Parish of Waipaoa

Waipaoa is a multi-centred parish on the Poverty Bay flats, based around the church of St Luke’s at Waerenga-a-hika. The history of Waerenga-a-hika is sobering and pivotal to the formation of the Waiapu Diocese and the long-term relationship between Maori and Pakeha in Poverty Bay, and beyond, but St Luke’s sits serenely within its community and provides an hospitable base for an energetic smaller parish.

Waipaoa Parish,
St Luke’s Vicarage,
Gisborne RD1

Vicar: Details to follow

Liturgical in style, with blend of traditional and contemporary music. Congregations small, so preaching tends to be conversational.

  • St George’s at Patutahi - service held every 3rd Sunday at 9.30am.
  • St Luke’s at Waerenga-a-hika - 9.30am service on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month.  
  • On months with a 5th Sunday we occasionally combined services with Gisborne Parish and sometimes our usual service at St Luke’s.

Ethos: Friendly, hospitable and supportive. Typically Anglican, with no pressure to toe a theological line; hard to be inconspicuous; large group of parishioners who come occasionally but belong by helping in parish activities.

Ethnicity: Almost all Pakeha; however, some Te Reo used in liturgy and hymns. Parish now recovering its history as the centre of major events involving Maori and Pakeha in 19th century.

Children: Talk and activity during 9.30am service at Waerenga-a-hika; children encouraged to take various roles in worship.

Social: Morning tea after Waeranga-a-hika service; combined services on patronal days, with festive morning tea.

Training: Two study groups each year (including Lent); two Quiet Days open to other parishes.

Outreach: Bible in schools for years 1-6; parish supports two foodbanks and Anglican Care pre-school centre in Gisborne; provides Christmas boxes for families at pre-school centre; and hosts Easter picnic and egg hunt for children and mothers.

Highlights: Christmas and Easter; carol services; St Francis pets’ day; making of Christmas cake on Stir-up Sunday; All Souls’ Day; various patronal festivals; combined service with rohe at Toko Toru Tapu, Manutuke.