18 Mar 2012

Archbishop of Canterbury to visit Christchurch

9:15 am on 18 March 2012

New Zealand is to host the head of the Anglican Church in November.

It will be the final international duty for the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, before he stands down at the end of the year.

Dr Williams, who has been in the position for 10 years, is resigning to take up a position at Cambridge University.

He will visit Christchurch in November to offer his support to the quake-ravaged city.

The Bishop of Christchurch, Victoria Matthews, says it will be an honour to welcome him.

Bishop Matthews says Dr Williams has done a good job of steering the church away from focusing too narrowly on matters of scripture, and reminding people about more important issues such as poverty and conflict.

She says it will also be an opportunity to pay tribute to a man who has led the church through a difficult period, especially around the ordination of women.