Tai Tokerau

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This article is about the Anglican Diocese. For the New Zealand Parliamentary Māori electorate, see Te Tai Tokerau.
The Right Reverend Te Kitohi Pikaahu Bishop of Te Tai Tokerau

Te Pihopatanga O Te Tai Tokerau is an Episcopal polity (or Diocese) of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. The Pihopatanga extends from the Bombay Hills south of Auckland through to Te Rerenga Wairua (the North Cape). According to the 2001 census there are approximately 25000 Māori Anglicans within this area. Te Tai Tokerau is one of 5 Hui Amorangi (episcopal units) that comprise Te Pihopatanga o Aotearoa, the Māori Anglican Church in Aotearoa/New Zealand.


There are 10 pastorates (ministry units) within Te Pihopatanga O Te Tai Tokerau: (Archdeaconry of Te Tai Tokerau)

  • Parengarenga-Ahipara-Peria
  • Whangaroa
  • South Hokianga
  • Waimate Taumarere
  • Whangarei
  • Northern Wairoa
  • Nga Tapuwae o Te Ariki

(Archdeaconry of Tamaki Makaurau)

  • Te Mihana Maori o Tamaki Makaurau
  • Te Takiwā o Manukau
  • CIMAH (Cook Island congregation)

Ministry also takes place in:

  • numerous prison, school and hospital chaplaincies
  • Te Whare Ruruhau o Meri, the social service agency based in Auckland
  • relational ministries including Kahui Wāhine (Women's ministry) Kahui Tane (Men's ministry) and Kahui Rangatahi (Youth ministry)


The Pihopatanga is governed by the Hui Amorangi, a representative synod that meets annually. The Komiti Tumuaki executive meets four times a year, and has two subcommittees: Ministry and Education, responsible for ordination and training matters; and a Finance sub-committee.

The Pihopatanga comes under the episcopal leadership of the Bishop of Te Tai Tokerau The Right Reverend Te Kitohi Pikaahu LTh, MTh (Oxon). Bishop Pikaahu was ordained Bishop in 2002 at the age of 37 and remains one of the youngest Bishops in the Anglican Communion.

The Venerable Dr Hone Kaa LTh, MA, DMin (EDS) is Archdeacon of Tamaki Makaurau, overseeing the 2 Auckland pastorates. Tapu Laulu is the Manu Kōkiri (Youth Enabler), identifying and nurturing young leaders across the region.

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