Kiwi woman takes prestigious Archdeacon of Canterbury role

Auckland's Dean Jo Kelly-Moore is getting set to take up a position no Kiwi has ever held - the Archdeacon of Canterbury.

Reverend Jo Kelly Moore has spoken previously about the difficulties women face trying to break through the glass ceiling. Source: Seven Sharp

Ms Kelly-Moore has presided over some of New Zealand's most widely-seen funerals, including those of Sir Paul Holmes and, this year, Martin Crowe.

"In those situations I focus on a family who is grieving, and whether they are rock stars, world-famous sports people, whoever they are - they've lost someone they love," she said.

On September 11 it was announced that she will take up the prestigious new position in England within the Church of England.

Ms Kelly-Moore, a former lawyer, has been vocal of late about the need for "women all around to reach their potential" and she is the first person not from within the Church of England to hold her new role - plus, she's a woman.

She and her family are now finalising their passport preparations and getting ready to leave New Zealand for a whole new adventure.