✞ Bishop Waitohiariki Quayle
"Nā, kia tūpato ki a koutou, ki te kāhui katoa anō i meinga ai koutou e te Wairua Tapu hei kaitirotiro, whāngaia te hāhi a te Atua i hokona nei e ia ki ōna ake toto".
"Keep watch over yourselves and over all the flock, of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God that he obtained with the blood of his own son".
The first Pīhopa (Bishop) of Te Upoko was the Right Reverend Muru Walters, from his consecration on 7 March 1992 until his retirement in 2018. On 12 September 2019, Bishop Waitohiariki Quayle was consecrated as Pīhopa o te Hui Amorangi ki te Upoko o te Ika, and in doing so she became the first Māori woman to become a Bishop.
Bishop Quayle (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa and Whakatohea) has a Bachelor of Bicultural Social Work degree from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, and she worked previously as the Māori Community Health Services Manager at Whaiora Māori Health Services in Masterton.
She was ordained deacon (2013) and priest (2014) by then-Bishop Muru Walters at the Church of Te Hepara Pai in Masterton. From 2015 until her appointment as Bishop, she was the Archdeacon of the Māori Pastorate of Wairarapa.
As Pīhopa of Te Upoko, Bishop Quayle is responsible for guiding Mihinare (Māori Anglicans) in Wellington, Wairarapa, Kāpiti, Horowhenua, Manawatū, Rangitīkei, Whanganui, and Taranaki.
Bishop Waitohiariki's day of firsts (Anglican Taonga)
First female Māori Bishop (Anglican Focus)
Waitohiariki Quayle is the world's first Māori woman bishop (Radio New Zealand)
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