Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia

Formerly known as the Church of the Province of New Zealand, the Church covers 106,000 square miles and includes the countries of New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Islands. It was established as an autonomous Church in 1857.


August 1, 2011

New Zealand's second biggest city could have a temporary Anglican cathedral as soon as February -- but the 700-seat structure will be made of recyclable cardboard. It would replace ChristChurch Cathedral, which was destroyed in the Feb. 22 earthquake that killed 181 people.

The NZ$4...

July 12, 2011

The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia has decided to set up a commission to study and summarize its findings on whether openly gay and lesbian people should be ordained as Anglican priests.

The commission is expected to complete its work and report to the church's...

June 15, 2011

ChristChurch Cathedral has lost three-quarters of its west wall, including the ornate rose window, in the latest aftershocks.

The destruction of the rose window – which Diocese of Christchurch Bishop Victoria Matthews describes as "the icon of the icon" – will inevitably influence...

June 13, 2011

New Zealand's second biggest city was again plunged into a chaos of dust clouds, rock slides, traffic jams and collapsing buildings, after being rocked by a 5.7-magnitude and a 6.3-magnitude earthquake within 90 minutes in mid-afternoon on June 13.

Many buildings, including churches,...

May 31, 2011

Anglican church leaders in New Zealand are urging politicians to set up a special commission to investigate the country's criminal justice system.

The move follows a remark by the Deputy Prime Minister Bill English that "prisons are a fiscal and moral failure."

Archbishops David...

April 14, 2011

Leaders of New Zealand's mainline Christian denominations have agreed to call a National Day of Prayer on April 30.

Churches throughout the country will be opened then, so that churchgoers and the community at large can pray for people reeling from the effects of the disasters that have...

March 17, 2011

The Anglican leader of Christchurch, New Zealand, Bishop Victoria Matthews led an estimated crowd of 40,000 residents and dignitaries, including Prince William of the United Kingdom, March 18 in grieving for losses of the Feb. 22 magnitude-6.3 earthquake while asking them to look in hope to the...

March 3, 2011

This story was updated at 4 p.m. EST to reflect results of the search.

Searchers who entered the rubble of the city's iconic Anglican cathedral March 5 (local time) expecting to recover the bodies of 20 to 22 victims of the Feb. 22 magnitude-6.3 earthquake, instead found none.


February 27, 2011

New Zealanders will pause nationwide on March 1 for two minutes' silence for the victims of the Feb. 22 magnitude-6.3 earthquake that destroyed large parts of the city of Christchurch and the surrounding area.

The silence will begin at 12:51p.m. (6:51 p.m. Feb. 28 EST), the time the...

February 24, 2011

The mayor of Christchurch, New Zealand, has vowed that the iconic Anglican cathedral in the center of that earthquake-ravaged city will be rebuilt "brick by brick, stone by stone" because "we need to find some symbols like that."

Bob Parker told the Dominion newspaper that in the wake of...