Archbishop Brown Turei, the head of Te Pihopatanga (the Maori Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand), has appointed Bishop Te Kitohi Pikaahu as his Vicar-General.
Bishop Kito is Bishop of Te Tai Tokerau (the northern Maori tribal region), and a Vicar-General acts as a deputy and advisor to Archbishop Brown.
The appointment, which was effective from January this year, means Bishop Kito replaces Bishop John Gray as Vicar-General of Te Pihopatanga.
Bishop John remains Bishop of the Maori Anglican Diocese of Te Waipounamu (the South Island.)
The archbishops stand by the apology they issued last weekend, in relation to comments made by Bishop John regarding other faiths and ethnicities.
“The archbishops have already made a statement that is clear,” says Bishop Kito, “and we are talking with Bishop John in a way that is simply about care and collegiality.
“The church believes those conversations are best to take place behind closed doors, for the respect and mana of all concerned.”