In a service at Ōnuku Marae in January, Richard Rangi Wallace was ordained as the new Bishop of Te Waipounamu. This is the first time a person of Ngāi Tahu whakapapa has held the prestigious position.

Bishop Wallace says he was humbled by the 400 people who attended his ordainment ceremony.

“I am happy to be given the role and I am really excited to represent my people,” says Bishop Wallace.
“I am not only the first Ngāi Tahu to hold the position, but also the first Royal New Zealand Air Force member to get the role which I think is something unique,” he says. [Read more…]