Fr John van der Kaa - Parish Priest
Fr John came to New Zealand in January 1968. After his study at Victoria University he began teaching at Bishop Viard College in 1972. He taught Mathematics and Science and introduced Technical Drawing and Computer Studies at the College.

After 16 years of teaching at Bishop Viard College Fr John began his Parish Pastoral ministry and came to Tawa in 1993. With the advantage of "past experience" he is now enjoying the challenge of serving the wider parish of Our Lady of Hope.

Apart from the normal work in the parish Fr John also visits Kenepuru Hospital and makes the occasional visit to the Forensic Unit in Porirua. Longview is also on the list of duties, but only once a month.

Blessed with its own Primary School, St Francis Xavier, the PP is a member of the Board of Trustees and a regular visitor to the school for its classroom liturgies.