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Bishop's News February 2015 

Greetings Family 

I hope the New Year finds you relaxed and recharged. Jenny and our family tramped the Heaphy Track in early January and I was again impacted by the beauty of our country. Actually, I must confess the Heaphy Track seems a long time ago as the Diocese launches into another year of mission.    |  Bishop's News February 2015  >

Bishop's News December 2014

Greetings Friends

200 years ago in Oihi Samuel Marsden preached the first sermon in New Zealand; joining with the angels in the Christmas story to proclaim "I bring you glad tidings of great joy" (Luke 2:10). 

What is this "glad tidings"? 

That God's Kingdom is breaking into our world.    |   Bishop's News December 14  >

Bishop's News November 2014

Greetings Friends

This Saturday (22 November) is our yearly Ordination Service at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul at 2.00pm. Fourteen people will be ordained, including Reverend James Vinod who will be ordained as a priest in the Diocese of Polynesia. So it is my great pleasure to share this year's Ordination Service with Archbishop Winston Halapua. In our tradition we recognise three Holy Orders, Deacon, Priest and Bishop. As a Bishop, I find along with the Confirmation Services, ordination to be the most humbling and privileged role I have. To set aside people as they make the most deep and profound vows:  |   Bishop's News November 14  >

Bishop's News October 2014

Greetings Friends

I sit in my office basking in the spring sun – with a deep sense of gratitude for all we have been given.

For the last few months the morning Lectionary readings have had us journeying through the Book of Acts. Today's reading follows Paul on a difficult sea voyage where catastrophe seems imminent. Over the last few months in Acts we consistently see the rhythm of struggle and adversity, and God's miraculous provision and ultimately God's Kingdom expanding in the early Church.   |   Bishop's News October 14  >

Bishop's News September 2014

Greetings Friends

I write to you after a tiring but great Synod. 
There were many highlights including the Synod Eucharist and Reverend Ellie Sanderson's leadership as Synod Chaplain each day. Over Synod we reminded ourselves of our three Diocesan priorities for this year: Inequality particularly child poverty, Biculturalism and Discipleship. 

We have done some great work on these this year together. It was wonderful to see motions passed reflecting a deeper and practical commitment to reducing child poverty in particular, and strengthening our biculturalism.   |  Bishop's News September 14  >

Bishop's News August 2014


Last week I was privileged to travel to Auckland and join with hundreds of Anglicans in meeting Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury. Many of us gathered in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for evening prayers and then share a meal next door at Tatai Hono Marae. This was an amazing occasion and a chance to hear Archbishop Justin Welby speak. 

The Archbishop made a comment about God's and the Church's "mission to speak up alongside the poor." This reminded me of the other day; a Parishioner was struggling to understand what I mean when I say a "Church for the lost, last and least." Do I mean that there is no place for those who are well off in God's Church?  |   Bishop's News August 14  >

Bishop's News July 2014

Hi friends

I am back! Jenny and I have just finished the Camino de Santiago across Spain – over 30 days on pilgrimage. We averaged walking 27km and on our longest day we walked a marathon. It was a wonderful time of prayer, reflection, beauty and fellowship.  |   Bishop's News July 14  >

Bishop's News May 2014

Greetings friends from a beautiful autumn day in the Capital 

I thought it timely to write a short note post-Easter. I find the Anglican Church at its best over this Season. On Friday morning I sneaked in the back of the Cathedral for the Shadows service – a service that allowed those of us present to sit and reflect on the death of our Saviour and the journey to the cross. It is important to live in the full Easter story of Jesus on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  |   Bishop's News May 14 >

Bishop's News March 2014


I am still buzzing from the Diocesan Hui/Picnic – 460 people gathered to share and learn off each other. We worshipped, prayed and encouraged each other. It was a great day. It was a privilege to see so many Diocesan people in one place excited by the mission of God. I commented on the day that calling the event a "picnic" was incredibly relevant. We spent the day talking to each other about what was happening across the Diocese, as we listened we "picked' the things we liked. Then we were encouraged to "nick" them and take them back home to resource our Mission Units.  |  Bishop's News Mar 14  >

Bishop's News February 2014

Kia ora koutou – greetings from Wellington on this most stunning and sunny day!

A dramatic difference from where I was a week ago. I was privileged to spend a week at Canterbury Cathedral attending Bishop's School, and unfortunately while I was there England was experiencing massive flooding. I joined with 25 other fresh Bishops from the global Communion to learn together and to share our experiences. Obviously the week was a rich time, and the good news is I can reassure you all that now that I have been to Bishop's School I know exactly what I am doing – yeah right!   |  Bishop's News Feb 14  >

Bishop's News 2013

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Recent News Articles

  • Bishop Justin announces New Dean of the Cathedral of St Paul, Wellington.  
  • Recently Bishop Justin was interviewed by The Dominion Post - here is her article. 
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Bishop Justin Duckworth

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No reira waiho ko te aroha o Te Matua Kaha Rawa hei korowai mou.
May the love of Almighty God enfold you!