Henare Whaanga

Thinking Matters Speaker and Wellington Regional Director

Henare Whaanga is the Wellington Regional Director of Thinking Matters, passionate about apologetics, empowering others to defend their faith, and with a deep love for Māori history and culture.⁠

With a heart for service and community impact, Henare strives to make a positive difference. As a loving father and frequent church speaker, he shares wisdom and insights to inspire and encourage.⁠

Henare’s personal journey towards Christianity was influenced by his parents’ remarkable transformations. His father, an ex-mobster turned Christian evangelist, and his mother, a former Jehovah’s Witness, instilled in him a deep curiosity and desire to search for truth. However, his path was not without obstacles. As a teenager, he encountered numerous doubts and lingering questions that challenged his newfound Christian faith. Additionally, he faced formidable encounters with stern atheists, further shaking his convictions.⁠

Nonetheless, God reignites his faith and he found better reasons to believe.—And from here on, Henare grew a passion to help ground Christians in their faith and engage atheists and agnostics in meaningful conversations. He believes that everyone should be prepared to give a reasoned defense for the hope that they have, just like he would have loved to have for his younger self!⁠

Henare Whanga’s inspiring journey serves as a testament to the transformative power of faith, the importance of intellectual grounding, and the responsibility to engage in honest and compassionate dialogues about one’s own beliefs.⁠

Christian Apologetics – “A three-step approach to defending your Christian faith”⁠
⁠The Gospel in Aotearoa – “The footprint of faith is deep and wide… but where did it begin?⁠”
The Reliability of the Bible

All talks are 40-45 minutes, however most can be adjusted to 30 minutes if necessary.


Contact details:

Email: henare@thinkingmatters.org.nz

Phone: 02108246278

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