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Up to 18 candidates will be commissioned and ordained at the Tairawhiti Ordination Karakia in December.

Beginning on Saturday, 1 December, with a powhiri at Hinemaurea Marae, Wharekahika at 9:30AM, 3 candidates have been accepted to be ordained priest, 8, as deacons, & 7 will be commissioned as kaikarakia at the service at 11AM.


Ordinands this year have come through a new process where we are beginning to work more closely with a Bishop’s Advisory Panel overseeing their discernment. The Panel met twice with the pool of postulants or potential ordinands – the first time at a retreat earlier in the year as part of the discernment process, & then in September for formal interviews.

Alongside this, training in manual acts & the Tairawhiti customary as well as instruction on the ministry of deacons and priests has continued over the course of the year.

Formal interviews by the panel were the basis for final recommendations to the bishop on each postulant’s readiness for ordination. We congratulate the 11 ordinands accepted in 2018 & the 7 kaikarakia whose nominations by various of our pariha & rohe were accepted as well.

A bus will be leaving at 7:30AM on 1 Dec for the Ordination Karakia. Seats can be booked through the office. Numbers limited. First in, first served.



Over 125 wahine from across Te Pihopatanga o Aotearoa and Maori missions in Te Whenua Moemoea gathered in the Bay of Islands for the biennial Kahui Wahine Conference hosted by Te Taitokerau.

This included a full complement from Te Tairawhiti with many of our own making the long trek north over a couple of days to be there for the hui beginning 13 September, and finishing on the 16th.


The pohiri at Otiria Marae also served to welcome the Bishop of Te Tairawhiti and Bishop of Aotearoa, Most Rev Don Tamihere, and his wife, Kisa, to Te Taitokerau as well, as both had travelled to tautoko Te Tairawhiti and the overall hui.


Staying at the Copthorne, Paihia, participants were treated to a host of activities and korero, under the theme, “Kia U, Kia Ngawari” (Eph 4), including a hikoi to the Marsden Cross, Oihi, where Ruatara first preached the Gospel; korero on Minita a Whanau; korero on education for wahine; as well as reports on the ministry of, by and for wahine throughout the Haahi. The next hui will be in Te Waipounamu, 2020

Ordinands & Candidates:

For Priest:
Rerewa Pomana
Kingston Cooper
Jacqui Chesley-Ingle

For Deacon:
Merekaraka Te Whitu
Irene Wesche
Jayell Smith
Bryan Hewett
Pimia Hewett
Chaans Tumataroa-Clarke Kira Broughton
Campbell Dewes

For Kaikarakia:
Lorraine Waititi
Pavel Markowski
Fran Markowski
Harata Bennett
Hone Kaiwai
Isaac Beach
Haki Kaihe

Upcoming Dates:

19-21: AWSC Treasuring Women in Ministry Hui, Suva, Fiji

26-27: Diocese of Polynesia Electoral College, Suva, Fiji.

10-23: Tairawhiti Indigenous Ministry & Scripture Intensive Seminar, LA, US.

29-1 Dec: Ordination Retreat, Waihau.

1: Ordination Karakia, Wharekahika.

Prayer for ordinands:

E to matau Hepara Nui,
manaakitia mai era
kua karangatia nei
hai minita mo tau Haahi.
Poua ki roto i a ratau
te whatumanawa mo tau
me te tieki i tau iwi,
kia koa ai ratau
ki te whakapuaki i tau