Vacancy: Full-time Vicar of the Parish of Otumoetai, Tauranga

Bishop Andrew Hedge is looking to appoint a priest as Vicar of the Parish of Otumoetai, Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty. Otumoetai is a suburb of Tauranga City, on the north-western peninsula of the city looking out toward Tauranga Harbour, Mt Maunganui and Matakana Island.

The parish has one worship centre, St John’s Church, which is a well-maintained plant offering flexibility in the worship space and includes several meeting areas, offices and a hall in one integrated building. The parish operates the “Oasis Op Shop and Drop-in Centre” in the set of shops adjacent to the church. The ministry of the parish includes Messy Church, three playgroups, a Toy Library, pastoral care team and a wide range of parish and other community-facing activities. It has served the local community since the early 1950’s and continues to do so in this fast-growing part of New Zealand. The parish does not own a vicarage so instead a housing allowance or rental accommodation will be provided within the parish for the successful applicant.

The person the parish seeks for this role as Vicar needs to:

  • be energetic
  • have proven leadership skills with a willingness to develop a team
  • be a good communicator, enabler and encourager, with the ability to think and work laterally
  • be an encourager of ministry to and with children and young people and their families
  • be supportive of Messy Church in the parish
  • have a strong liturgical grounding able to provide for traditional and a contemporary worship
  • be able to engage with a wide range of music styles
  • encourage the parish in its engagement with its wider community
  • be able to show genuine interest in people and the life of the parish
  • have an open theological perspective
  • be a warm and friendly personality.

For expressions of interest please contact in the first instance Colleen Marriott (Office Manager, Diocese of Waiapu) for a Parish Profile.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 21st November, 2018.


Vacancy: Regional Dean in the Bay of Plenty, Diocese of Waiapu

The Bishop of Waiapu seeks expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced priests for the position of the Regional Dean in the Bay of Plenty and to join the Bishop’s Leadership Team. The role of the Regional Dean in the Bay of Plenty is a senior position in Waiapu, akin to the role of an Archdeacon in other dioceses, which has responsibility for providing support to the clergy, wardens and parishes across the Bay of Plenty.

Experience in all aspects of parish ministry will be an essential requirement for the successful candidate. The Regional Dean will work to implement and support strategic developments across the region on behalf of the bishop and in collaboration with the Bishop’s Leadership Team and parish leadership teams.  A sound understanding of parish finances, church canons, policies and procedures, as well as the skills to lead parishes and individuals through these processes is also an important element of the role.

The Regional Dean will be expected to contribute to the development of parishes in the region by forming relationships with the clergy and wardens to help identify areas for development and communicate those to the Bishop’s Leadership Team. The successful candidate will also be a leader and be open-minded to their own development personally and in ministry.

Waiapu has a strong heritage in bi-cultural partnerships in the context of the three-tikanga church. The Regional Dean will be someone who can form relationships across tikanga, support and continue to develop existing bi-cultural partnerships in ministry in the region.

The Bishop’s Leadership Team are looking forward to welcoming a new Regional Dean to their team and incorporating the skills and talents they will bring afresh to the experience of the team. The successful applicant will become part of a highly functioning team that values collaboration and shared leadership and the development of leadership skills for each member of the team.

This position will become vacant following the retirement at the end of December 2018 of a long-term incumbent. As such the new role would likely begin in early 2019 to be negotiated with the successful applicant. The role will require the successful candidate to live in the Bay of Plenty, but the exact location is negotiable.

For further information and to make an appointment to speak with Bishop Andrew informally regarding this position please contact Colleen Marriott – email: or phone DDI 06 835 2744.

Applications for this position will close on Friday 14 December 2018