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Celebrations as Tonga’s first bishop symbolises “a bird that has begun to fly”

The first constitutional bishop for the Pacific island nation of Tonga is its third bishop since Anglican missionary Alfred Willis arrived in 1902.

19 September 2017

Easter Message from Primates of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia

An Easter Message from the Archbishops of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, Winston Halapua and Philip Richardson.

13 April 2017

Primates’ Christmas Message: Archbishop Philip Richardson

A Christmas message on behalf of the three Primates of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, Archbishop Philip Richardson.

22 December 2016

Maori Archbishop to retire in March 2017

The oldest Primate in the Anglican Communion, Archbishop William Brown Turei of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia, will retire at the end of March 2017.

23 August 2016

Inquiry call into forced adoptions

The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia had admitted its involvement in forced adoptions in the 20th Century.

05 August 2016

Refugee quota increase "shames New Zealand" says Archbishop

Archbishop Philip Richardson criticises a New Zealand government announcement that it will increase its annual quota of refugees from 750 to 1,000.

13 June 2016

New Zealand churches open new unity dialogue

Leaders of Anglican, Methodist and Roman Catholic churches in New Zealand have launched a new platform for conversation and work together, to be known as the National Dialogue for Christian Unity (NDCU).

07 March 2016

New Zealand archbishops call for refugee increase

New Zealand’s two archbishops have called for a “more generous” approach to refugees and a “substantial increase” on the quota for the country’s refugee intake. They are also calling for “extra pathways” for refugees to enter New Zealand.

26 February 2016

Waitangi Day demonstrates "growing confidence in our nation"

Church services have been held to mark Waitangi Day – the anniversary of the Treaty of Waitangi. The Treaty is the founding document of New Zealand in which the indigenous Māori people of the islands ceded sovereignty to the British Crown. 

09 February 2016

New Zealand Primate visits Myanmar's Family Gathering

Archbishop Philip Richardson, one of the Primates of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia with responsibility for the seven tikanga Pakeha Dioceses, called in at the third “Anglican Family Gathering” of the Church of the Province of Myanmar on his way to this week’s Primates Meeting.

11 January 2016


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The Primates’ Meeting 2017: in-depth coverage

Follow ACNS’ in-depth coverage of the 2-6 October Primates’ Meeting, in Canterbury Cathedral, England, the mother church of the Anglican Communion.

Celebrations as Sudan becomes Anglican Communion’s 39th province

All Saints Cathedral in Khartoum was the setting for joyous celebrations as Sudan became the newest province of the Anglican Communion.