We are looking forward to our inspiring family festival celebration on Saturday the 17th of November, 2018 at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul as we celebrate our Ordination Service and Diocesan Hui.  This day is our opportunity for everyone to come together as diocesan family to celebrate the ordination of those responding to God’s call to be the gatherers of the faith community; and to celebrate how God has been answering our prayers with and through us over the last five years, transforming us and our local communities as we partner with Him.


It really is open to everyone – and we know that when you come, you’ll go back to your community full of appreciation of God’s goodness, and excitement for the opportunities to be a blessing and to make a difference.  So we encourage all – from Ruapehu to Seatoun, leaders and parishioners, young and old will to come together, learn together, and continue to build the bond of family.

We’ll update you on how the day will run as we get closer to the event.  Please pray for Bishop Justin, Bishop Eleanor, all the ordinands and their families, and all diocesan personnel involved in the discernment and ordination process.

Lunch arrangements

In addition to having food and barista-made coffee available for purchase, you’re welcome to bring your own picnic, and we encourage you to bring food to share at the “banqueting table” – an opportunity for us to gather together and ensure everyone is nourished and taken care of.  See below for more details on the banquetting table.

This year’s stallholders: what’s on offer?

This year we are looking forward to a fantastic selection of stalls, filled with stories and information about God’s goodness in our diocese this year.  Stay tuned here as we confirm details closer to the event.

Harvest Banqueting Table

We invite all parishioners to bring a plate of food of your specialty (pre-plated and wrapped) to contribute to the banqueting table.  We’d love to bless each other by sharing of our bounty and gifts in this way.  Food can be dropped off to the Loaves and Fishes Hall before the ordination, or placed directly on the table after the ordination.

To be announced.

Location: Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, Cnr Hill and Molesworth Streets, Thorndon, Wellington

Car parking:

The Cathedral’s main car park on Hill Street will be partially closed for use during the hui, and what remains will be used for pre-arranged disability and elderly parking.  If you would like to reserve a spot in this car parking area, please contact Ian Raistrick at the Cathedral on ian@wellingtoncathedral.org.nz.

There is some paid car parking available behind the Cathedral.  Immediately past the Cathedral on Molesworth St, the building that was an earthquake risk last year has been demolished and is currently a parking lot.  Just past this property, turn left up Collina Terrace (look out for the Coffix coffee cart) to go behind this parking lot, and there are some more paid parking spaces up the hill.

On-street parking is available in the area, and is free on Saturdays, but has a time limit of two hours.  Beware that some spaces are reserved for residents with permits, so take heed of the signage at each parking space.

If you plan to bring a van or bus,  please contact Ian at the Cathedral on ian@wellingtoncathedral.org.nz so he can help you find parking.

You can also download this map showing the parking areas as mentioned above.

Because of the scarcity of parks, we highly encourage car-pooling, or better yet, use public transport.

Public transport:

If you’re coming from outside the Wellington region, you can park for free at any of the numerous park and ride facilities at train stations around the region, then it’s just a relaxing train or bus ride into the CBD and a 8 minute stroll up the hill to the Cathedral.  If you’re coming from within the region, please take public transport where you can, so parking spaces are available for our diocesan family from further afield.

Visit the Metlink journey planner, enter “Wellington Cathedral of St Paul” as your destination and your address as your origin, choose “Arrive by 10:00am” and find out what options you have for public transport to get to the Cathedral.

Closer to the time, we’ll add some resources here for parishes to use to promote the event.

Clergy are asked to robe in alb and red stole for the Ordination service.

PTO (Permission to Officiate), PTM (Permission to Minister) and Retired Clergy:

PTO, PTM and retired clergy who wish to robe, process and be seated with the other clergy, please email Ian at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul on ian@wellingtoncathedral.org.nz to this effect, so that sufficient seating may be arranged.  We kindly ask parish leaders to check with their retired clergy who may not be on email to ensure they receive this information, thank you.


Bishop Eleanor asks for as many Wardens as possible to be part of the procession at the Ordination service.  Wardens are asked to form up outside the glass doors of the Cathedral (in the portico) at 9:50am ready to process.  You will process behind the verger but before the clergy.  You are not required to bring your “wands.”

Eucharist arrangements:

At the Eucharist at 1:30pm, only the choir, servers, Bishop, assisting clergy and newly ordained clergy will process. Diocesan clergy and lay canons do not need to robe for the Eucharist and are invited to find a seat with the rest of the congregation – either in the Chancel or in the nave.

Robing Venues and Times:

To be announced.

Seating for those with limited mobility:

If anyone would like seating for those with disabilities or for wheelchair spaces to be reserved, please email Ian at the Cathedral on ian@wellingtoncathedral.org.nz so sufficient seating can be arranged.

Thanks for doing a stall at the Hui. This will either be:

  • a “traditional style” stall comprising a table with a couple of chairs behind it (in one of various locations around the open area at the back of the nave nearest the front entrance doors (and in the foyer itself), or,
  • a wall display/pop up type of stall in one of the side aisles of the nave.

Which type you get will accord with our discussions about it, or for those of you that have kindly given us that option, what we choose for you! If we haven’t heard from you yet, please contact Paul on 027 422 5934 or paul@wn.ang.org.nz to discuss your requirements asap!

Set up

Because of timing constraints on Saturday morning, we encourage everyone to do your stall setup on the Friday if possible (particularly if you are having a “traditional style” stall). There are 2 options:

  • Friday 3pm – 5 pm (ordination rehearsal starts at 5 pm!), or
  • Friday 6 pm till about 8 pm (if you come at 6 pm you will get fish and chips!)

If you can’t make it on Friday, you will be able to set up from 8.00 am on Saturday but please note this must be completely finished by 9.15 am at the latest (this will be strictly enforced).

Display stand

We have invested in some clever cardboard display stands (actually we got them free! see picture below – yes that is Paul doing the modelling, if you don’t know what he looks like!) and you will have one to use. The display board is 90 cm by 70 cm, and you can put anything you like on it, but please include something with large text that says who you are and what your stall is about.


If you have told us you need access to an electric point, our plan is to position you near to one.


Parking on Saturday will be at a premium – click on the “Getting There” tab for full information). If you do need to drop stuff off by car on Saturday, please contact Paul on 027 422 5934 or paul@wn.ang.org.nz to discuss this before the day.


The Hui part of the event will be from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm. Please arrange to have someone at your stall throughout that time.


Any questions please feel free to ring Paul on 027 422 5934.

Thanks again for running a stall!

We need a wonderful crew of friendly and/or strong and/or flexible ‘can do’ servers to help with the following:

  • Set up (night before),
  • Practical help on the day (from environmental changes to serving tea and coffee and everything in-between)
  • Pack down at end of the day.

We’d love to welcome you to the team!  Please contact Paul on paul@wn.ang.org.nz.