Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Zealand
|Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Zealand|
|Current bishop||Met. Amphilochios|
|Headquarters||Wellington, New Zealand|
|Liturgical language(s)||Greek, English|
|Musical tradition||Byzantine Chant|
|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.
- 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.
|This article forms part of the series|
|Orthodoxy in NZ - Timeline |
Gk Orthodox Archd. of ANZ
|Greek - Met Amphilochios|
Antiochian - Apr Jack Witbrock
ROCOR - Apr Vladimir Boikov
Serbian - Apr Velibor Bojičić
Romanian - Bp Mihail
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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.
- Metropolitan Amphilochios of New Zealand, Oct 2005-present.
Previous Bishops of the Metropolis
- Dionysios (Psiahas), Metropolitan of New Zealand, 1970-2003; Exarch of India, Korea and Japan, 1970-1996; Exarch of Korea and Japan, 1996-2003.
- Sotirios (Trambas) of Zela (auxiliary bishop in Korea), 1993-2004.
- Metropolitan Joseph (Harkiolakis) of New Zealand, 2003-2005.