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.

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February 23, 2011

Lay and clergy members of the Diocese of Christchurch are re-grouping, attempting to hold funerals, ministering to each other and reaching out to a wider community stunned by the Feb. 22 magnitude-6.3 earthquake.

New Zealand church leaders of many denominations have been in touch with...

February 22, 2011

Diocese of Christchurch Bishop Victoria Matthews says that in the New Zealand city that is reeling from a magnitude-6.3 earthquake that struck on Feb. 22 just before 1 p.m. local time there "are high, high levels of anxiety, and a sense of despair."

Speaking to Anglican Taonga, the...

February 21, 2011

Residents of Christchurch, New Zealand's second-largest city, are searching through the rubble left by a magnitude-6.3 earthquake that struck on Feb. 22 just before 1 p.m. local time, killing at least 65 people and damaging many buildings, including the Anglican cathedral.

It was the...

October 31, 2010

Anglicans in the quake-ravaged Canterbury region of New Zealand have given $120,000 for the relief effort in Haiti.

This gift -- an expression of "thanks and praise" -- was announced Oct. 30 by Bishop Victoria Matthews of the Diocese of Christchurch midway through the diocesan synod....

September 28, 2010

Anglicans in the Canterbury region of New Zealand are being asked to give at least $100,000 for earthquake relief in Haiti.

Diocese of Christchurch Bishop Victoria Matthews called on her diocese Sept. 26 to raise the money as an expression of thanks and praise by the time the diocese...

September 12, 2010

Cathedral Square in Christchurch, New Zealand, echoed with hymns of hope and praise on Sunday, Sept. 12, as 500 people celebrated Eucharist in the bright sunshine more than one week after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck the nation's South Island.

The Christchurch Cathedral congregation...

September 6, 2010

A significant number of Canterbury's oldest, most iconic and best-loved churches are among the buildings most seriously damaged by the 7.1-magnitude earthquake that struck New Zealand's South Island Sept. 4.

Old masonry and brick buildings -- constructed before the 1931 Napier quake...

June 27, 2010

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori arrived in Auckland on June 25 to begin an informal weeklong visit to the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.

Jefferts Schori arrived on a day of persistent, heavy rain, but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of some 60 people...

May 12, 2010

Bishop Winston Halapua was elected May 12 to serve as the next bishop of Polynesia -- and therefore as one of the three archbishops of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.

The election was held in the context of the church's General Synod and included several...

March 7, 2010

When St. Mary's Church, New Plymouth was consecrated on March 6 as a full-fledged cathedral -- the first new Anglican cathedral in New Zealand in more than 80 years -- Bishop Philip Richardson, of the Taranaki region of the Anglican Diocese of Waikato, spoke of his hopes for a new beginning....

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