Ministers and Team

Tawa Union Church is blessed to have a caring and contributing team of ministers and administrators.

Rev Tania Shackleton of Tawa Union Church

Rev Tania Shackleton

From South Africa, arrived in New Zealand in 2002.
A Methodist minister. I have a daughter, who works in Qatar.
I am passionate about Faith, Community,Social Justice and Cats, actually all of Creation. Life is an adventure which I approach with awe and wonder.



Hiueni Nuku Tawa Union Church

Rev Hiueni Nuku

Hiueni Nuku is a self supporting Methodist minister who has oversight over our Tongan ministry. He is the manager of the Porirua Union Health Centre. Hiueni is Tongan born and has been resident in New Zealand since the 80s. He has a wife and four children. One of Hiueni’s talents is his ability to bridge Tongan and Kiwi culture. Another of his talents is that he plays a mean mouth organ.



Leanne Tawa Union Church

Leanne Bridge

Leanne Bridge is the TUC administrator. She is another international. She and her family come from South Africa; they have lived in New Zealand for a decade. Drop in to the Church Office (opening hours- Tuesday to Friday 9am to 12.30pm) and you’ll find a warm and friendly welcome.

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