First female Māori bishop to lead Te Upoko o Te Ika

First female Māori bishop to lead Te Upoko o Te Ika

From: Anglican Taonga

The Archbishops of the Anglican Church have announced that the Archdeacon of Wairarapa in Tikanga Māori, the Ven Waitohiariki Quayle, has been elected Bishop of Upoko o Te Ika, to serve as shepherd to the Māori Anglican bishopric of the lower North Island.

“Archdeacon Wai’s election is a very significant moment for our Church, and I believe for Māoridom as a whole.” said Archbishop Don Tamihere as he announced Wai Quayle’s election alongside Archbishop Philip Richardson and Archbishop Fereimi Cama today.

“We’ve waited far too long for our Church to elect a Māori woman as a Bishop, and to finally have that happen brings us incredible joy.”

“Bishop-elect Waitohiariki becomes not only the first Māori woman to be elected bishop, but the first Aotearoa New Zealand-born woman to be chosen to serve as bishop in any Tikanga.” he said.

In a press release from our movement, we stated that Bishop Eleanor 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.”