Te Hui Amorangi o Te Upoko o Te Ika – the Māori Anglican Bishopric of the southern region of the North Island – has announced they will hold an Electoral College to discern who will become the next Bishop of Upoko o Te Ika.
The Electoral College for Te Upoko o Te Ika will take place over the Friday and Saturday of 5-6 April 2019 at Ōwae Marae at Waitara in Taranaki.
A pōwhiri will be held for delegates and guests at Ōwae Marae at 4pm on Friday 5 April. The Electoral College will convene at 8pm after evening karakia at 7pm.
Seven candidates for Bishop of Te Upoko o Te Ika have been nominated and the Hui Amorangi have decided to make their names known. They are as follows:
The Reverend Cecilia Diana Rooderkirk
The Reverend Canon Major Darren O’Callaghan
The Venerable Donald Morris Rangi
The Reverend Dr Wayne (Rangi) Nicholson
The Venerable Waitohiariki Quayle
The Venerable Wiremu (Bill) Tūtepuaki Kaua
The Venerable Tieki (Jack) Faenza Kaa
Archbishop Don Tamihere will preside at the Electoral College and Archbishop Philip Richardson will serve as its chaplain.
Archbishop Don has encouraged Anglicans around the province to pray for the Electoral College using the following prayer in Māori or English:
E te Atua o te aroha
E kōrerotia ana e ngā rangi i tōu korōria,
E whakaaturia ana e te kikorangi i ōu mahi tohu katoa,
Kia tau ki te whānau a Te Hui Amorangi o Te Upoko o Te Ika
ko tōu atawhai me tōu rangimārie
Kia tūtuki i a rātou mahi tapu i runga i tōu aroha,
Ki tāhau e pai ai
Ko Ihu Karaiti hoki tō mātou Ariki,
God of love
The heavens speak of your glory
The skies above proclaim your salvation
May your grace and peace be upon Te Hui Amorangi o Te Upoko o Te Ika
that their sacred task would be fulfilled in your love
and according to your will
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
The next Bishop of Te Upoko o Te Ika will succeed Bishop Muru Walters who retired in 2018 after 25 years service as Bishop of Te Upoko o Te Ika.