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Dean of Akld cathedral takes on Canterbury

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/09/2016

The woman in charge of Auckland's Anglican cathedral is moving to England to take a senior role at Canterbury Cathedral, the spiritual home of the church.

Jo Kelly-Moore, dean of Auckland's Holy Trinity Cathedral, is to be the next archdeacon of Canterbury in the UK.

She will move to England after Christmas to work with the Bishop of Dover, Trevor Willmott, to oversee the archdeaconry, and her role will also include becoming vice-dean of Canterbury Cathedral.

Ms Kelly-Moore moved into her Holy Trinity Cathedral role after serving six years as vicar of St Aidan's Anglican Church in Remuera.

Before training for ministry she was a lawyer, both in New Zealand and in London.

Bishops Ross Bay and Jim White, the Anglican bishops of Auckland, say the appointment is well deserved.

"There will be a real sadness," says Bishop Ross, "in bidding farewell to Dean Jo, her husband Paul and sons Adam and Nathan. But the role is an exciting opportunity and she will bring perspectives from New Zealand to England and the wider Anglican Communion."

Ms Kelly-Moore has been dean of Auckland since August 2010, during which time she successfully drove a $14.9 million project to complete the cathedral.

She says she will be sad to leave Auckland but is excited about what lies ahead.

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