various levels of Christian witness and service in the local church, the wider New Zealand society or the global church.

Terry has published several journal articles exploring various issues in the diaspora Samoan church in New Zealand. Currently, he is writing an article concerning the exodus of New Zealand-born Samoans from the traditional Samoan churches and the attraction of multi-ethnic churches. Another issue he is planning to write about looks at Pacific Islanders studying theology.

Terry was raised in Massey, West Auckland and his family attended the Congregational Christian Church Samoa (CCCS). After completing his BA at the University of Auckland, Terry studied theology at Malua Theological College in Samoa where he completed his Bachelor of Divinity in 2003. Following his time in Malua, he received a scholarship to study for his Masters degree at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute and the University of Geneva in Switzerland. 

After completing his Masters in 2005, Terry was called to teach at Malua Theological College in the Practical Theology department from 2006-2011. Terry moved back to New Zealand with his family in 2012 to pursue a PhD at the University of Auckland and this was completed at the end of 2016. 

Outside of Laidlaw, Terry is a Board of Trustees member of Roscommon School. He has also managed his son's soccer teams, plays at the local tennis club, and works part time as a licensed security guard for Platform 4 Group security working mostly Eden Park games. 

Terry is married to Toese, and they have four young children that keep them busy with their demanding extra-curricula obligations. He supports his children who play soccer, tennis, swimming and takes them to music lessons. Like as a parent can be challenging...but immensely rewarding!


PUBLICATIONS

Journal articles and Book chapter

2017

“Indigenous Language Loss: The Future of Gagana Sāmoa (Samoan language) in diaspora.” In Post Colonial Voices from Downunder: Indigenous Matters, Confronting Readings, ed. Jione Havea, 170-181. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2017.

“Replanting the Transplanted Christian Churches: Missio Dei and the Twenty-First Century Diaspora Samoan Church.” Stimulus, April 2017.

2013

“Teu le Vā: The Samoan Cosmic-community in Aotearoa preserving harmonious relationships…where is the harmony?” Pacific Journal of Theology 2, no. 50 (2013): 88-103.

“Coconut Juice in a Coca Cola bottle. In search of an Identity: A New Zealand-born Samoan Christian in a Globalized World.” Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review 45, no. 2 (2013): 170-184.


Conference presentations

2017

“First Nations Missiology and Pacific Island Churches.” Paper presented for the First Nations Missiology Conference with Redcliffe College, UK, 10 February 2017.

“Replanting the transplanted Christian churches: Missio dei and the 21st Century diaspora Samoan church.” Paper presented at the Resistance and Innovation: Empire and Native Christianity in the Pacific Symposium, University of Auckland, 24 March 2017.

“Pacific Island student achievement in Theological Education.” Paper presented at the Christian Theological and Ministries Education Society Annual General meeting. St John’s College – Auckland, 31 March 2017.

“Recapturing the Pacific Mission Heart Today: A Samoan perspective.” Paper presented at the Recapturing the Mission Heart of our Pacific Christian Heritage Seminar, Life Church Manurewa – Auckland, 7-8 July 2017.

2014

“Turn on the TV! Sesame Street is on! Linguistic Post-colonialism and the survival of the Samoan language in a multi-faceted world.” Paper presented at the Postcolonial Engagement: Politics, Religions, Scriptures Conference, United Theological Seminary/ Charles Sturt University Australia, 1-2 August 2014.

2013

Teu le Vā: Extracting theological understanding of relationships in Samoan culture. Is it ethical?” Paper presented at the ANZATS and Combined Conferences, Laidlaw College Auckland, 29 June 2013.

Teu le Vā: The Samoan Cosmic-community in Aotearoa preserving harmonious relationships...where is the harmony?” Paper presented at the Oceania Biblical Scholars Association Conference, Fiji, 1-3 August 2013.

2012

“Coconut water in a Coca Cola bottle: In search of an Identity: A New Zealand-born Samoan Christian in a Globalized World.” Paper presented at the STAANZ – Systematic Theology Assn Aotearoa New Zealand Conference, Laidlaw College, 10-11 December 2012.


Other presentations

2017

“Coconut water in a Coca Cola bottle: In search of an Identity: A New Zealand-born Samoan Christian in a Globalized World.” Paper presented at the Presbyterian Youth Ministry – Connect: National Youth Leaders’ Conference, Waikanae, 22 July 2017.

“Barefoot Theology” Paper presented at the Presbyterian Youth Ministry – Connect: National Youth Leaders’ Conference, Waikanae, 22 July 2017.

2014

“Pacific Nations and Region.” Speaker at the Mission of the Church in the 21st Century Conference, Laidlaw College Auckland, 7-8 May 2014.

2012

“The Effects of Globalization on Samoan Christian Identity.” Paper presented at the Emerging Pasifika Researchers in Theology Fono, St John’s College- Auckland, 23 June 2012.