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*1931 Sep 18: [[Timotheos (Evangelinides) of Rhodes|Timotheos (Evangelinides)]] elected Metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand by Ecumenical Patriarchate.
 
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*1932 Jul 26: Metropolitan Timotheos (Evangelinides) arrives in Australia.

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This is a timeline of the Orthodox presence in New Zealand.

First Wave of Immigrants

  • 1850s: Massacres of Orthodox Christians by the Ottoman Turks in Lebanon, Mount Lebanon, Syria, and other parts of the Middle East see a great displacement of Orthodox from these regions.
  • 1880s: Numbers of Arabic speaking Orthodox arrive in Australia and some move from there to New Zealand.
  • 1890s: Russian, Syrian, and Greeks set up community worship groups where all involved are welcome.
  • 1898: Patriarch of Constantinople refuses to recognise newly elected Arabic speaking Patriarch of Antioch and All the East. This fractures the Orthodox communites around the world.
Patriarch of Jerusalem considered neutral in this dispute and asked to send out priests for Australia and New Zealand.
  • 1902: Church of Greece takes responsibility for Greek-speaking parishes in Australasia from the Church of Jerusalem.
  • 1908: Ecumenical Patriarchate arbitrates and grants jurisdiction of Greek parishes in Australasia to the Church of Greece.
  • 1910: Hmk Nicholas (Manavitch) (Russian), the first Orthodox priest to reside in New Zealand, arrives.
  • 1911 Jan 11: First church in New Zealand, St Michael's, blessed in Dunedin by Hmk Fr Nicholas.
  • 1913: Fr Nicholas Shehadie appointed Patriarchal Exarch for Australia and New Zealand by His Beatitude Gregorious Haddad of Antioch.
Hmk Fr Nicholas leaves New Zealand for Sydney, Australia. No priest left in New Zealand.
  • 1916: Exarch Nicholas Shehadie visits New Zealand for 2-3 months. Conducts services throughout New Zealand. After his departure there is, again, no priest in New Zealand.
  • 1919: Exarchate of Australia and New Zealand (Antiochian) is confirmed as permanent by Patriarch of Antioch.

Second Wave of Immigrants

  • 1924 Mar 7: Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Australia and New Zealand established by Ecumenical Patriarchate.
Jul 8: Metropolitan Christoforos (Knitis) of Australia and New Zealand (Greek) arrives.
  • 1928: Metropolitan Christoforos (Knitis) deposed, exiled to Samos.
  • 1931 Sep 18: Timotheos (Evangelinides) elected Metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand by Ecumenical Patriarchate.
  • 1932 Jul 26: Metropolitan Timotheos (Evangelinides) arrives in Australia.
  • 1937: Archimandrite Antonious (Mobayed) (Antiochian) arrives in New Zealand and stays for several months. Transfers responsibility for church to local Anglican clergy as a temporary measure. Fr Antonious last visits New Zealand in 1939.
  • 1947 Apr 22: Archimandrite Theophylactos (Papathanasopoulos) elected Metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand by Ecumenical Patriarchate.
  • 1948 Nov: Bishop Theodore (Rafalsky) (ROCOR) arrives in Australia.
  • 1958 Aug 2: Metropolitan Theophylactos (Papathanasopoulos) killed in car accident in Melbourne.
  • 1959 Apr 27: Metropolitan Ezekiel (Tsoukalas) Greek Metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand arrives in Australia.
Sep 1: The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Australia and New Zealand becomes the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand, and Metropolitan Ezekiel becomes Archbishop.
  • 1969: Metropolitan Iakovos of Philadelphia, Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, arrives in Australia to consider future of the Greek churches of Australia and of New Zealand.
First Antiochian Orthodox hierarch, Bishop Gibran (Ramlawey) of Australia and New Zealand, arrives in Australia.

Third Wave of Immigrants

  • 1970 Jan: New Zealand separates from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, becoming a separate Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Zealand. Dionysios elected Metropolitan of New Zealand and Exarch of India, Korea and Japan.
  • 1971: Fr Jack Witbrock, a former Anglican priest, converts to Orthodoxy.
  • 1972 Sep: Bishop Gibran visits NZ and ordains Fr Jack Witbrock to the diaconate and priesthood. Assigns Fr Jack to serve St Michael's in Dunedin. Fr Jack serves in Dunedin for 12 years.
  • 1973 Antiochian Mission at Christchurch begins.
  • 1974 Dec 30: First local Serbian Orthodox hierarch of Australia and New Zealand, Bishop Nikolai (Mrdja), enthroned in Australia.
  • 1987 Fr Ilyan Eades ordained deacon and then priest by Bishop Gibran (Antiochian) in Auckland, is appointed Rector of Auckland, and moves to Auckland.
  • 1992 Oct: Fr Ilyan Eades moves from Auckland to Dunedin to pastor St Michael's Dunedin and Invercargill mission.
  • 1996 Nov: The first Pastoral vist by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I to New Zealand
  • 1996: Exarchate of India removed from Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Zealand and allocated to the newly-established (Greek) Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia.
  • 1999 Jan 16: Repose of Bishop Gibran, Patriarchal Vicar of Australia and New Zealand (Antiochian). Subsequent election and consecration of Archimandrite Paul Saliba as Metropolitan Archbishop of Australia and New Zealand (Antiochian).
  • 2000: Metropolitan Archbishop Paul makes first archpastoral visit to New Zealand. Fr Jack Witbrock and Fr Ilyan Eades elevated to archpriest. Fr Ian Nield ordained deacon, then priest, by Metropolitan Archbishop Paul, and appointed head of the newly-established Wellington mission.
  • 2001 April: First Clergy Conference of Australia and New Zealand (Antiochian) held in Sydney Australia.
  • 2002 May: Second Clergy Conference of Australia and New Zealand (Antiochian) held in Sydney Australia.
  • 2003: Metropolitan Dionysios (Psiahas) of New Zealand elected Metropolitan of Proussa (Greek). Joseph (Harkiolakis) elected Metropolitan of New Zealand, Exarch of Korea and Japan (Greek).
Jan: Fr Victor Didenco from Moldova received into Antiochian Archdiocese and apppointed head of mission in Christchurch.
April: Third Clergy Conference of Australia and New Zealand (Antiochian) held in Melbourne Australia.
July: New Zealand Deanery of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand created. Archpriest Jack Witbrock appointed Dean.
  • 2004 May: Fourth Clergy Conference of Australia and New Zealand (Antiochian) held in Wollongong Australia.
(Greek) Orthodox Metropolis of Korea created, taking with it the exarchate of Japan. Church of Japan objects to creating of parallel jurisdiction within its territory. Sotirios (Trambas), former auxiliary bishop to the Metropolitan of New Zealand, elected first metropolitan of Korea.
  • 2005 May: Fifth Clergy Conference of Australia and New Zealand (Antiochian) held in Wollongong Australia.
Aug: Metropolitan Joseph submits his resignation from the see of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Zealand and moves to Athens.
Oct: Amphilochios elected Metropolitan of New Zealand.
Nov: Monastery of St. Andrew founded.
  • 2006 May: Sixth Clergy Conference of Australia and New Zealand (Antiochian) held in Wollongong Australia.

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