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Expressions of Interest in CPE in Auckland should be directed to The Rev’d John McAlpine
Phone: 022-166-2556 / Email:

Supervisors: The Rev’d Michelle Shin; The Rev’d John McAlpine

CPE Auckland is offering two Foundational CPE Units in 2024:

Date of CPE Unit:   4 March – 21 June 2024
Group Meetings:    Every Friday, plus the Thursday of the first/middle/last week
Apply by:                1 Nov 2023



Date of CPE Unit:   22 July – 8 Nov 2024
Group Meetings:    Every Friday, plus the Thursday of the first/middle/last week
Apply by:                1 April 2024

Expressions of Interest in CPE in Waikato/Bay of Plenty/Rotorua/Taranaki should be directed to Donna Denmead
Phone: 027-274-7381 / Email:

Supervisors:  Donna Denmead; The Rev’d Ros Sims

Date of CPE Unit: 3 April – 18 July 2024

Group Meetings:  We begin with an in-person-meeting Wed-Thurs April 3-4; then we meet on Zoom on Wed April 10, 17, 24 and May 1, 8; there will be another in-person-meeting Wed-Thurs May 15-16; then we meet on Zoom weekly Wed May 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26 and July 3, 10; and conclude with a final in-person-meeting Wed-Thurs 17-18 July.

Apply by: 1 March 2024

Expressions of Interest in CPE in Manawatu/Rangitikei/Whanganui/Taranaki should be directed to The Rev’d Peter Brown
Phone: 027-348-8800 / Email:  

Supervisors:  The Rev’d Peter Brown; The Rev’d Canon Kath Maclean

Date of CPE Unit: 4 March – 25 June 2024

Group Meetings: The group meetings will be held at the Tutaenui Hall, Marton, Rangitikei. Commencing in March it will comprise nine sessions of two days. These sessions will be set at fortnightly intervals to allow time for students to continue to build up practical pastoral experience in their place of work.

The dates are Mondays and Tuesdays as follows:

March 4/5, 18/19; April 15/16, 29/30; May 13/14, 27/28; June 10/11, 24/25. (There will be no session April 1/2 – this will be an Easter break with reading assignments).

Apply by: as soon as possible

Expressions of Interest in CPE in Wellington should be directed to The Rev’d Amy Finiki
Phone:  027-271-6170 / Email: 

Supervisors: The Rev’d Amy Finiki; The Rev’d Canon Kath Maclean

Date of CPE Unit: 8 Feb – 7 June 2024
Group Meetings: Starting with two days Thursday/Friday 8/9 Feb, and then every Friday (except for Good Friday) and concluding Friday 7 June
Apply by: 1 Jan 2024

Expressions of Interest in CPE in Christchurch should be directed to The Rev’d Helen Roud
Phone 027-657-7947 / Email:

Supervisor: The Rev’d Helen Roud
Date of CPE Unit: 23rd July – 20th Novembe
Group Meetings:  Weekly on Tuesdays with additional Wednesdays at the beginning/middle/end; OR fortnightly on Tuesdays/Wednesdays.
Apply by: 1 May 2024

Expressions of Interest in CPE in Otago/Southland should be directed to The Rev’d Mary Huie-Jolly
03 473 6996 or 022 305 4124 / Email:

Supervisor: The Rev’d Mary Huie-Jolly

Date of CPE Unit: Feb 29 – June 6, 2024

Group Meetings: (in Dunedin)

Thursdays 8:00 am-1:00 pm; and Fridays 1:00 pm-6:30 pm

Feb     29 and Mar 1

Mar     7/8; 21/22

April    4/5;18/19

May    2/3,16/17; 30/31

June   6

Apply by: as soon as possible

Application Forms

To apply for a course, download one of the following files, complete it with your details, and then email it as an attached document to the CPE Centre of your choice.

NB: If the Application Form Word document doesn’t appear on your screen, please check your computer’s ‘Download’ folder.


The current cost of CPE within Aotearoa/New Zealand is: $2,200.00.

Overseas Enquiries

If you are not a New Zealand Citizen/Resident, you need to consider the following issues before you apply to study CPE in New Zealand.

In order to gain a visa to study in A/NZ, your intended course of study must be:

  • a course that is approved by the NZ Qualifications Authority (NZQA) provided by an Institution approved by NZAQANZACPE is too small an institution be a NZQA approved provider, so we offer CPE through Laidlaw College, a NZQA approved provider; therefore you will need to become a Laidlaw College student, and apply to study CPE through Laidlaw College; see
  • at least a 60 credit ‘qualification course’; CPE is 45 credits, so you would also need to complete another 15 credit paper with Laidlaw College to attain, for example, a 60 credit Graduate Certificate in Theology

An overseas person wanting to study in NZ must pay the full cost of any ‘qualification course’ (unlike NZ citizens who pay less, with the NZ Government paying the remaining cost). The current cost for an overseas person is $NZ 140.00 per credit; so a 60 credit course will cost you a total of $NZ 8,400.00 which must be paid upfront to the training institute (i.e. Laidlaw College) before a visa will be issued by the Government.

Other issues you need to consider:

  • most NZ CPE Units are extended over 14-17 weeks
  • in NZ there are no institutions that offer a stipend whilst a person undertakes CPE
  • all accommodation and personal costs need to be met whilst a person undertakes CPE
  • a person undertaking CPE and providing pastoral ministry within any Government institution (e.g. a hospital), and within most other NZ institutions (e.g. church agencies) needs to have a new NZ Police Clearance; plus, an overseas person needs to have a very recent Police Clearance from the country/countries where they have recently lived

If you believe that you can meet the above issues, you are welcome to complete an Application Paper. You need to apply to one of the CPE Centres listed on this website, be interviewed by a CPE supervisor from that Centre, and be accepted by that Centre before you apply to study through Laidlaw College.

CPE and Other Educational Providers

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Bibliography for CPE Participants

Anton Boisen, one of the founders of CPE, encouraged his students to pay careful attention to both their own self and the people in their care. He urged his students to ‘read these living human documents’, first-hand living source materials rather than second-hand statements found in textbooks. However, CPE supervisors/educators do point CPE participants to relevant literature as they endeavour to develop their pastoral skills.

The bibliography that follows is by no means exhaustive:


Boundaries: when to say yes, when to say no, to take charge of your life  –  Henry Cloud / John Townsend

Coming to Grief  –  Pam Heaney

Companioning the Bereaved: a soulful guide for caregivers  –  Alan D. Wolfelt

Dibs in Search of Self – Virginia Mae Axline

Henri Nouwen: Wounded Healer  –  William Ruddle

People Skills: how to assert yourself, listen to others, and resolve conflict  –  Robert Bolton

Personhood and Presence: self as a resource for spiritual and pastoral care – Ewan Kelly

Swift to Hear: facilitating skills in listening and responding  –  Michael Jacobs

Talking Past Each Other – Joan Metge and Patricia Kinloch

Talking Together: Korero Tahi – Joan Metge

The Gift to Listen : The Courage to Hear – Cari Jackson

The Mutuality of Care  –  Roy Herndon Steinhoffsmith

The Power of Listening: building skills for mission and ministry  –  Lynne M Baab

The Practice of Pastoral Care: a post-modern approach  –  Carrie Doering

The Sacred Art of Listening  –  Kay Lindahl

The Skilled Helper: a systematic approach to effective helping  –  Gerard Egan

The Skilled Pastor: counselling as the practice of theology  –  Charles Taylor

Transforming Communication: leading-edge professional and personal skills  –  Richard Bolstad / Margot Hamblett

Wounded Healer  –  Henri Nouwen