Governance

One of the strengths of Anglicanism is that our Synod offers “people on the pews” and clergy a voice and voting rights on issues affecting the church. This style of active listening and democracy celebrates the opinions and diversity that exist within our Diocese.  
Our church is ruled by the Constitution and Canons with General Synod as the national governing body.  We also have our own local Synod and statutes for governance at a Diocesan level. The Diocesan Council looks after the responsibilities of Synod between sessions.  At a Parish level the vestry is the governing body whereas Mission Districts and Local Shared Ministry Units are governed by a Council. The Administration Handbook assists administrators, Vestry, Council and others to operate their Ministry Units effectively. Click here for the Administration Handbook, Canons and Statutes.

About Synod

GENERAL SYNOD
General Synod meets biannually and is the governing body for the whole Anglican Church in New Zealand. General Synod is made up of delegations of bishops, clergy and laity drawn from each of the five hui amorangi of Te Pīhopatanga o Aotearoa, from each of the seven dioceses in New Zealand, and the Diocese of Polynesia. Between sessions of General Synod, members from the dioceses of Tikanga Pākehā meet at the Interdiocesan Conference. There are three major tasks to be attended to at both General and Diocesan Synod meetings:
  1. To receive reports from the many commissions, agencies and organisations of the church’s life and witness
  2. To elect persons to the many bodies that carry out specialist and ongoing support work for the life of the church
  3. To pass laws that will regulate the common life of the church as a whole.
DIOCESAN SYNOD
In the diocese, synod is a representative body of the whole diocese gathered under the leadership of the bishop and working within the constraints of General Synod canons. It is a place where licensed clergy, elected laity and other members of synod come together to worship, sing, work, debate and plan for the future. The triennial synod meets annually.
                                                                                                           
The composition of Diocesan Synod:
  • The diocesan bishop
  • Any assistant bishop of the diocese
  • Every ordained minister licensed by the bishop to an ecclesiastical office in the diocese except that of local priest/deacon
  • Any lay person holding a licence as a diocesan lay minister or an appointment as archdeacon for so long as they are active in such ministry and such licence subsists
  • Two lay synod representatives elected by each parish and mission district
  • Up to six representatives elected by the Youth Hui
  • Two synod representatives elected by the Association of Anglican Women
  • Two synod representatives elected by the Mothers’ Union
  • Synod representatives (either clergy or laity) elected by each Local Shared Ministry Unit
  • CEOs  of  Auckland City Mission, Selwyn Foundation, Anglican Trust for Women & Children
  • The Chancellor, or Chancellor locum tenens, ex officio.
YOUTH HUI
The Youth Hui works in co-operation and partnership with other synods, hui and youth work agencies. It meets annually prior to Diocesan Synod. The Youth Hui may include unlimited representatives from each ministry unit, mission ventre and the Anglican secondary schools.   

The purpose of the Youth Hui is to:

  • engage young people in the decision-making processes of the diocese
  • encourage youth participation in the life of the dioceses in a safe and friendly environment 
  • elect youth representatives to Diocesan Synod and other bodies as necessary.
                                                                                                                            
NEXT DIOCESAN SYNOD MEETING
A special session of the fifty-sixth synod of the Anglican Diocese of Auckland will be held online on Saturday 5 September 2020, due to COVID-19 alert level restrictions.
                                                                                                                           

DIOCESAN SYNOD DOCUMENTS

Documents for Diocesan Synod can be found here.

About Diocesan Council - Latest Council Minutes/Summaries

The function and responsibilities of Diocesan Council are to coordinate the diverse mission emphases of the diocese by providing policies and decision-making processes which will enable the diocese to fulfil its mission through various agencies.
The Diocesan Council looks after the responsibilities of Synod between sessions with the exception of specified Standing Orders/Resolutions and Statutes of the Synod.  The council has authority to further delegate its powers to individuals, committees or boards, with particular reference to the sector councils. Diocesan Council members serve a 3-year term, and one third of members must retire each year.
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Diocesan Council Members
The Right Reverend Ross Bay – Bishop of Auckland
The Reverend Gendi Burwell – Albany Greenhithe Mission District
The Reverend Rebecca Conolly – Northwest Anglican
The Reverend Nyasha Gumbeze – Parish of Henderson
The Reverend Peter Jenkins – Parish of Warkworth
The Reverend Megan Means – Enabling Coordinator
The Reverend Grant Robertson – Parish of Milford
Megan Bowden – Parish of Milford
Grant Hodgson – Parish of Hibiscus Coast
David Howe – St Paul’s Symonds Street
Susan Lewis-O’Halloran – Parish of Thames
Andrew Maclean – St Aidan, Remuera
Nathan McDougall – Parish of Hillsborough
Jessica Newton – St Augustine Mission Venture
Elizabeth Witton – Parish of Takapuna
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Minutes/Summaries 
Below you can find the minutes/summaries from each meeting.
2020
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January
2019
November
October
September
August
July
May
April
March
February
January

Vestry/Council

For a full description please refer to the Ministry Unit Statute in our resources section or by clicking here.

Parish, LSM and Mission District (referred to as ministry units) governing bodies are responsible for:

  • promoting the worship of God 
  • enabling ministry to be provided to members of the ministry unit
  • working together to foster spiritual growth within the ministry unit
  • all matters affecting the governance, finance, administration and property of the ministry unit
Vestry as the governing body of a parish comprises:
  • the vicar
  • the churchwardens
  • the synod representatives
  • persons who have been appointed by a resolution of a general meeting – applies to:
    • ordained ministers licensed to the parish
    • employees of the parish
  • elected members
Mission District governing body comprises:
  • the priest in charge
  • the churchwardens
  • the synod representatives
  • elected members
Council as governing body of a Local Shared Ministry unit comprises:
  • the synod representatives
  • elected members