Peter Atkins (bishop)

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Peter Geoffrey Atkins was the 12th Anglican Bishop of Waiapu[1] from 1983 to 1990.

Atkins was born on 29 April 1936, educated at Merchant Taylors' School, Crosby and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and ordained in 1963.[2] He began his ordained ministry with a curacy at Karori, after which he was a priest-tutor at St Peter’s Theological College in the Solomon Islands.[3] Later he was Vicar of Waipukurau then diocesan secretary and registrar in the Diocese of Waiapu. He was archdeacon of Hawkes Bay from 1979 until 17 September 1983,[4] when he was ordained to the episcopate.[5] An author,[6] after resigning his See he was a lecturer in liturgy and evangelism at the University of Auckland.

Atkins was awarded the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal.[7]


  1. ^ Anglican Diocese of Waiapu[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Crockford's clerical directory London, Church House 1975 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  3. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  4. ^ ACANZP Lectionary, 2019 (p. 146)
  5. ^ The Lectionary Te Maramataka 2007 Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Amongst others he wrote Good News in Evangelism, 1992; Counselling Issues and South Pacific Communities, 1997; Soul Time, 2000Ascension Now, 2001; Memory and Liturgy, 2004; and Prayer Kids, 2008 > British Library website, accessed 12 January 2010.
  7. ^ Taylor, Alister; Coddington, Deborah (1994). Honoured by the Queen – New Zealand. Auckland: New Zealand Who's Who Aotearoa. p. 51. ISBN 0-908578-34-2.
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Ralph Vernon Matthews
Bishop of Waiapu
Succeeded by
Murray John Mills