Overseeing the growth of SCNZ and leading the team of Sports Chaplains in the Wellington & Tasman region is Wes Smith.


Wes brings a peaceful strength in his approach to leading this area. After living in Nelson for many years, Wes and the family moved to Wellington in 2022 and have settled at Otaki Beach - what a dream!

Wes is a huge football fan, and in his words “I am a HUGE fan of Newcastle United…I LOVE them.” - so his chaplaincy placement with the Wellington Saints is a new lane for him! When he’s not shaping SCNZ in his area, you’ll find Wes out in the ocean catching waves and riding tubes atop a surfboard.


To get in touch with Wes,
click here.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​Wellington & Tasman Sports Chaplain Count: 12 

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Keep up to date with the latest news and events popping up around Canterbury! We love collecting Sports Chaplain stories - there's always something great to share! If you would like to stay in the loop with occasional regional newsletters sent directly to your inbox please click here!

2024 Trainings

Don't miss out on the opportunity to become a Sports Chaplain. Completing your training through our Sports Chaplaincy New Zealand training programme is mandatory and covers all foundational material needed to become an SCNZ accredited Sports Chaplain. This a blended learning experience with an online course covering 22 topics and 1 day in-person workshop. The online component takes approximately 20 hours to complete.

The next training cohort for 2024 begins on August 19th 2024, don't leave it too late to get in touch!

Workshops - absolute highlights!

In 2023, we had five groups of new chaplains train and each brought their own flare, personality, and faith background. We really value coming together in fellowship for Stronger Together meetings, and workshops, as we learn so much about our new team mates, and hear more about their cultures and backgrounds.

Our workshops are a great way to connect personally and learn through discussion and scenarios.

SCNZ Facebook

We have a national Facebook page where there are posts about what we are up to as an organisation, updates on all regions around New Zealand, inspirational material, and details around training and workshops.

This page is for everyone - please don't hesitiate to click that follow button! Our national SCNZ page here.

Well-being Support

We believe that wellness is about our whole being - mental, emotional, spiritual, relational, and physical. ​​​​​​Listed on our well-being support page are a collection of resources tailored to support you.

Join us in prioritising well-being in Aotearoa and fostering resilience within the sports community. Check out our well-being resources by clicking the button to the right.

Other SCNZ Leaders in the region


Michaela hails from the deep south, and has moved to Wellington to enjoy more of the same average weather.

She is in charge of all internal and external communications, implementing communications strategies, maintaining the SCNZ brand, keeping the website updated, and creating all socials.

Growing up, Michaela played rugby, raced BMX, and did figure skating. Sport (in particular BMX) was family time - Michaela and her two brothers all raced, and this took them all across New Zealand. If she’s not designing, Michaela is baking, watching NFL (up the Eagles), playing her fiddle, or up the mountain snowboarding.​​​​​​​







Some of our Sporting Partners in the Lower North Island

National Newsletter

We write and release newsletters throughout the year that tell our success stories, update our supporters on what we've been up to, and hopefully encourage readers in life and their own journey!

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