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The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

Daily Prayer - Day 19 (from 'Partners in Prayer')

Day 19

The Bishop of Auckland, the Rt Rev Ross Bay,
holds up the consecration deed for Holy Trinity
Cathedral. The service was in three languages,
Maori, Tongan and English.
© Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland, 2017.

The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
Psalm 118.22


Today we pray for the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. We remember especially –

  • the Most Rev Winston Halapua, Bishop of Polynesia and Primate and Archbishop of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia
  • the Most Rev Philip Richardson, Bishop of Taranaki Primate and Archbishop of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia
  • the Rev Michael Hughes, General Secretary, and the diocesan secretaries
  • the Diocese of Christchurch as it continues to recover after the earthquakes
  • the Diocese of Polynesia as its communities deal with climate change

Lord Jesus Christ, the headstone in the corner, we give you thanks for our partner, the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. May the Church proclaim your mercy and love for all in the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’ and around the Pacific Islands. This we ask through you who, with the Father and the Spirit, reign One God in Three persons for ever and ever. Amen.


Church life in New Zealand and Polynesia is marked by the three-Tikanga constitution, which recognizes the three cultural strands in the Church, namely the Maori, Polynesian and settler cultures. Recently, the Church has played an important role in raising asylum-seeker issues, and the resettling of refugees into communities. On 28 October 2017 Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland, was finally consecrated. The cathedral is built on the Parnell site purchased by Bishop George Augustus Selwyn in 1843, one hundred and seventy-five years ago, and it signifies completion of the work begun when the foundation stone was laid sixty-one years earlier in 1957.

Australian Cycle of Prayer
The Diocese of Perth
Bishop Kate Wilmot, (Administrator), clergy and people