Church leader made Knight Companion

David Moxon
David Moxon
An Anglican Church leader has been knighted in the New Year Honours.

The Most Reverend David Moxon has been made a knight companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the Anglican Church.

Until April this year, Sir David was the Bishop of Waikato, Senior Bishop of the New Zealand Dioceses and an Archbishop of the Anglican Church in New Zealand and Polynesia.

After resigning his New Zealand posts, he moved to Rome where he is now the Archbishop of Canterbury's Representative to the Holy See and director of the Anglican Centre in Rome.

At the time, Sir David said the decision to move to the Vatican was a "huge responsibility" that he had wrestled with.

"I do feel now that this is a genuine call on my life and that I ought to give it 120 per cent," he told the Herald in 2012.

Sir David was born and raised in Palmerston North and studied at the University of Canterbury where he graduated with a BA in Education and Psychology before obtaining an MA with Honours in Education and Sociology at Massey University in 1976.

Before entering the church in 1978, he served a term as a youth worker with Volunteer Service Abroad in Fiji and worked as a tutor in education.

He served in various dioceses between 1978 and 1987, when he was appointed Director of Theological Education by Extension.

In 1993 he became the youngest New Zealand bishop of his time when he was consecrated Bishop of Waikato.

He has chaired a number of projects and groups, and is still currently the Anglican chair of of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission, a fellow of St Margaret's College at the University of Otago and an honorary fellow of St Peter's College at the University of Oxford.

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