Bishop in boots for market

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The Anglican Bishop of Waikato, the Reverend Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, was in boots ‘n’ all for this month’s Tamahere Market.

Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley (right) gets the market lowdown from organiser Jane Manson
Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley (right) gets the market lowdown from organiser Jane Manson

Bishop Hartley, installed as the seventh Anglican Bishop of Waikato in February, the first woman to hold the office, was about early and went prepared for any market day weather by wearing gumboots.

Her early start meant she could conduct the short prayer service held in St Stephen’s Church before each market.

Bishop Hartley, who succeeded Archbishop David Moxon as Bishop of Waikato, spent time wandering the market, talking to stall-holders and market-goers and, naturally, making the occasional purchase. She reportedly went home with new-to-the-market, manuka-smoked coffee beans which she put in a bag bought from Freeset, a charity for Indian women.

Bishop Hartley’s appointment as Bishop of Waikato may be an inspired choice, wrote Denise Irvine in the Waikato Times late last year.

The Tamahere Market is run by St Stephen’s Church, which uses funds raised for its welfare projects.

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