17 Aug 2011

Archbishop of York pays respects to Sir Paul

2:00 pm on 17 August 2011

The Archbishop of York has paid his respects to the late Sir Paul Reeves.

Sir Paul, a former Governor General and Archbishop of New Zealand, died on Sunday at the age of 78.

Archbishop John Sentamu spent time with Sir Paul during a visit to New Zealand last year.

On Wednesday, he visited the Holy Sepulchre Church in Auckland, where Sir Paul has been lying in state since Monday.

He praised Sir Paul as someone who spoke in a simple, direct way, without ever seeming to get angry at others.

He sang a song in his native Ugandan language and gave a silver plate and a flag of the Anglican communion to Lady Beverley Reeves.

The Anglican Church says his visit is in recognition of Sir Paul's mana within the Anglican Communion.

Archbishop Sentamu was a High Court Judge in Uganda, before fleeing the regime of Idi Amin.

He is now the second highest ranking bishop in the Church of England, after the Archbishop of Canterbury.

A state funeral will be held for Sir Paul in Auckland on Thursday.

The service will be broadcast live on Radio New Zealand National.