The Bishop of Taranaki, Archbishop Philip Richardson and the Bishop of
Waikato, Bishop Helen-‐Ann Hartley are delighted to announce the
appointment of the Reverend Peter Beck as Dean of Taranaki Cathedral
to succeed the current Dean, the Very Reverend Jamie Allen who
In announcing the appointment Archbishop Philip said that he could
"think of no one better qualified, or with more relevant experience, to
lead the people of St Mary’s over the next period of time. Peter is well
placed to lead the people of St Mary’s as they face the challenges of
ministry in the heart of the City of New Plymouth, while also addressing
the urgent need to fix the earthquake prone building so that it can again
be available to the whole community”.
Peter was until recently Dean of Christchurch Cathedral where he had
served with distinction for some nine years. Prior to that he served in
team ministries in the United Kingdom and within the Diocese of
Auckland. His time in Auckland included two very significant ministries at
St Luke’s Mt Albert and St Matthews in the City. While at St Matthews
Peter was involved in a major restoration of that classic stone Church.
He has developed a well deserved reputation for community
engagement and leadership, including serving a term as a city councillor
in Christchurch seeking particularly to be a voice and an advocate for the
stricken eastern suburbs of that city.
It is hoped that the Reverend Peter Beck will commence his ministry in
mid April 2016
Bishop of Taranaki