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Visit to New Zealand by the Archbishop of York

Archbishop at Question Time (Rob Tucker)

Friday 28th February 2014

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, is to visit New Zealand from 9 to 29 March 2014 for a time of study and public engagements.


The Archbishop, with his wife Margaret Sentamu, will be based in Dunedin at the University of Otago as the Harold Turner Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Theology and Public Issues.  The Archbishop will present keynote addresses at the symposium entitled, ‘Poverty, Global and Local’ on 17 March 2014.

Archbishop Sentamu is also to visit New Plymouth, Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland as the Anglican Church prepares to celebrate the bi-centennial of the beginnings of the Christian gospel in Aotearoa, New Zealand.  Dr Sentamu will also join the 3 Tikanga Youth Synod.

The Archbishop of York will renew connections at St Mary’s Cathedral in Taranaki where he attended its consecration as a Cathedral in 2010. Then, Dr Sentamu spoke passionately about Maori and Pakeha relationships and the need for reconciliation. On this visit,  the Archbishop will attend the liturgical welcome for the 7th Bishop of Waikato, the Rt Rev’d Dr Helen-Ann Hartley.

Speaking ahead of his visit the Archbishop of York said: “During my last visit to New Zealand, I was deeply moved by the traditional welcome of hongi in which the breath of life from God is shared, and our common humanity is affirmed.  I am greatly looking forward to returning to New Zealand, for this opportunity to study, worship and witness together.”

Archbishop of the New Zealand Dioceses, Philip Richardson, says the work and leadership of Archbishop Sentamu brings passion to issues facing societies across the globe including inequality, indigenous rights, and the need to provide for the younger generations.

“His visit is a taonga to us as it was last time when he attended the tangi of Sir Paul Reeves. I look forward to the engagement Archbishop Sentamu and Margaret will bring to issues that face us as society and as a church in Aotearoa, New Zealand as we strive for the common good for all.”

The Bishop of Dunedin is doing a pilgrimage throughout Otago and Southland to mark 200 years of the gospel in New Zealand.  Archbishop Sentamu will join Bishop Kelvin Wright for a day of that journey. The Archbishop will also meet with Anglican youth who will be gathered in Wellington for a conference. 

Public engagements:

Sunday 9th March

New Plymouth:   Welcome to the 7th Bishop of Waikato at St Mary’s Cathedral, 4pm.

Monday 17th March

Dunedin: Symposium  Poverty - Global and Local,  Public Conversation on wider issues 5pm

Saturday 22nd March

Queenstown:  Joining the Bishop of Dunedin on pilgrimage through Otago and Southland marking the  bi-centennial of the Christian Gospel in NZ

Thursday 27th March                       

Visit to Christchurch

Saturday 29th March                        

Visit to Auckland for a service at Holy Trinity Cathedral marking its progress towards its completion project and the bi-centennial.


Media inquiries on the New Zeland visit to: The Rev’d Jayson Rhodes at the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia at tel (+64) 021 661319



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