It is with great sadness, Bishop John Robert Kuru Gray, Pihopa o Te Waipounamu, passed away at 10am today, Friday 13th November 2015.
Bishop John will lie in state at Te Hepara Pai, 290 Ferry Road, Christchurch. He will remain at Te Hepara Pai for the next two days before before he travels back home to be buried at Tokomaru Bay, north of Gisborne.
He was ordained deacon in 1982, priest in 1983 and consecrated Bishop on 17 February 1996, and is the first Māori bishop of the South Island, Aotearoa – New Zealand.
Moe mai e te Rangatira, e te pononga a te Atua, moe mai
Hui Amorangi o Te Waipounamu/ Te Whare Wānanga o Te Waipounamu
PO Box 10086 or 290 Ferry Road