Archbishop Philip Richardson
The Most Reverend Philip Richardson is Bishop of Taranaki and Senior Bishop of New Zealand Dioceses and Te Pīhopa Mātāmua (Primate), and Archbishop of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.
Archbishop Philip was installed at St Mary’s Cathedral, Taranaki as Archbishop and Te Pīhopa Mātāmua on 1 May 2013, succeeding Archbishop Sir David Moxon.
Following his ordination into Holy Orders, Archbishop Philip served as Curate Assistant in St Heliers Bay, Auckland, Curate Assistant in Whangarei, Curate Assistant in Roselyn, Dunedin, Vicar in St Kilda’s, Dunedin, Warden of Selwyn College, Dunedin, and as Bishop in Taranaki, Bishop of Taranaki, and Te Pīhopa Mātāmua and Archbishop.
In his ministry, Archbishop Philip has sought to lead the church to serve those outside of itself, especially the people who are most vulnerable in society. Before his ordination, Archbishop Philip encountered the realities of poverty locally and internationally. This encounter influenced and defined his priorities in ministry as a servant of Christ.