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Halapua: The Only Way Forward is for Leaders to Work Together

The outgoing head of the Anglican Church’s Diocese of Polynesia says given the current social, economic and environmental issues, the only way forward is for leaders to work together. Archbishop
25 Jun 2018 11:58
Halapua: The Only Way Forward is for Leaders to Work Together
The outgoing head of the Anglican Church’s Diocese of Polynesia Archbishop Winston Halapua.

The outgoing head of the Anglican Church’s Diocese of Polynesia says given the current social, economic and environmental issues, the only way forward is for leaders to work together.

Archbishop Winston Halapua, who retires in August, said: “The important thing for me that I will always treasure is the opportunity to work among the people in these times of rapid changes.

“When we have a context like this, we need a kind of leadership that makes our contribution distinct in order to assist us in our way forward.

“For me, what is really important is the leadership has come together. This is done through the important of the notion Talanoa which I first started for his/her leadership.”

Fiji is not the same as yesterday, now there is an intention, willingness, and readiness shown by the people, he said.

Archibishop Halapua was farewelled during a visit to the Moana Anglican Services and Teaching at Des Voeux Road in Suva on Saturday.

“The most beautiful thing that we arrive at today is to accept the things around us like climate change, corruption, extremists, and tension everywhere. The only way forward is for leaders to work together,” he said.

“I have seen that in my time here and I am very proud that God has brought me here to be part of what we are building in Fiji.”

Meanwhile, the Anglican Church website www.anglicanink.com said Archibishop Halapua’s successor would be elected in January 2019, and that during that time, the Bishop in Vanua Levu and Taveuni, the Reverend Apimeleki Qiliho, would serve as vicar-general of the diocese that encompasses  Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Islands.

Archbishop Halapua, 73, has spent 52 years of his life serving the Anglican Church. For the past eight years he served as the Archbishop of the Diocese of Polynesia.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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