First female Maori bishop to lead Te Upoko o Te Ika

9 May 2019

The Archbishops of the Anglican Church have announced that the Archdeacon of Wairarapa in Tikanga Maori, the Ven Waitohiariki Quayle, has been elected Bishop of Upoko o Te Ika, to serve as shepherd to the Maori Anglican bishopric of the lower North Island. Archbishop Don Tamihere said “Bishop-elect Waitohiariki becomes not only the first Maori woman to be elected bishop, but the first Aotearoa New Zealand-born woman to be chosen to serve as bishop in any Tikanga.”

Bishop Eleanor of Wellington was the signatory witness to Bishop-elect Wai as she signed the official declarations and acceptance of her new role.  The statement quoted Bishop Eleanor as saying: “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.” (see more in Anglican Movement, Wellington Diocese E-news article)

Read also the announcement in Anglican Taonga news