The Foundation Canons of St Mary's Cathedral

The Venerable Tikituterangi Raumati

 
The Venerable Tikituterangi Raumati

Cathedral Kaumatua

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.

The Revd Canon Peter Barleyman

 
The Revd Canon Peter Barleyman

I was born in Hawera, baptised in St Mary’s, New Plymouth, educated in Wellington and as a family we worshiped at St Thomas’s Newtown, the vicar was the late Rev. Canon Nigel Williams. In due course I was employed by Europa Oil NZ Ltd, transferred to Dunedin and it was there that Jan and I met and were married. After being transferred back to Wellington, we later took the opportunity to purchase our own Service Station and Garage, in partnership, at Otaki were we remained for several years.

With my family roots in Central Taranaki, and with our shared interest in farming we purchased a dairy farm on the Stratford Opunake Road and with our two children, Kathryn and John farmed there some twenty years.  Along the way God’s hand continued to shape our lives and after time at St John’s College, Jan and I returned to Taranaki to continue in ministry to the people of Central Taranaki where I serve as their Regional Dean.
I was humbled when Bishop Philip asked that I should also serve on the Cathedral Chapter representing the people of Central Taranaki, and at the same time excited by the possibilities of what our Cathedral could and will come to mean as the heartbeat and place of celebration and worship in Taranaki and as a place of gathering, worship and prayer in times of local and national need.

As we find ourselves in Central Taranaki increasingly engaged within the wider community and working alongside ever expanding networks to meet the needs of others, it will be a stimulating and exciting challenge to find ways to bring together our diverse communities to pray, to worship and to give thanks to God and so I look forward to being part of the inaugural team at this historic moment in time.

Canon Chester Borrows

 
Canon Chester Borrows

Having the privilege of a Christian upbringing and parents who 'walked the walk' in terms of their faith set me up for a reliance on Christian principles for life. A strong faith which has endured some testing times but has remained relevant through work in policing the law and now as a Member of Parliament as well as through parenthood, voluntary work and the lay ministry has been very helpful. My wife Ella has a very real Christian faith and her support has been critical in my ability to participate in a broad spectrum of service. My concerns have always been to best reflect the teachings of the Gospel as they relate to social issues on a day to day basis. Where the church is found in the community is far more relevant to me than denominational differences with their accompanying doctrinal vagaries and distinctions. It is Jesus' Great Commission that binds us together not subsequent division or decree from church management or hierarchy.

Since the inauguration of the New Plymouth pro-cathedral and the ministry of Bishop Philip I have been impressed with the concentration on the church as activists for social and spiritual change. The work has been across denominations and agencies, has incorporated faithful and secular identities towards the moral purpose of meeting the needs of people regardless of class, religion, ethnicity, or persuasion. I want to see this work continue through the Cathedral Chapter while adding to its effectiveness in terms of encouraging people to make positive life choices and taking responsibility for those things they can control. The challenge is to be real to those seeking help whether they recognise that need or not. In doing this, Gods work will not only be done but will be seen to be relevant in a world that competes for the faith of people living in a world with decreasing substance.

Canon Robin Brockie

 
Canon Robin Brockie

I am a chartered accountant and Director of the accounting practice of Staples Rodway Taranaki Limited including serving as its Managing Director for 15 years. During this professional career I have had the opportunity of spending several years in Asia, the United States and Wellington before settling in Taranaki in 1985.
I have served and continue to serve on a number of company Boards and charitable trusts over a number of years including the Venture Taranaki Trust, Dame Malvina Major Foundation, Taranaki Arts Community Trust and Sacred Heart Girls College.

Taranaki and New Zealand is possessed of this historically significant place for people to congregate, reflect, share and celebrate their experiences. The history of these events needs to be preserved to enable current and future generations to appreciate the importance of the Cathedral as “a place for the people”.  The preservation of its character will not only continue to support the reflections of faith but also establish St Mary’s as a place for current and future generations to share their character and talents with the people of Taranaki and beyond.

Canon Jenny Ellis

 
Canon Jenny Ellis

My links with New Plymouth go back on both sides of my family to the early settlers who arrived from Devon and Cornwall 150 years ago on the William Bryant, the Amelia Thompson and the Timandra.   My great-great-Grandfather, Nathanial Hooker was a stone mason who worked on the construction of St Mary’s.  I am a fourth generation member of the Church.  My mother still lives in New Plymouth and I have four younger siblings, a daughter and two beautiful grandchildren.

I left New Plymouth at the end of my schooling and trained as a teacher at Auckland Secondary Teachers’ College.  My first teaching position was at Inglewood High School 40 years ago.  Since then I’ve taught in a number of schools and graduated with degrees from Massey University and the University of Waikato.  I moved from Hamilton with my husband Bob to take up my current position at New Plymouth Girls’ High School in 2005.  To be appointed Principal of one of the finest girls’ schools in the country in my home town has been the highlight of my career.  I am where God has called me to serve.   I have a strong connection with St Mary’s and a deep sense of belonging.  It is my hope that young people will be drawn to the Cathedral as a place where they feel welcome and able to worship in a way that meets their spiritual needs.  It is also my hope that St Mary’s will continue to develop as a place of learning and outreach for children and young people.  It is an enormous privilege to be a part of this special journey.

