The Oversight and Care of this
Cathedral’s Mission and Ministry
Taranaki Cathedral has two bodies which in an interdependent and complementary way oversee and govern its mission and life. The first is the Parish Vestry, elected and appointed by the Parishioners at the Annual General Meeting to oversee, with the Vicar of the parish, the life of the faith community and its ministry within
the geographical boundaries of the parish. The Vestry is responsible for the buildings and the finances of the parish and supports the Vicar’s leadership of the church community in worship and prayer, pastoral care, evangelism, teaching of the faith and loving service.
St Mary’s ministry as a Cathedral is overseen by the Cathedral Chapter. As such the Chapter has a particular responsibility to ensure that St Mary’s is a place for all the people of Taranaki : a church that serves the city and the province and is the seat of the Bishop of Taranaki, supporting the Bishop’s ministry both within the building and across the Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki and all the communities that make it up.
Chapter is made up of the Bishops of Waikato and Taranaki, the Dean of Taranaki, the Dean of Waikato, the Chancellor of the Diocese, and the Diocesan Manager. The Church Wardens of the Parish are also members ensuring a direct link with the Vestry of the parish, along with the Vicar/Dean.
The core members of the Chapter are the Canons. Under the Cathedral Statute there are up to four lay Canons and four clerical (ordained) Canons. At the service of Consecration on 6th March 2010 we commissioned three lay and three clerical canons. They tell you something about themselves and their hopes for this Cathedral Church below.
We have also commissioned and installed Archdeacon Tikituterangi Raumati as Cathedral Kaumatua. In this role Archdeacon Raumati will sit on the Chapter, indicating that Tangata Whenua have a unique place under the constitution of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, Te Hahi Mihinare ki Aotearoa ki Niu Tireni, ki Nga Moutere o te Moana Nui a Kiwa and under the Treaty of Waitangi.
Chapter will immediately begin a process of dialogue to determine how Tangata Whenua will share, for all time, in the oversight of this Cathedral Church.
Cathedral Kaumatua : The
Venerable Tikituterangi Raumati
Tiki is of Ngati Mutunga, Ngati Toa, Te Atiawa, Ngati Kahungunu descent. He has served in the Parishes of Morrinsville, Taumarunui, Taranaki Maori Pastorate, Waitara, Hastings, Opotiki, Te Kaha Maori Pastorate, Ruatoki-Whakatane Maori Pastorate, Mt Maunganui, Paeroa, was Archdeacon of Te Tai Hauauru, Wellington Maori Mission and served as a Ministry Enabler to the Bishopric of Aotearoa. He was also vicar of Stratford and served in Lower Hutt. Archdeacon Tiki lives as a bridge between the Maori and Pakeha world and is a friend to many all over these Islands. In particular, however, Tiki's descent from Te Whiti o Rongomai and his love for Taranaki, his home, mean that his Kaumatua role in this Cathedral is a unique and wonderful gift.