Don Tamihere is the youngest man to be ordained the Bishop of Aotearoa, effectively making him the Māori head of the Anglican Church in New Zealand.

Hundreds of dignitaries, including the Māori King, gathered at Manutuke Marae over the weekend to witness the installation of Bishop Don Tamihere become Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa and Polynesia.

Tamihere describes the position as important to Māoridom and his main duty to be as a shepherd to oversee the people.

“Kore taku whakaaro me kawea tēnei tūranga tonu. He mea tapu, he mea manaaki i te iwi. He mea whai whakaaro mā te iwi he mea kawe i te rongopai ki te ao katoa.”

He also says the day was superb.

“Kī tonu taku ngākau i te tuatahi te aroha ki tō tātou Atua mō ana manaakitanga kua tau ki runga i tēnei hui o tātou. Kī tonu hoki tōku ngakau i te aroha ki ngā iwi katoa e whāiti mai nei ki te whakanui i tēnei hui.”

No doubt the people will see the fruits of his work.

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