The Reverend Nicky Frater
Before coming to Selwyn Village in 2019 I was Vicar of St James Anglican Church in Orakei. I also joined the Pastoral Care team at Waiatarua Mercy Parkland Hospital in Ellerslie where I found deep joy working with people who live with Dementia. I was also appointed “Mission Champion” responsible for helping residents and staff to connect our care practice to the Story, Mission and Values of the Sisters of Mercy. I bring to Selwyn a passion for connecting story, values and mission to care practice.
I was born into a Pentecostal Pastor’s family. As a child I discovered the Science of the very large (Astronomy) the very small (Quantum Physics) and how the very large began very small (Cosmology). These are still among my bedtime reading. I also love walking, singing, drawing, fashion and Science-Fiction. After leaving school I studied Design, worked for a few years as a Graphic Artist and then began training for Pentecostal Ministry. Gayanne and I married in 1983 and our children, Richard, Alison and Nathan soon followed. For six years I supported our ministry and young family with a range of jobs in Copying, Printing, Sales, Advertising and Joinery. In 1999 we moved to Auckland for four years further study at the Bible College of NZ. The next three years found us as Lay Ministers in the Anglican Parish of Kaiataia. Three years study for Anglican Priesthood followed. We also studied Practical Theology which is about connecting our beliefs with our care practice. Gayanne is now a Priest, Counsellor, Supervisor and Educator in Counselling and Spirituality. Richard, an artist, now lives in Berlin. Alison and Nathan, who help small business people with accounts, production and marketing, live in Auckland. They all create fantastic food provided Mum and Dad clean up.