Chaplains at AUT

The team of faith servant leaders are experienced and approachable chaplains who take an active interest in their work with people. Most of them conduct regular activities (prayer, meditation, scripture study), or you can contact them to discuss your spiritual interests. They can also assist you with personal and spiritual growth, provide information on their faith’s beliefs and practices, conduct ceremonies, discuss the meaning or purpose of life, and attend to life passages (like births, marriages, deaths).

See the AUTSA website for faith-based and cultural student-led groups.

Reverend Linda T Hope
AUT Chaplaincy Co-ordinator - Reverend Linda T Hope

Contact details

Phone 021 155 9197

Available by appointment or by dropping in to WB114 on Wednesdays or Thursdays during semester.

Outside of these days please contact 021 155 9197.


Linda is a Christian Minister of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa-New Zealand. She has been ordained for over 20 years and has worked in parishes, an F1-F7 integrated school, the military (Royal NZ Air Force), the Seafarers’ Centre, and in the community as well as private business. Since 2009, Linda has volunteered at a national level for her Tokelauan ethnic group in Tokelau and Aotearoa-NZ. She has conducted research or facilitated workshops on language preservation and retention, sexual violence prevention, access to palliative care and hospice services, overcoming domestic abuse, and suicide prevention.

Danny Kyu Deug Kim
Christian Chaplain - Reverend Danny Kyu Deug Kim

Contact details:

Phone 021 0815 8687

Danny is available at the City campus on Wednesday between 12 noon and 4pm

Danny was ordained in 1994 in South Korea (Chong Buk [Province] Nohae [Place]) to the Presbyterian Church where he worked first as an Associate Pastor then Senior Pastor. Whilst serving multiple congregations he also instigated a new church. In 2000, Danny came to NZ to study, initially for two years at AUT's North Campus, and from this positive experience made a decision to live in NZ permanently. He has completed a graduate diploma at the University of Waikato and a Master of Social Work at Massey University. Other interests and work experience include mental health and autistic community support. For the past eight years Danny worked at Massey University as a voluntary chaplain where he initiated a programme to distribute free bread, conduct Bible study and prayer groups as well as teach the Korean language for free. Although new to AUT he has already begun a free Korean class and in the near future looks to also distribute free bread to students.

rafat najm muslim
Islamic (Muslim) Chaplain - Sheikh Rafat Najm

Contact details

Phone 021 134 0501 (no answers for text messages)

Available on Mondays by appointment.

Muslim Prayer Room access, opening hours and sessions
The Muslim Prayer Room is located on the City campus in WT012, on Lorne Street.
Open week days and weekends 5am-11pm
Access to WT012 is via swipe card access, using your Student ID Card.
Contact Security for Access outside these hours.

Jummah Friday Prayers

Summer: Session one at 1.30pm, Session two at 2.00pm, Session three at 2.30pm
Winter: Session one at 12.30pm, Session two at 1.30pm

Sheikh Rafat Najm is a Muslim Scholar who studied Islamic Studies at Al Azhar University, and has a BA in Law and Islamic Law (Cairo - Egypt). He came to New Zealand in 1997 and worked as an Imam of Christchurch Mosque. He is involved in Muslim youth spirituality, and organising camps and trips for Muslim youth. He has been teaching Arabic and Islamic Studies for the previous eight years. Rafat enjoys tramping, volleyball, soccer and reading. He is very pleased to meet with Muslim students, and guide them spiritually. He is fluent in Arabic and English.

Rev Dr William Chang
Christian Chaplain - Reverend Dr William Chang

Contact details

Phone 021 112 9929

Available by appointment: City Campus - Monday mornings, South Campus – Wednesday afternoons  He has spoken and done research work in Christian Spirituality, human identity, Post modernity and globalisation.

William has been a minister of the Lutheran Church in Singapore since 1986 and was ordained in 1990. He is a guest pastor of the Lutheran Church of New Zealand serving an Asian congregation in Auckland. He holds a PhD in theology. He is a pastor, missionary and seminary professional with local and international experience. He has global experience in the areas of interfaith, human trafficking and human rights while working with the Lutheran World Federation (head office of the world Lutheran communion) in Geneva, Switzerland for 5 years, prior to his coming to New Zealand as the Asia-Pacific Regional Director. During which time, he had global collaborations with the World Council of Churches and the United Nations.

Rev Zubai Liu Louis
Christian Chaplain - Reverend Zibai Louis Liu

Contact details

Phone 021 163 8810

Available by appointment: City Campus - Wednesdays 2pm to 5pm

Zibai Louis Liu is a part-time chaplain for Unitec Waitakere Campus (from 2013, to present) and also a pastor from Church of Nazarene New Zealand for Asian ministries (from 2012 to present). He is a qualified Dentist (Beijing China) who came to NZ, retrained, studied and graduated from Laidlaw College (BCNZ) with a Bachelor degree of Divinity in 2010.He also has various interests from film and photography to water sport such as sailing. And he loves languages, currently learning Korean, Japanese and Spanish.

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