One of the strengths of Anglicanism is that our Synod offers “people on the pews” and clergy a voice and voting rights on issues affecting the church. This style of active listening and democracy celebrates the opinions and diversity that exist within our Diocese.  

Our church is ruled by the Constitution and Canons with General Synod as the national governing body.  We also have our own local Synod and statutes for governance at a Diocesan level. The Diocesan council looks after the responsibilities of Synod between sessions.  At a Parish level the vestry is the governing body whereas Mission Districts and Local Shared Ministry units are governed by a Council. The Administration Handbook assists administrators, Vestry, Council and others to operate their Ministry Units effectively. Click here for parts of the Administration Handbook, Canons and Statutes.

About Synod

General synod meets biannually and is the governing body for the whole Anglican Church in New Zealand. General Synod is made up of delegations of bishops, clergy and laity drawn from each of the Five Hui Amorangi of Te Pihopatanga o Aotearoa, from each of the Seven Dioceses in New Zealand and the Diocese of Polynesia.  Between sessions of General Synod Members from the Dioceses of Tikanga Pakeha meet at the Inter Diocesan Conference.   There are three major tasks to be attended to at both General and Diocesan Synod meetings

  1. To receive reports from the many commissions, agencies and organisations of the church's life and witness
  2. To elect persons to the many bodies that carry out specialist and ongoing support work for the life of the church
  3. To pass laws that will regulate the common life of the church as a whole

In the Diocese, Synod is a representative body of the whole Diocese gathered under the leadership of the Bishop and working within the constraints of General Synod Canons. It is a place where licensed clergy, elected laity and other members of Synod come together to worship, sing, work, debate and plan for the future.  The triennial Synod meets annually.

The Composition of Diocesan Synod:
  • The Diocesan Bishop
  • Any Assistant Bishop of the Diocese
  • Every ordained minister licensed by the Bishop to an ecclesiastical office in the Diocese except that of Local Priest/Deacon
  • Any lay person holding a licence as a Diocesan Lay Minister or an appointment as Archdeacon for so long as they are active in such ministry and such licence subsists
  • Two lay Synod Representatives elected by each parish and mission district
  • Four Synod Representatives elected by the Youth Synod
  • Two Synod Representatives elected by the Association of Anglican Women
  • Two Synod Representatives elected by the Mothers’ Union
  • Synod Representatives (either clergy or laity) elected by each Local Shared Ministry Unit
  • CEO's  of  Auckland City Mission, Selwyn Foundation, Anglican Trust for Women & Children
  • The Chancellor, or Chancellor locum tenens, ex officio.


Next Diocesan Synod Meeting

The second session of the Fifty Fifth Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Auckland will be held from Thursday 7 September to Saturday 9 September 2017 at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell

 Diocesan Synod Documents

Documents for Diocesan Synod can be read by clicking here

About Diocesan Council - Latest Council Minutes

The function and responsibilities of Diocesan Council are to coordinate the diverse mission emphases of the Diocese by providing policies and decision-making processes which will enable the Diocese to fulfil its mission through various agencies.

The Diocesan council looks after the responsibilities of Synod between sessions with the exception of specified Standing Orders/Resolutions and Statutes of the Synod.  The Council has authority to further delegate its powers to individuals, committees or boards, with particular reference to the sector councils.  Diocesan Council members serve a 3 year term, one third of members must retire each year.


Diocesan Council Members

The Rt Rev Ross Bay
The Rt Rev Jim White
The Rev Clare Barrie – Vicar, St Lukes Mt Albert
The Rev Richard Bonifant – Vicar, St Andrews Epsom
The Rev Lucy Nguyen – Chaplain, Middlemore Hospital
The Rev Bryan Haggit – Priest-in-Charge, Glenfield

The Rev Allan Burnett - Priest in Charge, Whangarei Anglican
The Rev Jordan Greatbatch - Vicar, All Saints Birkenhead
Ms Megan Bowden QSM – Synod rep, Milford
Mr Graham Jones – Synod rep, Orakei
Mr David Howe - Synod Rep, Auckland CBD
Mrs Jackie Addis – Synod rep, Ponsonby
Mrs Deborah Rolland – Synod rep, Titirangi
Ms Karen Spoelstra – Diocesan Youth Facilitator
Mr Garry Smith – CEO, Selwyn Foundation
Ms Tricia Hall – Synod rep, Grey Lynn




Below you can find the minutes from each meeting:









Youth Synod

Youth Synod works in co-operation and partnership with other Synods, Hui and Youth Work agencies. They meet annually prior to the Diocesan Synod.  Each Parish, Mission District or Ministry Unit is able to elect a Youth Synod representative at their AGM of parishioners or members of the worshipping community associated with the Ministry Unit. Anglican Secondary Schools are also entitled to elect a Youth Synod representative, whose appointment is confirmed by the Principal and/or Chaplain.  
The purpose of Youth Synod is to:

  • Provide an annual overview of youth and church matters
  • Receive reports on the previous years Diocesan youth ministry activities
  • Elect Youth Representatives to Diocesan Synod and other bodies as necessary.
  • Forward any business matters to Diocesan Synod
  • Future plan for Anglican Youth Ministries.


For a full description please refer to the Parish Statute in our resources section or by clicking here.

Parish, LSM and Mission District (referred to as Ministry Units) governing bodies are responsible for:

  • promoting the worship of God 
  • enabling ministry to be provided to members of the Ministry Unit
  • working together to foster spiritual growth within the Ministry Unit
  • all matters affecting the governance, finance, administration and property of the Ministry Unit
Vestry as the governing body of a Parish comprises:
  • the Vicar
  • the Churchwardens
  • the Synod Representatives
  • persons who have been appointed by a resolution of a General Meeting - applies to;
    • ordained ministers licensed to the Parish
    • employees of the Parish
  • elected members
Mission District Governing Body comprises:
  • the Priest-in-Charge
  • the Churchwardens
  • the Synod Representatives
  • elected members
Council as governing body of a Local Shared Ministry unit comprises:
  • the Synod Representatives
  • elected members