The first Russian Orthodox churches in New Zealand were established in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in the 1950s by Mitred Archpriest Alexey Gavrilovitch Godyaew
Born 8 February 1900 Bolshaya Utcha, Russia.
Married Anna Muhlen in Paris in 1930.
Died at home 19 March 1991.
Father's Name: Gavriil Godyaew.
Mother's Name: Antonina Godyaew nee Bargina.
Buried at Waikanae Cemetery.
Fr Alexey travelled extensively pastoring the parishes until his retirement.