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The '''Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Zealand''', headquartered in Wellington, is an [[eparchy]] of the [[Church of Constantinople]].  Its current primate is His Eminence Metropolitan [[Joseph (Harkiolakis) of New Zealand]].
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{{diocese|
{{church|
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name=Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Zealand|
name= Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Zealand|
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jurisdiction=[[Church of Constantinople|Constantinople]]|
founder= Patriarch [[Meletios (Metaxakis) IV of Constantinople]]|
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type=Metropolis|
independence= N/A|
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founded=1970|
recognition= N/A|
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bishop=Met. [[Amphilochios (Tsoukos) of New Zealand|Amphilochios]]|
primate=[[Joseph (Harkiolakis) of New Zealand|Metropolitan Joseph]]|
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see=Wellington|
 
hq=Wellington, New Zealand|
 
hq=Wellington, New Zealand|
 
territory=New Zealand|
 
territory=New Zealand|
possessions= N/A|
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language=Greek, English|
language=Greek|
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music=[[Byzantine Chant]]|
 
music=[[Byzantine Chant]]|
 
calendar=[[Revised Julian Calendar|Revised Julian]]|
 
calendar=[[Revised Julian Calendar|Revised Julian]]|
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website=[http://www.imnz.org.nz Greek Metropolis]
 
website=[http://www.imnz.org.nz Greek Metropolis]
 
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The '''Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Zealand''', headquartered in Wellington, is an [[eparchy]] of the [[Church of Constantinople]].  Its current primate is His Eminence [[Metropolitan]] [[Amphilochios (Tsoukos) of New Zealand]].
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
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In 1924, the jurisdiction of New Zealand was transferred to the [[Church of Constantinople]], who sent Christoforos to be the first metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand.  He served until 1929 when he returned to Samos, his homeland.  The next metropolitan was Timotheos, and he arrived in 26 January, 1932, serving until he was elected metropolitan of Rhodes in 1947.  He was replaced by Theophylactos, who served until his death in a car crash on 2 August, 1958.  Ezekiel, then assistant bishop of America, was elected metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand in February 1959, and arrived on 2 April 1959.
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: ''For more detailed history before 1970, See [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand]]''.
  
On 1 September of that year, the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand was elevated to Archdiocese, and Ezekiel to Archbishop.  Later, in 1970, the Holy Synod of the [[Church of Constantinople]] seperated New Zealand from Australia, leaving the Archdiocese of Australia and the Metropolitanate of New Zealand, electing Dionysios to be the first metropolitan of New Zealand and exarch of Korea and Japan.
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Before 1908 New Zealand, along with the rest of the Greek 'diaspora,' was under the omophorion of the [[Church of Jerusalem]]; but, in 1908, jurisdiction over New Zealand was transferred to the newly-recognised [[Church of Greece]].  In 1924, the parishes of Australia and New Zealand - by now Greek in character as well as in name - were formed into a metropolis under the [[Church of Constantinople]].  In 1959, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Australia and New Zealand was elevated to Archdiocese, and Metropolitan [[Ezekiel (Tsoukalas) of Pisidia|Ezekiel]] elevated to Archbishop with itIn 1970, due to the growing size and needs of the Archdiocese, Australia and New Zealand were split into the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia]] under Archbishop Ezekiel, and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Zealand under the newly-elevated Metropolitan [[Dionysios (Psiahas) of Proussa|Dionysios]].
  
In 2003, Dionysios was promoted to the Metropolis of Proussa, promoting Joseph to be the second metropolitan of New Zealand.  In 2004, the decision was made to seperate the exarchate of Korea from New Zealand and to make it a metropolis of its own, leaving Metropolitan Joseph the hierarch of New Zealand alone.
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In 2003, Dionysios was promoted to the Metropolis of Proussa, promoting [[Joseph (Harkiolakis) of New Zealand|Joseph]] to be the second metropolitan of New Zealand.  In 2004, the decision was made to separate the exarchate of Korea from New Zealand and to make it a metropolis of its own, leaving Metropolitan Joseph the sole hierarch in the Metropolis of New Zealand.  In August 2005, Metropolitan Joseph resigned from his see, and has left New Zealand to reside in Greece.  In October 2005, [[Amphilochios (Tsoukos) of New Zealand|Amphilochios]] was promoted to Metropolitan of New Zealand.
  
== Recent History ==
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In recent years, there has been great tension between the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia]] and the current Ecumenical Patriarch, [[Bartholomew I (Archontonis) of Constantinople|Bartholomew I]] concerning the elevation of one of the auxillary bishops of Australia, [[Joseph (Harkiolakis) of New Zealand|Joseph]], to the metropolis of New Zealand.  While some letters were exchanged and published through the Archdiocese-owned Greek newspaper, To Vema, the elevation of Metropolitan Joseph remains in effect and unchanged.
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==Organization==
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== Organisation ==
The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Zealand is a single metropolis with six churches.
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The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Zealand is a single metropolis with seven churches.  The central church, the Archdiocesan Church of St Andrew the First-called, Miramar, is the headquarters of the Metropolis.
  
