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Bishop Tamihere looking to community
Don Tamihere , Anglican Church

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The new Anglican bishop of Te Tairawhiti says the church needs to be out in the community.

Don Tamihere will be ordained tomorow.

The 44-year-old is the tumuaki of Te Rau College in Gisborne and ministry educator for Te Hui Amorangi ki Te Tairawhiti.

He says even if church attendance is down on the past because of urbanisation and other pressures of modern life, ministers are constantly helping whanau with tangihanga, baptism, marriage, blessings, and pastoral care.

"You know we’re still a spiritual people and we still want to express that. We need to stop thinking in terms of trying to draw people to the church and sit within the four walls of the church. We were never meant to be that way. We were meant to be out there where the people are ot there in the community and I want to make sure we are contributing to our hapu, our whanau, our iwi as much as possible," Bishop-elect Tamihere says.

The ordination in the whare Porourangi at Waiomatatini Marae will be covered on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #PihopaHou.


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