Anglican General Synod

Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

Te Hahi Mihinare ki Aotearoa ki Niu Tireni, ki Nga Moutere o Te Moana Nui a Kiwa

Diocese of Nelson (click here for details)

Present Bishop

2007 ‑ The Right Reverend Victor Richard Ellena, BMus, LTh

PO Box 100, Nelson 7040

Telephone: Office 03 548 3124, Fax: 03 548 2125, Mob: 021 968 796



Jurisd ‑ N portion of the South Is of NZ and adjacent Is; Area, 36,231 sq miles; Census Pop: 165,432 (2013); Ch Pop: 22,695 (2013); Inc of See 1000 1 Description of Arms (Woodward) Or, a cross‑Calvary azure, on a canton the arms of Auckland.

Former Bishops

1858 ‑ E Hobhouse, 1864

1866 ‑ A B Suter, 1891

1892 ‑ C O Mules, 1912

1912 ‑ W C Sadlier, 1934

1934 ‑ W C Hilliard, 1940

1940 ‑ P W Stephenson, 1954

1954 ‑ F O Hulme‑Moir, 1965

1965 ‑ P E Sutton, 1990

1990 - D L Eaton, 2006

Vicar General

The Venerable Timothy F Mora, MTh (Hons 1st Class), NZCE

Christ Church Cathedral Dean

The Very Reverend M Hawke

PO Box 657, Nelson 7040

Chancellor of the Diocese

Mr J M Fitchett, LLB

Diocesan Executive Secretary and Registrar

Mrs A.A.Fraser, LLB, LLM (Hons)


The Anglican Centre

PO Box 100, Nelson, 7040, 48 Halifax Street, Nelson 7010

Tel: 03 548 3124, Fax: 03 548 2125




The Venerable Timothy F Mora, MTh (Hons 1st class), NZCE

Archdeacons Emeritus

The Venerable M C Welch Dip. CRS

The Venerable O C L Kimberley BCom.

The Venerable R E Barrett BSc (Hons) LTh (Hons)

The Venerable Robin P Kingston, BSc, LTh (Hons)

Regional Deans

Vacant - Waimea

The Reverend Capt Richard Dyer, ThA, Dip Ed - Marlborough

The Reverend Steven Wockner, BTh - Mawhera

The Reverend Y H Mclean, DipBibStud - Nelson


The Reverend Canon Dr S M Patterson, BA, BD, PhD

The Reverend Canon Dr G J O'Brien, PhD, MSc, BSc, BTh, MTh (Dist)

Lay Canons

Mr D F Allpress


Canons Emeritus

The Reverend Canon D A Braddock

The Reverend Canon B B Harford

The Reverend Canon W F Wilkens

The Reverend Canon D G Gribble

The Reverend Canon J V Neal

Lay Canons Emeritus

Mr J D Burrough

Miss J E McHardy

Mr R A Vining

Examining Chaplains

Mrs Mary Ellen O'Reilly

Mr David Allpress

Mr M Ham

Mrs S Ham

The Reverend D M Harrison, BMin

Mrs P Harrison

Mrs N Mora

The Venerable T F Mora, MTh (1st Cl Hons), NZCE

Hospital Chaplains

The Reverend Y H McLean, DipBibStud

Bishopdale Theological College, "Bishop Eaton House"

30 Vanguard Street, Nelson 7010, PO Box 347, Nelson 7040

Tel: 03 548 8785, Fax: 03 548 2125

Email: Website:

The Reverend Dr Andrew R Burgess, BSc, BTh, MTh, DPhil - Dean

The Reverend Dr Sue M Patterson, BA, BD (Dist), PhD - Dean of Courses & Senior Lecturer

Dr Kate Dugdale, BTheol, PhD - College Director

The Reverend Canon Dr Graham J O'Brien, BSc, MSc, BTh, MTh (Dist), PhD - Coordinator of Diocesan Ministry Education

48 Halifax Street, Nelson
PHONE: 03 548 3124

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It is our hope that the information contained here will enable Anglicans and others to be informed of the ministry of this Church. The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, is a constitutionally autonomous member of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia encompasses the area described by its title. The 1992 Constitution of this Church provides for three partners to order their affairs within their own cultural context. Within Aotearoa New Zealand, Tikanga Pakeha comprises seven Dioceses, Tikanga Maori comprises five Amorangi, the boundaries of which differ from those of the dioceses. Tikanga Pasefika encompasses Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Islands, and is known as the Diocese of Polynesia. Publication: 'Anglican Taonga' (Treasure) is a publication affirming the unity and diversity of the Anglican community in these islands. .

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