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Timeline of Orthodoxy in New Zealand

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Immigrants from the Middle East and Greece (1948-1974)
::First Antiochian Orthodox hierarch, Bishop [[Gibran (Ramlawey) of Australia and New Zealand|Gibran (Ramlawey)]] of [[Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand|Australia and New Zealand]], arrives in Australia.
*1970 Jan: Patriarchate of Constantinople creates [[Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Zealand]] separating it from the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia]]. [[Dionysios (Psiahas) of Proussa|Dionysios (Psiahas)]] elected Metropolitan of New Zealand and Exarch of India, Korea and Japan.
*1971: Anglican priest [[Fr Jack Witbrock]], converts to Orthodoxy.
*1972 Sep: Bishop Gibran ordains Fr Jack Witbrock to the diaconate and priesthood in Saint Nicholas Church, Melbourne. Appoints Fr Jack as Rector of Saint Michael Church, Dunedin. Fr Jack visits Dunedin, NZ a month later.
*1973 Antiochian Mission in Christchurch begins, regularly visited by Fr Jack.

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