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Centre for Anglican Women's Studies

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Happiness, sadness, reflection, anger and laugh out loud humour -all can be found in our latest publication. Deep spirituality, theological reflection, profound faith and aroha are also in these pages.

Over forty Anglican women priests have written their stories, contributing to a beautiful, moving account of their lives, before during and after the history making decision to ordain women as Priests in the Anglican Church of these islands.

Women were encouraged to write in their own voice, thus revealing the texture of our three tikanga church, and the sacredness of each story. 


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Painting and other art forms included in this book show how scripture can become the sacred thread and be relevant in today's world.

The combination of the theological reflections, along with the skills of the Wahine, make this a unique tangoa.

Available from General Synod Office on +64 (0)9 5214439 or - $25 + p&p.

Publication sponsored by the COUNCIL FOR ANGLICAN WOMENS STUDIES. The Anglican church in Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia.


Latest publication - Vashti's Banquet - essays to mark the 25th anniversary of the ordination of the 1st woman diocesan bishop in the Anglican Communion: The Rt Rev'd Dr Penelope Jamieson.

Available from General Synod Office on +64 (0)9 5214439 or - $25 + p&p.


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Publication of Leaders Like Lydia

Leaders Like Lydia Book - Anglican Taonga advert revised

Leaders Like Lydia: a theological discourse in raranga, siapo & word,

is a collection of prayers, poems and theological reflections on women's creative experience.

Available from General Synod Office for $10 plus P&P. 09 5214439 or


Publication of Contextual Theology - click below

Paperback - $20.00 plus p & p, from General Synod Office

Pasefika book launch story -


Publication of Lenten Studies - click below (now out of print!)


40th Anniversary of Womens Ordination to Priesthood 3 Dec 1977 (2017)


Gender Justice Study Resource

The International Anglican Women's Network (IAWN) steering group convened an exceptional group of Anglican theologians from New Zealand, Philippines, USA, India, Kenya, UK, Brazil and South Africa who have developed study materials for a course on ‘God’s Justice: Just Relationships between Women and Men, Girls and Boys’.


2018 Hui

Anglican Women’s Studies Centre Hui 2018

20 & 21 October 2018 (NZ’s Labour Weekend)

Venue:  Tanoa Hotel, Nadi, Fiji Islands

This is an opportunity for All Anglican women from the three tikanga to come together and enjoy learning about Pacifica Perspectives in Valuing Tradition, Religion & Arts with our tikanga Pacifica sisters.

Watch this space for more details as they come to hand from the Organising Committee.

2016 Hui

2016 Hui Advert - Keeping It Real - final

2014 HUI - Treasuring Women in Ministry

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2013 HUI - Leaders Like Lydia

2013 HUi

Listen to a Radio NZ interview from the Hui here:

Lisa Thompson from Radio New Zealand was present through some of the Leaders Like Lydia hui. Lisa interviewed the members of the Council and Annette Cater and her radio programme is on this link below.


2020 - 2022 Council

Members of the Centre for Anglican Women's Studies Council

Rev'd Bettina Maxwell, Ruihana Paenga, The Ven Canon Helen Roud, Rev'd Val Riches, Zita Reid, Kelera Oli.

Ruihana Paenga, National Rangatahi Coordinator Te Pīhopatanga o Aotearoa

Ruihana has been part of the AWSC since 2014 as a link representative, and she is excited and honored to step-up to the role of council member.  She is interested in the origins of the AWSC and hopes to contribute to a legacy of female leadership that enhances that which she stands upon. 

Ruihana is the National Youth Coordinator for Tikanga Māori working with youth enablers, developing the next generation of leadership in the Church.  She would like to see provincial bodies collaborating more, so they can better plan how tikanga roles can be supported to achieve our dreams and aspirations for developing young female leaders and academics.

Ruihana Paenga

Kelera Oli, New Councillor for tikanga Pasefika.

Kelera Oli

I am excited to expand the scope of my work in God’s calling, in the Women’s Ministry.

Kelera Oli was born into a Christian family and baptized in the Anglican Church in Naviavia, Savusavu in 1966 and confirmed for Holy Communion in 1979 at St John’s Church, Wailoku, Suva.

Kelera is experienced in all the groups within the church particularly in the Women’s groups. She has played an active part of the Association of Anglican Women for about 30 years and has served the leadership team for more than 10 years. She is also affiliated with the Mother’s Union .

