The first bishop, Te Pīhopa o Te Upoko o Te Ika, was Muru Walters, from his consecration on 7 March 1992 until his retirement in 2018.
On 4 May 2019, it was announced that Waitohiariki Quayle, Archdeacon of Wairarapa (in Te Pīhopatanga), was to become the first Indigenous, Wāhine, Māori Pīhopa in Aotearoa and the world.
Ko Pīhopa Waitohiariki (Wai) Qualye hai runga.
Bishop Waitohiariki's consecration as a bishop on 12 September was held in the Anglican school Rathkeale College, Masterton, and was a day of excitement and celebration with the voices of women and young people playing a key part through readings, songs and prayers.
Waitohiariki Quayle said the highlight of the day was seeing the body of Christ gathered together as one family with everyone playing their part. “I don’t believe in dividing people, in saying you are this or that. We have to be a lot more kind to one another – all of us – all the time,” she said.