Parish Leadership Team
The shepherd’s staff in the centre of the logo is a symbol of “the Good Shepherd.” Jesus said “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd gives his life for the sheep” [Jn10:11], and “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” [Jn10.27]. Jesus is our good shepherd and He is the centre of our community. We are under His guidance and protection. We, the community of Te Awakairangi, listen to His voice and follow Him because we know His voice.
The River represents Hutt River, which is “Te Awakairangi”. Awakairangi was the original Maori name for the Hutt River. Now it is used quite commonly as the name for the Hutt Valley. “Te Awa” means the river and “kairangi” describes it as a precious river that meanders across the valley. Water is something that is precious and holy. It symbolises grace, cleansing and life, as for example, in Baptism. We might imagine the grace of God flowing through our parish.
The four different shades of blue flowing water represent communication, peace and our four communities within the community that flows in the same direction led by the Good Shepherd.
Our parish is a community of communities, in our diversity we find unity and strength as members of the Body of Christ. Together we belong, grow and connect, the parts working together for the good of the whole body.
Our new parish leadership is collaborative and transparent, encouraging active dialogue between communities where all voices are valued and listened to.
The identity of Eucharistic Communities within the new Parish is respected and the principle of subsidiarity is applied. (Those things that can be decided at the lowest possible level are decided at that level)
Our new parish has a preferential option for the poor, creating conditions for the marginalised voices to be heard, to defend the defenceless, and to assess lifestyles, policies and social institutions in terms of their impact on the poor. This option for the poor does not mean pitting one community against another, but rather, is calls us to strengthen the whole community by assisting those who are most vulnerable.