November 23, 2014
Centenary tokotoko back with bishop
A bishop’s crozier carved to celebrate the centenary of the arrival of Christian missionaries in Aotearoa has been symbolically returned to Maori.
The staff, shaped like a shepherd’s crook, was presented to Maori Anglican Bishop Kito Pikaahu at at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Khyber Pass last night.
It was rediscovered earlier this year in a storeroom by the Bishop of Auckland, Ross Bay.
Bishop Bay says it’s a symbol of the bicultural relationship that has existed between Maori and Pakeha since Samuel Marsden and other Anglican missionaries arrived at Oihi in 1814.
The church is preparing to mark the bicentenary of that landing.
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