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Our Diocese

The Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki stretches from the iron sands of South Taranaki to the beautiful Bay of Plenty; some of the most spectacular and abundant land of the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Taking its name from the mighty Waikato river and the majestic Mt Taranaki, the Diocese honours its shared heritage with the people of Te Manawa o te Wheke and Te Upoko o te Ika.

The Diocese of Waikato was constituted in 1926. In 2010, and honouring the dream of Bishop Selwyn 165 years ago, the Diocese was renamed as the Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki.

This Diocese holds a unique place in the Anglican Communion, having two Bishoprics; the Bishopric of Waikato and the Bishopric of Taranaki.  This also means that there are two co-equal Diocesan Bishops; The Bishop of Waikato and the Bishop of Taranaki, and two Cathedrals; the Waikato Cathedral Church of St Peter and the Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary.

The Bishopric of Waikato is led by the Right Rev'd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley while the Bishopric of Taranaki is led by the Most Rev'd Philip Richardson, who is also the Archbishop of the New Zealand Dioceses.

Below is a map of the Diocese divided into archdeaconries. To find out where our ministry units are see Our Parishes page.

Latest News

Sep 18

Towards Peaceful Coexistence

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Sep 12

Bishop Philip's Training Day in Te Kuiti

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Recent News

Shaken by the Wind

Shaken by the Wind (6th September 2017)
NZ joins Worldwide Federation of Deacons

The Feast 2017

The Feast 2017 (22nd August 2017)
Social housing and Refugees to the fore

Tainui Day Centre launched in Opunake

Tainui Day Centre launched in Opunake (19th July 2017)
Another 'first' for Taranaki and BAF