Diocesan Elections and Appointments 2017

This year marks the Second Annual Session of our Diocesan Synod where elections are held and appointments are made to various Diocesan groups and committees.

The following groups are required to be elected at Synod:

  • General Synod
  • Board of Nomination
  • Nominations Panel

After consideration of the recommendations of the Nominations Panel, Diocesan Council, Revising Committee and Steering Committee are appointed at Synod.

The following groups will be appointed after Synod by Diocesan Council:

  • Bicultural Resource Sharing Allocation Committee
  • Clergy Welfare Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Professional Standards Committee
  • Riverslea Trust
  • Social Services and Community Development Board
  • Victoria University Chaplaincy Committee

Please prayerfully consider whether you or anyone you know has a call to serve on any of these groups.  More information about each group, and the contact person for that group, is below.

General Synod, Board of Nomination and Nominations Panel

The groups required to be elected at Synod for a two year term are General Synod, Board of Nomination and Nominations Panel.

General Synod comprises the Bishop, three clergy and four lay members.  Clergy only nominate and vote for clergy, and lay only nominate and vote for lay.  General Synod will next meet in New Plymouth in May 2018.  The General Synod meeting is preceded by the Inter Diocesan Conference (IDC) meeting.

Board of Nomination comprises the Bishop, two clergy and two lay members.  Clergy only nominate and vote for clergy, and lay only nominate and vote for lay.

Nominations Panel comprises the Bishop, two clergy and four lay members.  There is no restriction on nominations or voting.

All nominations for the above positions must be on the nomination form provided below, and must include the written consent of the nominee.

Nomination Form

Description of the Nominee – Standing Order I4(1) requires all nominators to submit a brief description of the qualifications of their nominees to Synod members before the elections take place at Synod.  Persons who are seeking to stand for election are asked to prepare a typed CV of no more than 100 words (CVs longer than this will be edited).  Please email the nomination forms and CVs to Karen@wn.ang.org.nz. or alternatively post to The Nominations Panel, P O Box 12046, Wellington 6144.

Nomination Forms and CVs must be received at the Anglican Centre by Wednesday 16 August 2017 to appear in the Synod Programme of Business Book

All Nominations close on Saturday 16 September 2017 at 3.00pm 

Elections will be held at Synod on Sunday 17 September 2017

Information on the Bodies Elected at Synod

General Synod/Te Hinota Whanui: the function of General Synod/Te Hinota Whanui is to order the life of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.  It is convened over the Presidency of the Primates to consider matters regarding to the Statutes and Canons of the church as well as resolutions relating to its mission and ministry, and society at large.

For further information, please contact Nick Young, Diocesan Manager on 04 72 1057 or email nick@wn.ang.org.nz.

Board of Nomination: the responsibility of the Board is to consider applicants and/or persons suitable for vacancies within the Anglican Diocese of Wellington, to make nominations to the Bishop for action, and to continually reassess the ways in which this work is done.  The membership is made up of the Bishop, two clergy and two lay members.  Members are expected to have a good knowledge of clergy, both within and outside of the Diocese.  Currently the Board of Nomination meets monthly.  Meetings are usually held in the Bishop’s office at the Anglican Centre.

For further information, please contact Bishop Justin Duckworth on 04 472 1057 or email Justin@wn.ang.org.nz.

Nominations Panel: the primary function of the Nominations Panel is to recommend members for appointment to various Diocesan and other bodies as called upon by the appointment procedures for those other bodies.  The Nominations Panel must actively seek to build a pool of people to serve God’s wider mission in the Diocese and consider formal nominations for Diocesan appointments.  Members should have strong networks in the Diocese and the wider church, and also understand the functions and roles of the various Diocesan bodies.  The membership is made up of the Bishop, two clergy and four lay members.  A large amount of this work is done by email contact, and the Panel will only meet when necessary.

For further information please contact Bishop Justin Duckworth on 04 472 1057 or email Justin@wn.ang.org.nz.

Information on the Bodies Appointed at Synod

Diocesan Council: the primary function of Diocesan Council is to ensure the efficient administration of the affairs of the Diocese within the authority of Synod.  Diocesan Council provides for the overall governance of the Diocese between sessions of Synod, always seeking to ensure that the overarching values and direction set out in Synod are honoured and embraced.  Diocesan Council also ensures that the management and finance duties that are delegated are carried out appropriately.  Members need to be an Anglican of good standing in his/her mission unit, have an interest to serve within the multi-dimensional operation of the Diocese, and be committed, a good listener, be discreet, and be able to participate in discussion.  The membership is made up of the Bishop, four clergy and five lay members appointed by Synod after considering the recommendation of the Nominations Panel.  This is presented to Synod by way of motion and membership of Diocesan Council is for a two year period.

