Luxford new moderator

Rose Luxford. Photo: ODT files
Rose Luxford. Photo: ODT files
A Dunedin-born woman calls her instalment as the new leader of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand a "surprising honour".

The church has appointed the Right Rev Rose Luxford, of Oamaru, as the new moderator.

She has become the fifth woman to lead the church in 122 years.

Ms Luxford studied for a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of divinity degree at the University of Otago.

She studied at the Presbyterian Theological Hall in Dunedin before ministering at Iona Presbyterian Church and later St Paul’s Maheno-Otepopo Presbyterian Church in Oamaru.