The newly ordained Bishop Quayle. PHOTOS/KAREN COLTMAN

An historic occasion at Rathkeale College


A moving powhiri on a dazzling spring day, a haka and the ordination of the first Maori Woman to the bishopric of the New Zealand Anglican Church happened at Rathkeale College on Thursday.

The ordination ceremony

Waitohiariki Quayle will be known as Bishop Quayle of Upoko o Te Ika [lower North Island] and serve the Maori Anglican bishopric of the lower North Island.

Hundreds of people from around the North Island came to witness this historic event.

Bishop Quayle said she felt the “wairua [spirit]” present and felt, “very emotional as a servant of God”.

Quayle did need to dry her eyes during the ordination.

“It’s very personal,” she said, saying it was a significant day for New Zealand women.

A haka greeted the first Maori female bishop.

“Today is empowering for women and they can step up and don’t give up on themselves.”

She told the Times-Age that she is concerned with the growing need for social housing and the health needs of her region, the lower North Island.

Quayle intends to get around the area to listen to the needs of the community soon.