For further information, please contact Nick Young, Diocesan Manager on 04 72 1057 or email nick@wn.ang.org.nz.

Revising Committee: the function of the Revising Committee is to draft all the legal material which is presented to Synod in the form of Canons, Standing Resolutions or Standing Orders.  It advises those presenting such material, and ensures that there is no conflict with any other Canon or Act of the Anglican Church.

For further information, please contact Nick Young, Diocesan Manager on 04 72 1057 or email nick@wn.ang.org.nz.

Steering Committee: the function of the Steering Committee is to determine the Order Paper of Synod in the light of the business that Synod will, in any given session, be required to deal with.  Members are appointed at the second ordinary session of each Synod.  Members meet before Synod, at the end of each day of Synod, and at any other time when called upon to do so by the Bishop or the Diocesan Manager.

For further information, please contact Nick Young, Diocesan Manager on 04 72 1057 or email nick@wn.ang.org.nz.

Information on the Bodies Appointed by Diocesan Council after Synod

Bicultural Resource Sharing Allocation Committee: the BRSAC is a joint Tikanga Maori/Tikanga Pakeha committee responsible for allocating funds from some 10 Trusts which have been deemed shareable.  Members usually meet twice annually (October/November) to consider applications.  Decisions that require an earlier response are made through telephone or email contact.

For more information please contact Reverend Maurice Dagger, Chair, on 04 235 0125 or email  daggerfam@xtra.co.nz.

Clergy Welfare Committee: the primary task of this body is to provide support for and liaison with subscribers to the Clergy Pension Fund, and pensioners themselves.  Members monitor requests for financial assistance from any clergy and liaise directly with the Anglican Church Pension Board to provide this assistance.  The committee also encourages clergy to use the other services provided by the Pension Board.  Confidentiality is key to the work undertaken by the committee.  Communication between members is mostly by telephone and email.

For further information please contact Archdeacon Bernard Faull, Convenor, on 04 905 1054 or email bfaull@paradise.net.nz.

Finance Committee: has oversight of our Diocesan operational funds which are used for our Diocesan mission, ministry and management.  The committee also works together with mission units on financial matters.  We seek to have a wide range of skills and perspectives across the committee, including:

  • experience in financial management, but not necessarily an Accountant – not fazed by numbers though!
  • a good understanding of our Diocesan and mission unit finances
  • ability to apply a strategic perspective, including how our Diocesan finances align with our Bishop’s and Diocesan objectives
  • ability to grasp the details involved
  • able to effectively work with a wide range of people
  • ability to communicate on financial issues

Members meet approximately five times a year, usually over lunch at the Anglican Centre.  There is a 10 year limit on membership.

For further information please contact Archdeacon John Wilson, Chair, on 04 568 5309 or email Johngwilson00@gmail.com.

Professional Standards Committee: members have oversight in relation to professional standards, including matters relating to Title D of the Provincial Canons, and the Code of Conduct and Ethics.  Its role includes education of licensed persons, ordained and lay, with reference to the Code of Conduct and Ethics on matters of professional misconduct; hearing complaints of professional misconduct, arranging interviews with relevant parties and reporting back to the Bishop; support for contact persons; and publicity resources for parishes and mission units.  A wish list of qualities includes:

  • a feel for/sense of justice for the less powerful
  • aware of how people act/react under certain kinds of pressure
  • recognise the significance of boundaries in personal relationships
  • able to be objective/detached in an environment of strong emotion

Members meet as required, currently about twice a year.

For more information please contact Reverend Merv Jones, Chair, on 06 377 4709 or email talltiny@xtra.co.nz.

Riverslea Trust: this is a charitable trust open to funding applications once a year.  The trustees seek to fund programmes that inspire, challenge and develop Christian spirituality and leadership in young people.  People who have an interest in developing young people with a Christ-centred focus and have experience in finance are ideal.  The Board seeks to have between five and eight members balanced between clergy and lay.

For more information please contact Diana Langdon, Chair, on 027 532 9581 or email diana@strandz.org.nz.

Social Services and Community Development Board: the Board’s function is to promote social services and community development work in the Diocese.  It works with agencies and parishes throughout the Diocese, and has a coordinating, supporting and initiating role for new projects, promoting Diocesan-wide activities and considering applications for funding.  Members should either work in social agencies or have an interest and/or background in social work and community ministry.  The Board meets around four times a year.

For more information please contact Graeme Munford, Chair, on 06 356 7486 or email gmunford@across.org.nz.

Victoria University Chaplaincy Committee: the main purpose of the committee is to provide support and accountability to the work of the Anglican Chaplaincy among staff and students of Victoria University.  The committee generally meets monthly.

For more information please contact Reverend Mark Johnson on 04 463 5499 or email mark.a.Johnson@vuw.ac.nz.