Anglican Diocese of Nelson

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Diocese of Nelson
Parishes 25
Rite Anglican
Cathedral Christ Church Cathedral, Nelson
Current leadership
Bishop Richard Ellena
Diocese of Nelson

The Diocese of Nelson is one of the 13 dioceses and hui amorangi of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.[1] The Diocese covers the northern part of the South Island of New Zealand, which is mostly the area north of a line drawn from Greymouth to Kaikoura.

The diocese was founded in 1858 and the seat of the Bishop is at Christ Church Cathedral in Nelson.

On 5 February 2007, while in a wheelchair, Richard Ellena was consecrated as the latest Bishop of Nelson. Ellena, aged 55 years old, succeeded Derek Eaton. He was Bishop Derek Eaton’s Vicar General, or deputy, since 2002, and he pledged to continue to "hold high the flag of evangelical orthodoxy" during his term as the Diocese of Nelson’s 10th Bishop.

Nelson diocese is a noted Evangelical diocese, drawing similarities with the Anglican Diocese of Sydney, in Australia.


  1. ^ Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. "About". Retrieved 8 September 2011. 

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Coordinates: 41°16′16″S 173°17′09″E / 41.2710°S 173.2857°E / -41.2710; 173.2857