Wellington Scoop

Wellington Anglicans appoint first Maori woman bishop

From l-r: Bishop-elect Quayle, Archbishop Don Tamihere, Bishop Eleanor Sanderson and Reverend Michael Hughes, General Secretary of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia.

News from the Anglican Church in NZ
The Right Reverend Justin Duckworth, Anglican Bishop of Wellington and the Right Reverend Dr Eleanor Sanderson, Assistant Bishop of Wellington, are delighted at the announcement of the Venerable Waitohiariki (Wai) Quayle as Pihopa / Bishop of te Upoko o te Ika.

The Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand is unique in the global church for its commitment to shared leadership within the ethnic make-up of its province, which as well as New Zealand includes Pacific Island nations.

Within New Zealand, each Diocese or regional area has both Maori and Pakeha bishops, who have separate administration and governance. Tikanga Pakeha is led in the Diocese of Wellington (which stretches from Wellington and the Wairarapa to Ruapehu) by Bishop Justin and Bishop Eleanor; and Tikanga Maori is led in the Diocese of te Upoko o te Ika, formerly led by Bishop Muru Walters, stretches over a similar area (with differing boundaries).

Bishop-elect Wai is the first female Maori Bishop appointed in any New Zealand church denomination. She joins Bishop Eleanor as the first female Bishops of the Anglican Dioceses of the Wellington / Upoko regions.

Ordained in 2013, of Ngati Kahungungu and Ngati Maahu, Bishop-elect Wai has most recently been Archdeacon of, and will continue to lead from, the Wairarapa.

Last week, Bishop Eleanor was the signatory witness to Bishop-elect Wai as she signed the official declarations and acceptance of her new role.

Bishop Eleanor writes: “I am proud to stand alongside Bishop-elect Wai as she takes on the mantle of leadership within God’s churches of te Upoko, and look forward to deepening the relationship between our two tikanga as together with Bishop Justin we explore what it means to be leaders of God’s church in this land and at this time.”