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St John’s reviewers report back

The Archbishops of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia have received the report of findings and recommendations of an independent review into the culture of the College of St John the Evangelist today.

Taonga News  |  09 Aug 2021

Archbishop Don Tamihere and Archbishop Philip Richardson received the report of an independent review into the culture of St John’s Theological College in Meadowbank, Tamaki-makaurau Auckland today.

The Archbishops notified College stakeholders and the wider Church in a letter this morning, which follows in full below.

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Kei a koutou e te whanau o Te Kāreti a Hoani Tapu me Te Hāhi Mihinare puta noa, he mihi i runga i te Ingoa o to tatou Ariki a Ihu Karaiti.

To the community of St John’s College and to the wider Anglican Church, our greetings in the name of Christ Jesus. 

This morning Monday 9 August 2021 we received the Report “Arotakenga Motuhake Nō Te Ahurea O Te Kāreti O Hoani Tapu Mō Ngā Take O Te Whakapono Karaitiana / Independent Review of the Culture of St Johns Theological College” prepared by Miriam Dean QC, Doug Martin and Nura Taefi. We are very grateful for the careful and highly skilled work of Miriam and her team. 

This is the first time that we have seen the report, and we will need to take time to study the report before making further comment. We have already forwarded copies of the report to the Chairs of The St John’s College Trust Board, Te Kotahitanga, and Te Kaunihera. In addition a copy has gone to the Manukura of the College and to a student representative. We have also sent copies to each Bishop in our Province, and to every member of the General Synod Standing Committee. 

The report is strictly embargoed until 12pm on Wednesday 11 August 2021, at which point the full report will be made public. 

Archbishop Philip Richardson
Archbishop Donald Tamihere