The Revd Canon Sue Pickering

 
The Revd Canon Sue Pickering

Originally from Liverpool, I came to New Zealand in 1956 and was educated at Epsom Girls’ Grammar and Auckland University. Resident in New Plymouth since 1980, I am married to John and am mother to Matt. With a background in teaching, counselling, and ecumenical chaplaincy, I was ordained deacon and priest in 1994. Formation in spiritual direction was followed by completion of an MA in Applied Theology  in Canterbury UK, in what was a rich and memorable year for our family. Over the last decade, I have been involved nationally with the formation of spiritual directors, have been an Examining Chaplain for the Diocese and have had published books and articles to help laypeople and clergy deepen their relationship with God. My time is now divided among chaplaincy at a retirement village; working one-to-one in spiritual direction and ministry supervision; writing, and offering retreats and presentations focused on ongoing growth in prayer and the journey of faith.

My hopes for the cathedral – that our worship will bless God; that our love and joy in Jesus will spill over into all the regions around the mountain; that the Holy Spirit will be welcomed, freed to resource and restore, reconcile and refresh all who enter this place and all who go out from here with love and hope in their hearts and justice as their intention. I hope that this place will be a place of safety, of hospitality, and of unflinching engagement with the hard things we encounter in life; a place of encouragement and spiritual growth, and of gentle steady healing, where people can be honest  with  their questions and can come to know that they are beloved of God ... no matter what.

The Revd Canon Pat Scaife

 
The Revd Canon Pat Scaife

I am especially honoured by this role as my links with St Mary’s New Plymouth go back to 1946. It was my childhood and adolescent spiritual home. Since then, in the years in secondary teaching, the artillery and in ordained ministry it has remained always, where I return.

My vision for St Mary’s Cathedral is threefold; that it become the spiritual heart of the city and the province, here God’s people come together to worship and to celebrate or commemorate significant events; that it become not only the locus of the spiritual  undergirding of the compassionate  heart of the Church in Taranaki, but also that its people and resources  become increasingly active players in association with the Bishop’s Action Foundation, in bringing God’s care to the marginalised in  both the city and the province, in whatever form that is needed; that it become the spiritual heart of robust theological reflection, education and praxis in Taranaki.

Canon Wharehoka Wano

 
Canon Wharehoka Wano

Wharehoka Craig Wano took up a newly created role at the Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary on 11 May 2013.

He was installed as the Reeves canon to the Cathedral Chapter, the body of the church that oversees its ministry and ensures it is a place for all Taranaki people.

The position he holds is named after Sir Paul Reeves, former Archbishop and Governor-General of New Zealand.

Whare was raised a Catholic in Hawera at St Joseph’s Parish and also at Hoani Papita in Normanby, where the Māori Catholic influence was huge.

He says the spiritual sustenance he received from that faith was important when he was growing up.

“It is now karakia Māori that sustains my spiritual needs but like on the marae we are comfortable with all karakia.

“Being asked to take up this role within the Anglican church has not been an issue for me or my whānau, and we were honored to share at the ceremony where I was cannonised and Philip became the Archbishop of New Zealand. “

Whare has tribal affiliations to all Taranaki iwi but primarily to Te Atiawa and Taranaki. Through his father he also has ties to Ngāti Awa in Whakatane.

He respects his tribal responsibilities and remains passionate about te reo Māori and waiata Māori.  “They contain much of our history and their survival is vitally important.”

Parihaka and the teachings of Te Whiti and Tohu have had a big influence in his upbringing and he spends as much time as he can on the papakainga.

Whare says his whānau are supportive in many ways.  They include his parents Makere and John, his brothers and sister and their families, his wife Emere and the couple’s four children as well as their two grand daughters and of course the wider extended whānau.

Based in New Plymouth, Whare works as the Education Team Manager for Core Education. 

He manages a large team of facilitators, who work in schools around the country. As an ex-teacher he says education continues to drive a lot of what he does, and his work is primarily about supporting teachers, school leaders and ultimately the students they serve.

He is a keen surfer who keeps fit through running and cycling.  He also loves to follow his sons playing rugby or league.

 

Canons

The Venerable Tikituterangi Raumati
The Venerable Tikituterangi Raumati
The Revd Canon Peter Barleyman
The Revd Canon Peter Barleyman
Canon Chester Borrows
Canon Chester Borrows
Canon Robin Brockie
Canon Robin Brockie
Canon Jenny Ellis
Canon Jenny Ellis
The Revd Canon Sue Pickering
The Revd Canon Sue Pickering
The Revd Canon Pat Scaife
The Revd Canon Pat Scaife
Canon Wharehoka Wano
Canon Wharehoka Wano
 

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