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Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

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Publication of a Determination by a Decision of An Appeal Tribunal 26 October 2017


            DETERMINATION of the VICAR GENERAL of the Diocese of Nelson - 15 December 2016


In the matter of a complaint under Canon 1, Title D of the Canons of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, I, Venerable Timothy Mora, determine that the Reverend Michael Van Wijk knowingly engaged in sexual conduct with the complainant when she did not truly consent. In doing so he engaged in misconduct by acting in a manner inappropriate or unbecoming to the office and work of a minister including:


(a) An act of corruption or immorality; and

(b) An act of sexual harassment or disregard for responsible personal relations.


Given the seriousness of the misconduct I hereby depose (permanently take away) the Reverend Michael Van Wijk of his right to perform the duties of every office for which Holy Orders are required, and thereby render him ineligible for re-election or re-appointment to that office or any other office in this Church.

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