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Koru Crozier

koru crozier

My friend Andrew Hedge was ordained bishop last Saturday and installed as the 16th Bishop of Waiapu. Andrew Gordon, from the Diocese of Waiapu, designed and produced a crozier with a difference. It retains the concept of shepherd’s crook and incorporates the image of a koru.

koruThe koru (Māori for “loop”) is a spiral shape based on the shape of a new unfurling silver fern frond and symbolizing new life, growth, strength and peace.

It is an integral symbol in Māori art, carving and tattoos. The circular shape of the koru helps to convey the idea of perpetual movement while the inner coil suggests a return to the point of origin.”

So there is also making connections with Māori.

crozier design
Andrew Gordon’s crozier design
Andrew Gordon, the artist, says, “the crozier design has been interpreted differently from the crook shape in prevous times and some old ones do grow leaves .. I had a Punga frond drawing from a previous work but collected an unfurling frond from the Waihirere bush close to here. The concept changed as I designed so it became lighter and more open than the original drawing. I still wanted it to hint of the Crozier shape and the idea of the implement to shepherd ones flock..So hopefully you get the feeling of a living implement, rather than a static tool.”

Andrew Gordon’s mention of earlier croziers that have leaves reminds me of the abbot’s crozier at the Cistercian monastery, Kopua, where I am an Associate. You can see it in this video (at 1:47). I understand Kopua’s crozier design is taken from a (possibly 12th century?) French Abbey. Andrew Hedge made his pre-episcopal-ordination retreat at Kopua.

Furthermore, he had asked my friend Elizabeth Kimberley to design a cope and mitre that would be plain and not flashy.

So the cope is a relatively simple affair – white trimmed with copper-toned orphrey (the panels at the front edges) and morse (the top connecting band).

The colours are symbolic of East Coast harvests, landscapes and beaches – and they are highlighted by flowing bands that symbolise pathways and pilgrimages, so dear to Waiapu’s recent history.

But it’s the hood at the back of the cope that really says something about a bishop who has an appetite for down-to-earth service.

It’s embroidered with a Maltese cross, the symbol of the Order of St John, the ambulance service for which Andrew Hedge has done weekly shifts in Cambridge, and will continue to serve in Waiapu.

Bishop Andrew Hedge
Newly-ordained Bishop Andrew Hedge with the new crozier, and cope and mitre.

Click here to see a photo of Andrew Gordon, the artist, with the crozier he designed and made.

Source of photos: Luci Harrison Photography


God Speaks From The Bible

Lectionary readings

In worship, we conclude reading from and listening to the Bible with the declaration that this is “The Word of the Lord”, or “Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.” The Reformation heritage has that God speaks to individuals (and communities) through the Bible. But again and again I see pastors, worship leaders,…


What is Liturgy?


Too often I get the impression that when people think of, hear, or use the word ‘liturgy’, what springs to mind are: lavish processions, a robed choir, incense, reciting texts together from a book (or a screen). So you end up with people saying, “Our church is not very liturgical.” Or, “We don’t use liturgy…


Amending the Baptism Rite – Now What?

hand in water

This blog post looks at the NZ baptism rite, and what General Synod wants to fix, and that the dioceses are not keen on its “solution” describes some of bigger problems with the rite gives my sketch for one way forward if a revision is being considered. You will find my first draft of a…


Websites of Note


Here are some websites worth a look. You might have others that you would recommend that you can add in the comments below. Dear Pope Francis A fascinating format for a blog – Kevin writes a daily letter addressed to Pope Francis. Dear Pope Francis began in June 2013. Unfortunately there has been a hiatus…


Article 20 – Against the Grain?

Grain in wood

XX. OF THE AUTHORITY OF THE CHURCH THE Church hath power to decree Rites or Ceremonies, and authority in Controversies of Faith: And yet it is not lawful for the Church to ordain any thing that is contrary to God’s Word written, neither may it so expound one place of Scripture, that it be repugnant…


Jesus Speaks Italian?

Pope Francis

Many people who travel notice different attitudes to the law – a Polish attitude to law, an English approach, a South American approach, a German approach, an Italian approach… Watch, in different countries, what people do if they are in a car and there’s a red light but no other car anywhere in sight… Similarly,…