Kelera has participated as a liturgist and preacher for more than 10 years and a Licensed Lay Minister for 2 years. She is currently a vestry member at the St Matthew’s Church in Suva and representative to the Diocesan Synod and its Standing Committee.

As well as her extensive Church work, Kelera has worked as an Environmental Health Officer for the Fijian government for about 25 years.

I have been specializing in Climate Change and Health supported by WHO for more than 5 years now.

I have 4 children, 1 grandchild and 2 daughters-in-law; 4 sisters, 2 brothers (1 deceased) and many nephews and nieces with their own little families.

Kelera believes that time management and setting right priorities in her daily schedule are important in maintaining a balance in her professional life, church (spiritual) life, family time and obligations, and community and friendship network.

2018-2020 Council

Members of the Centre for Anglican Women's Studies Council - 2018-20 (Rev'd Bettina Maxwell, Rev'd Numia Tomoana - Convenor, Rev'd Evelini Langi, Mrs Kelera (Nai) Cokanasiga, Ven Canon Helen Roud, Ven Val Riches).

2018-2020 AWSC Council

Nai Cokanasiga, Ceridwyn Parr (administrator), Bettina Maxwell, Evelini Langi, Val Riches, Helen Roud, Numia Tomoana (Convenor).

2016-2018 Council

Members of the Centre for Anglican Women's Studies Council - 2016-18 (Ven Mere Wallace, Rev'd Numia Tomoana, Ven Carole Hughes - Convenor, Rev'd Ellen Berstein, Rev'd Evelini Langi, Mrs Nai Cokanasiga).

2014-2016 Council

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Members of the Centre for Anglican Women's Studies Council - 2014-16 (Rev'd Canon Mere Wallace, Ven Carole Hughes - Convenor, Rev'd Numia Tomoana, Rev'd Erice Fairbrother, Rev'd Amy Chambers, Absent - Rev'd Eveline Langi)

2012-2014 Council

Council Members

Members of the Centre for Anglican Women's Studies Council - 2013 (Rev'd Canon Mere Wallace, Rev'd Amy Chambers, Ven Carole Hughes - Convenor, Rev'd Numia Tomoana, Rev'd Erice Fairbrother, Rev'd Brenda Sio)

2008-2010-2012 Council

Dr Jenny Plane-Te Paa - Convenor, The Rev'd Canon Mere Wallace, Archdeacon Taimalelagi Matalavea, The Rev'd Amy Chambers, The Rev'd Carole Hughes, The Rev'd Erice Fairbrother

2012 HUI

2012 Hui Photo


May 2011 Ordination in Suva of Women's Centre Links - Rev'd Brenda Sio - Priest (Samoa) and Rev'd Ema Hala'api'api - Deacon (Fiji), flanked by Council members Archdeacon Taimalelagi Matalavea, Rev'd Carole Hughes, and Revd Amy Chambers.

2010 HUI

2010 Hui Participants

Participants at the 2010 Three Tikanga Centre for Anglican Women's Studies Hui at St John's Theological College, Auckland

Council Members

Members of the Centre for Anglican Women's Studies Council - October 2010 (Rev'd Canon Mere Wallace, Rev'd Amy Chambers, Venerable Taimalelagi Matalavea, Rev'd Erice Fairbrother, Rev'd Carole Hughes - Convenor, Dr Jenny Te Paa)

Council Members

CAWS June 2010

Some Council Members with Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori of The Episcopal Church of the United States of America on a 2010 visit to Aotearoa New Zealand

The Women’s Studies Centre was set up to serve and to advance the interests and needs of the women of this Church particularly those undertaking Theological training. Ensuring that women’s voices and stories are heard now and in the future is also one of our continued aims whether it be by traditional methods of publication or using more contemporary technologies like website publication. We remain optimistic that through continued support the needs of women throughout this Province will be valued and recognized.

Contact: PO Box 87188, Meadowbank, Auckland 1742, NEW ZEALAND

Anglican General Synod Office, Phone: +64 9 521 4439, Fax: +64 9 521 4490

Administrator, Ceridwyn Parr, 0275 73 80 73


Below are recent Newsletters, a link to the IAWN, and a list of the Council Membership

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Link to IAWN - the International Anglican Women's Network - for reports and resources


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