Tairāwhiti's Anglican Bishop Don Tamihere is Māoridom's youngest bishop to be chosen as the head of the Māori Anglican Church.

While the official instalment ceremony for the senior posting as Te Pihopa o Aotearoa will take place later on this month he took part in an Easter service at Gisborne's Holy Trinity Church.

He is the new Archbishop of the Anglican Church in New Zealand and Polynesia. He is lso the Bishop for Tairāwhiti.

“Kua kōrerohia e au he tino hōnore tēnei, nā ngā kuia ngā koroua ngā pāpā, ngā kōkā, i roto i tēnei hāhi kua whakaingoā ko ahau. I muri nei i ngā tapuwae a Wiremu Paraone ma, koinei te tino take, nā te iwi i whakamana i whakaae ki tēnei pepi kia ruku i tēnei mahi.”

Tamihere says when the gospel came to the East Coast, it resonated with Māoridom.

“He māmā te noho te whakapono ki te ao Māori, ko te aroha te aroha, ko te manaaki te manaaki, ko te hohourongo te houhourongo, ko te rangimārie te rangimārie, kāre ēnei mea he mea rerekē ki ngā mea mana ki ngā mea nui ki tō te Māori e whakaaro ai.”

Easter is a very important time for the religion.

This is where the source of where the gospel is derived from, through Christ's death on the cross and his resurrection.

Tamihere also says faith is so important for him and his main objective is to be compassionate.

“Kia whakaatu i te aroha, kia mahi ngā mahi hei whakarau oranga, kia akiaki, kia poipoi kia whakaohoho, kia whakamānawa, me te iwi katoa i runga i ngā kōrero a Te Karaiti kia aroha koutou, kia aroha koutou ki tētahi ki tētahi.”

Although there are fewer people attending church services, Tamihere’s advice is that Māori should stay close to their taha wairua.

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