 
== The Episcopacy ==
 
== The Episcopacy ==
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===Current Episcopacy===
 
===Current Episcopacy===
* Metropolitan [[Joseph (Harkiolakis) of New Zealand|Joseph (Harkiolakis)]] of New Zealand
 
  
===Previous Bishops of the Metropolis===
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* Metropolitan [[Amphilochios (Tsoukos) of New Zealand|Amphilochios]] of New Zealand, Oct 2005-present.
* [[Dionysios of Proussa|Dionysios]] of New Zealand, 1970-2003
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* [[Joseph (Harkiolakis) of New Zealand|Joseph (Harkiolakis)]] of New Zealand, 2003-present
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=== Previous Bishops of the Metropolis ===
* [[Sotirios (Trambas) of Korea|Sotirios (Trambas)]] of Zela (auxiliary bishop in [[Orthodox Metropolis of Korea|Korea]]), 1993-2004
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* [[Dionysios (Psiahas) of Proussa|Dionysios (Psiahas)]], Metropolitan of New Zealand, 1970-2003; Exarch of India, Korea and Japan, 1970-1996; Exarch of Korea and Japan, 1996-2003.
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* [[Sotirios (Trambas) of Korea|Sotirios (Trambas)]] of Zela (auxiliary bishop in [[Orthodox Metropolis of Korea|Korea]]), 1993-2004.
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* Metropolitan [[Joseph (Harkiolakis) of New Zealand|Joseph (Harkiolakis)]] of New Zealand, 2003-2005.
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== See also ==
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* [[List of parishes in the North Island (NZ)]]
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* [[List of parishes in the South Island (NZ)]]
  
 
== External links ==
 
== External links ==
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* [http://www.imnz.org.nz Official Website of the Metropolis]
 
* [http://www.imnz.org.nz Official Website of the Metropolis]
 
* [http://www.patriarchate.org/ Official Website of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople]
 
* [http://www.patriarchate.org/ Official Website of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople]
 
  
 
[[Category:Jurisdictions]]
 
[[Category:Jurisdictions]]
[[Category:Orthodoxy_in_New_Zealand]]
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[[Category:Orthodoxy in New Zealand]]
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[[Category:Dioceses]]
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[[Category:Ecumenical Patriarchate Dioceses|New Zealand]]
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[[fr:Métropole orthodoxe grecque de Nouvelle-Zélande]]

Latest revision as of 09:33, March 12, 2009

Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Zealand
Jurisdiction Constantinople
Diocese type Metropolis
Founded 1970
Current bishop Met. Amphilochios
See(s) Wellington
Headquarters Wellington, New Zealand
Territory New Zealand
Liturgical language(s) Greek, English
Musical tradition Byzantine Chant
Calendar Revised Julian
Population estimate 9,588 (2001 Census, all Orthodox included)
Official website Greek Metropolis

The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Zealand, headquartered in Wellington, is an eparchy of the Church of Constantinople. Its current primate is His Eminence Metropolitan Amphilochios (Tsoukos) of New Zealand.

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History

For more detailed history before 1970, See Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand.

Before 1908 New Zealand, along with the rest of the Greek 'diaspora,' was under the omophorion of the Church of Jerusalem; but, in 1908, jurisdiction over New Zealand was transferred to the newly-recognised Church of Greece. In 1924, the parishes of Australia and New Zealand - by now Greek in character as well as in name - were formed into a metropolis under the Church of Constantinople. In 1959, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Australia and New Zealand was elevated to Archdiocese, and Metropolitan Ezekiel elevated to Archbishop with it. In 1970, due to the growing size and needs of the Archdiocese, Australia and New Zealand were split into the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia under Archbishop Ezekiel, and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Zealand under the newly-elevated Metropolitan Dionysios.

In 2003, Dionysios was promoted to the Metropolis of Proussa, promoting Joseph to be the second metropolitan of New Zealand. In 2004, the decision was made to separate the exarchate of Korea from New Zealand and to make it a metropolis of its own, leaving Metropolitan Joseph the sole hierarch in the Metropolis of New Zealand. In August 2005, Metropolitan Joseph resigned from his see, and has left New Zealand to reside in Greece. In October 2005, Amphilochios was promoted to Metropolitan of New Zealand.

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Organisation

The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Zealand is a single metropolis with seven churches. The central church, the Archdiocesan Church of St Andrew the First-called, Miramar, is the headquarters of the Metropolis.

The Episcopacy

Current Episcopacy

  • Metropolitan Amphilochios of New Zealand, Oct 2005-present.

Previous Bishops of the Metropolis

See also

External links

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