Manuhuia Bennett

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Rt Rev. Manuhuia "Manu" Augustus Bennett ONZ CMG (10 February 1916 – 20 December 2001) was a New Zealand Anglican Bishop in the second half of the 20th century.[1][2] He was born in Rotorua on 10 February 1916 into an ecclesiastical family: his father Frederick Augustus Bennett was the inaugural Bishop of Aotearoa.[1][3] He identified with the Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao and Ngāti Rangitihi iwi.[4] Educated at the University of Hawaii and ordained in 1940, he was a Curate in the Diocese of Waiapu before becoming a Chaplain to the New Zealand Forces. When peace returned he was a Māori Missionary at Rangitīkei. Later he was Vicar of St Faith’s Rotorua[5] before being appointed Suffragan Bishop of Aotearoa in 1951. He was Bishop of Aotearoa from 1968 to 1981 and a member of the Waitangi Tribunal from 1986 to 1997.[1] He died on 20 December 2001.[6]

Honours and awards[edit]

In the 1981 Queen's Birthday Honours Bennett was appointed a Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG).[7] On 6 February 1989, Bennett was the eleventh appointee to The Order of New Zealand.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Cumming, Geoff (22 December 2001). "Obituary: Manu Bennett". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  2. ^ The Bennett Family
  3. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  4. ^ Turia, Tariana (20 December 2013). "Dame Miraka Szazsy and the Right Reverend Manuhuia Bennett". New Zealand Government. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Church web site
  6. ^ Clark, Helen (20 December 2013). "Bishop Manuhuia Bennett". Office of the Prime Minister of New Zealand. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  7. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 48641, 13 June 1981. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Honours and Awards" (16 February 1989) 27 New Zealand Gazette 417 at 418.
Religious titles
Preceded by
Wiremu Netana Panapa
Bishop of Aotearoa
Succeeded by
Whakahuihui Vercoe