Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


First indigenous Fijian bishop for Anglican Church

July 1 2005

First indigenous Fijian bishop for the Anglican Church

This Sunday, the first indigenous Fijian Bishop in the worldwide Anglican Church will be installed at a service at St Thomas’ Anglican Church in Labassa, Fiji.

He is the Right Reverend Apimeleki Nadoki Qiliho, and he becomes the first Anglican Bishop in Vanua Levu and Taveuni.

Bishop Qiliho was one of three new Polynesian bishops consecrated at a huge service at Suva's Holy Trinity Cathedral on Sunday, April 10. He was born in 1945, in the village of Rukurukulevu, Tikina o Cuvu, in Nadroga Province. After leaving high school, he worked for a couple of years for CSR, before being accepted for training for the priesthood.

He studied at St John’s College in Suva, and in Brisbane, at St Francis’ College. He served his curacy at St Luke’s church in Suva, where he filled several roles – including as chaplain to the Bishop; to the Community of the Sacred Name; and to St Christopher’s Home in Naulu. In 1982, Fr Qiliho was posted to the Church of the Holy Spirit in Ba, where he was also chaplain to the Melanesian Brotherhood. In 1985, he was sent to Hamilton, in New Zealand, to study management.


He also worked for the Diocese of Waikato. He returned to Suva in 1987, and has held a number of posts since then – as Secretary to the Diocese of Polynesia (1988-1994); Archdeacon of Suva (he was commissioned in 1989); and as Principal of St John the Baptist Theological College in Suva (from 1996). He was commissioned as the Vicar General (the priest who stands in for the bishop when he’s away) in 1995. In 1997 and 1998, he studied in the UK, in Birmingham.

On his return to Fiji, he was appointed Diocesan Ministry Officer – effectively, he oversees all training in the diocese. As Bishop Qiliho, he will continue this work in Labassa, where he will now be based.

In his youth, he was also an accomplished sportsman. He played provincial rugby (as a lock, and No 8), he was strong in field events in athletics – and he represented Fiji in indoor basketball at the 1971 South Pacific Games in Tahiti. Bishop Qiliho has three children. He is married to Taomi.

The other two new bishops for the Diocese of Polynesia are: The Rt Rev Gabriel Sharma, a Fiji Indian, who is the Bishop in Viti Levu West and is based in Lautoka; and The Rt Rev Dr Winston Halapua, a Tongan-born Fiji citizen, and who is the first Bishop for the Diocese of Polynesia in New Zealand.

He is the Principal of the College of the Diocese of Polynesia at St John's College in Auckland.

The three new bishops will assist Bishop Bryce, who says each is an answer to prayer – and a response to the needs of the people.

"It's very clear to me," says Bishop Bryce, "that for the work to continue to grow, we need to do everything in the language of the people."

Note:

1) The installation service for Bishop Api will begin at 9am on Sunday, at St Thomas’ Church, Nasekula Rd, Labasa. Accredited journalists, photographers and camera operators are welcome to record the event.

The Rt Rev Jabez Bryce, who continues to serve as Diocesan Bishop of Polynesia, will preside at the installation. He will be joined by the Rt Rev George Connor of Dunedin, who is the senior bishop in Tikanga Pakeha, The Rt Rev Gabriel Sharma, and Mr Robin Nairn, the General Secretary of the Anglican Church in this Province. The service is expected to take two hours.

2) A traditional Fijian welcome ceremony will be held for Bishop Api on Saturday at 2.00pm. Media representatives are also welcome to attend this.

3) A new bishop is first of all "consecrated" - as happened on April 10, in Suva's Holy Trinity Cathedral. That bishop is then, at a later date, "installed" in a particular diocese, or region. Bishop Winston Halapua was installed in Auckland's Holy Trinity Cathedral on April 17. Bishop Gabriel Sharma was installed in Lautoka on April 30.

4) The Anglican Diocese of Polynesia serves Fiji, Tonga and Samoa, and Pacific Islanders living in Aotearoa New Zealand.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news