'It's a good thing' - Auckland Anglican vicar welcomes vote for same-sex blessings

The Anglican Church in New Zealand is a step closer to recognising same-sex relationships, after a clear majority of bishops voted to allow blessings for couples.

But there's criticism the ruling doesn't yet extend to allowing same-sex marriage.

"Some people see it as being crumbs at the table," says Reverend Helen Jacobi of St Matthew in the City.

"But I guess the pragmatics amongst us also see it as being a first step, so we've got to work with it. But being very clear that we're going to keep on working towards marriage."

Not everyone in the church agreed with the change, with two members of the general synod resigning over the vote.

Reverend Helen Jacobi of St Matthew in the City sees it as a first step towards same-sex marriages in NZ Anglican churches. Source: 1 NEWS