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The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealandmarker and Polynesia is a church of the Anglican Communion serving New Zealand, Fijimarker, Tongamarker, Samoamarker, and the Cook Islandsmarker. The primate of the church, known as the Archbishop of New Zealand, is William Brown Turei.

Since 1992, the church (formerly known as the Church of the Province of New Zealand) has consisted of three tikanga or cultural streams: Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia. The church's constitution says that, among other things, it is required to "maintain the right of every person to choose any particular cultural expression of the faith". As a result the church's General Synod has agreed upon the development of the three-person primacy based on this three tikanga system. This sees Turei sharing the primacy with Bishops David Moxon and Jabez Bryce.


Te Pīhopatanga o Aotearoa, which Turei also serves as archbishop or co-presiding bishop, oversees churches for the indigenous Māori people of New Zealand. Aotearoa is made up of five hui amorangi or regional bishopric:

New Zealand

The tikanga of New Zealand, which serves Pākehā in New Zealand, is made up of seven dioceses:
Distribution of Anglican population within New Zealand at the 2001 census.

Formerly, the Dioceses in New Zealand were led by a senior bishop elected from among the diocesan bishops. However, as the church moves towards a three-person primacy, the leader of the Dioceses in New Zealand is elected as co-presiding bishop, and styled as an archbishop. The current Pākehā co-presiding bishop is David Moxon, Bishop of Waikato.


The Diocese of Polynesia, or the Tikanga Pasefika, headed by Bishop Jabez Leslie Bryce, serves Anglicans in Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, and the Cook Islands. The diocese's first bishop was consecrated in 1908. The diocese's cathedral is Holy Trinity Cathedral in Suvamarker, Fijimarker. As the province moves towards a three-person primacy, the Bishop of Polynesia is automatically a co-presiding bishop and styled as an archbishop. The Bishop of Polynesia is currently supported by three suffragan bishops: Bishop Winston Halapua heads the ministry to Polynesians in New Zealand, Bishop Apimeleki Nadoki Qiliho serves Vanua Levumarker and Taveunimarker, and Bishop Gabriel Sharma serves Viti Levumarker West.

Theological training

Residential theological training is carried out primarily at St John's College, Auckland, which is also organised according to the three tikanga approach.

Theological training was formerly carried out by College House in Christchurchmarker, but over time College House has become secularised as a hall of residence of the near-by University of Canterburymarker. While it still falls under the jurisdiction of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurchmarker and has the extensive theological holdings in its library, it no longer trains ordinands.

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