On Thursday Clemency and I will be leaving to travel by road to the Bay of Islands. We will be participating in the services to be held on Sunday the 21st and on Christmas Day to mark the 200th anniversary of the landing of Samuel Marsden in New Zealand. This marks the last leg of our diocesan pilgrimage, and, as a visible reminder of the people of the South, I will take with me Te Harinui, the staff I carried from Stewart Island to the Waitaki River.

The Rev’d Canon Richard Johnson has been appointed as Regional Dean of Murihiku. The new regional deanery has in fact been operating for over a year, and Richard’s appointment is an official recognition of a ministry arrangement that is proving very productive. The parishes making up the new regional deanery are St. John’s Invercargill, Gladstone and Winton. It is possible that other parishes may join the regional deanery at some time in the future.

The Rev’d Canon Hugh Bowron has been appointed Deputy Vicar General. He replaces in the role the Very Rev’d Trevor James who is currently incapacitated during a period in which I will be absent from the diocese on two occasions.

At the suggestion of the Anglican Board of Missions our diocese has entered a new partner diocese arrangement with the Diocese of Banks and Torres in Vanuatu in the Diocese of Melanesia. This arrangement is in addition to the partnerships we have with Eastern Zambia and Edinburgh. I am hopeful that the more convenient geographic proximity of Banks and Torres may enable a closer working  relationship than we have managed with our other two partners. I will be travelling to Banks and Torres early in the new year to meet Bishop Patteson Worek and begin the conversation about how our dioceses might work together. Banks and Torres is the smallest and probably the least resourced diocese in Melanesia.

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