A Vicar General is the principal deputy of the Bishop of a diocese for the exercise of administrative authority. They are appointed by the Bishop of the diocese and act, with delegated authority, on behalf of the Bishop (in all administrative duties associated with the office of Bishop) only in the Bishop's absence from the diocese.
The Vicar General is not authorised to carry out any of the sacramental tasks associated with the office of Bishop. A diocesan Bishop must appoint a Vicar General for their diocese and in some cases they also appoint a Deputy Vicar General. The office of a Vicar General and Deputy Vicar General expires with the death, resignation or retirement of the diocesan Bishop.
The Vicar General for the Anglican Diocese of Wellington is Archdeacon Julie Rokotakala.
Updated January 2018