The Anglican Archbishop of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, the Most Revd Brian Davis, announced his retirement this week. He will retire as Bishop of Wellington on 1 July 1997, and his resignation as Primate of the Anglican Church on Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia takes effect from the same date.
Archbishop Brian is at present recuperating following major surgery to remove a cancerous growth. He hopes to make a full recovery, and says that a lifestyle change would enhance this. He also says that he "is not the kind of person who can go happily on in a position of responsibility at less than full capacity." Uncertainty about his ability to cope, he says, would be destabilising for both the Diocese of Wellington and for the wider Church.
Brian Davis has been a bishop since 1980 when he was consecrated and installed as Bishop of Waikato. In 1986 he was chosen by General Synod, the governing body of the Church, to succeed Paul Reeves as Primate and Archbishop of New Zealand. In 1986 he was translated from Waikato to Wellington, and he was installed as Bishop of Wellington on 20 September 1986.
He has overseen major changes within the Church, including the adoption of a new Prayer Book in 1989 and the wholesale revision of the Church's Constitution in 1992. Internationally known for his innovative work in Christian initiation and support for lay ministry, he is one of 36 Primates - heads of regional churches - in the Anglican Communion.
He plans to retire to Napier with his wife and daughter, following farewells by the Church in the diocese and beyond.
Article from: Anglican Media Services New Zealand