The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia has come a long way!
A Kenyan, Steve Maina, was ordained and installed as Bishop of Nelson, and then the first Māori woman to be ordained a bishop, Waitohiariki Quayle, became Pīhopa o Te Upoko o Te Ika (in fact, she is also the first New-Zealand-born woman to be made a bishop in this province; NZ-born Denise Ferguson was made a bishop in July in Adelaide).
Diversity in leadership reflects and hopefully encourages diversity and catholicity in our church. There is also, in both these ordinations, a stronger connection being made beyond cathedral walls. Bishop Steve led a throng of people into Nelson’s Main Street. For Pīhopa Waitohiariki, the pōwhiri and ordination service was at Anglican school, Rathkeale College, and six marquees were needed to welcome the crowd.