Jay Ruka and Jacqui Paterson to be joint Deans of Taranaki Cathedral

Archbishop Philip Richardson and Bishop Waitohiariki Quayle have announced that Jacqui Paterson and Jay Ruka will become joint Deans of Taranaki Cathedral. Jay Ruka was a speaker at last year’s Ministry Leaders’ Family Camp, and will join us again at Training Day in March 2020. This joint appointment is new in our Church, as Taranaki Cathedral continues its commitment to Treaty-based, Gospel-shaped relationships. Below is the announcement from the bishops:

“Kia whai korōria ki te Atua i runga rawa, kia mau te rongo ki runga ki te whenua, me te whakaaro pai ki ngā tāngata katoa.” Ruka 2:14

Ko Taranaki maunga e karanga atu nei naumai whakatau mai, whakakīa tēnei tūranga rangatira o tā tātou Whare Karakia. Me pēnei te kōrero haere ngā mate, haere ngā mihi, haere te kaupapa e tū nei tīhei mauriora.

Consecrated as a Church in 1864 serving both Māori and Pākehā, and as we approach the 10th anniversary of the consecration of Taranaki Cathedral, it is with delight that we announce the appointment of Jacqui Paterson and Jay Ruka as joint Deans of Taranaki Cathedral. Jacqui will also serve as Archdeacon of Parininihi and Jay will also serve as the establishment Director of the Paul Reeves Education Centre.

This joint appointment reflects the commitment of Taranaki Cathedral to the journey of reconciliation and to being a centre of leadership for both Te Hui Amorangi o Te Upoko o Te Ika and for the Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki.

As Bishops we know that Treaty-based, Gospel shaped relationships are a deep intergenerational commitment of our Church and that Taranaki Cathedral has an important part to play in leading us all on this journey.

As Bishops we want to walk humbly and care-fully with each other and we call on all our people to join us. We welcome Jacqui and Jay into this shared leadership with us in Taranaki. Along with the other members of the Cathedral team we have confidence that Taranaki Cathedral will be well placed to embrace the opportunities that lie ahead.

More details of this appointment, which will be unique in this Church, will be shared in the near future. In the meantime please mark 11 am on Saturday April 4th into your diaries. Our special guest and preacher will be Te Pīhopa o Aotearoa, The Most Reverend Don Tamihere. We invite you to join us as we celebrate this renewed beginning.

Korōria ki te Atua!

Most Rev Philip Richardson, Bishop of Waikato and Taranaki; and Rt Rev Waitohiariki Quayle, Pīhopa o Te Upoko o Te Ika