Dr Terry PouonoLecturer – School of Theology

  • BA, BDiv, Masters in Ecumenical Studies, PhD

Terry Pouono joined Laidlaw College in 2014, and is a kaiako and lecturer in Theology at the Manukau campus. Terry holds a BA in Education from the University of Auckland, a Bachelor of Divinity from Malua Theological College in Samoa, and a Masters in Ecumenical Studies from the University of Geneva/ Bossey Ecumenical Institute. In May 2017, Terry graduated from the University of Auckland with a PhD in Theology.

Terry taught for six years at Malua Theological College, and while studying for his PhD he worked in the Tuakana student support programme at the University of Auckland.

His research is in the area of Practical Theology, and his doctoral thesis is titled “Coconut water in a Coca Cola bottle: In search of an Identity: A New Zealand-born Samoan Christian in a Globalized World” with particular focus on the challenges faced by Samoan Christian identity in a globalized world.

Terry loves to serve the community in various ways. He is a licensed security guard working for Platform Group 4 security. In addition, Terry is a Board of Trustees member at Roscommon School in Manurewa, manages his son’s soccer team and plays tennis at the local club.

He is a West Aucklander living in South Auckland, he is married to Toese and they have four children.

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.