Sir David Moxon
“I was born and raised in Palmerston North for the first eighteen years of my life. It will always be home to me and a place where I was encouraged to reach my full potential.”
Sir David John Moxon is a New Zealand Anglican bishop. He was, until June 2017, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative to the Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome. In the 2014 New Year Honours, he was appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the Anglican Church.
Sir David was born in Palmerston North, New Zealand, in 1951. He was educated at Freyberg High School, where he was head boy. After one year at Massey University Palmerston North in 1971, he then attended the University of Canterbury/College House, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education and psychology in 1974, before studying again at Massey University, where he graduated with a master’s degree with honours in education and sociology in 1976. In 1975, as an ordinand for the Diocese of Waiapu, he studied theology at the University of Oxford Honours School, based at St Peter’s College. He graduated from Oxford with a bachelor’s degree with honours in 1978 and a master’s degree in 1982. He also gained a Certificate in Maori Studies from Waikato University and a Licentiate in Theology LTh) from the Bishopric of Aotearoa.
Before training to become a priest, in 1970 Moxon served a one-year term as a youth worker with Volunteer Service Abroad in Fiji, and then worked as a tutor in the Education Department at Massey University during 1974-75. In 1978 Moxon was appointed a deacon curate at Havelock North, and in 1979 he was ordained as a priest in the Diocese of Waiapu. He remained at Havelock North until 1981, and was then appointed Vicar at Gate Pa, Tauranga, where he served for six years. In 1987 Moxon was appointed Director of Theological Education by Extension for the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia, a position he held until 1993. On 13 August 1993, Moxon was consecrated a diocesan bishop in Hamilton, New Zealand, replacing Roger Herft as Bishop of Waikato.
In 2006, Moxon was appointed as the archbishop of the New Zealand dioceses and in 2008, a primate of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and the Pacific, as part of New Zealand’s new tripartite model of Anglican episcopacy.
It was announced on 4 December 2012 that Moxon was to resign his Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia posts following his appointment as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative to the Holy See and director of the Anglican Centre in Rome. Moxon was named an archbishop emeritus of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia on 16 April 2013 by the General Synod / Te Hinota Whanui. He began his ministry in Rome on 10 May 2013 and attended the first meeting between the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and Pope Francis, in Rome on 14 June 2013.
In May 2015, Moxon was awarded a Doctorate of Literature (honoris causa) by Massey University. In April 2016 he was made an honorary Doctor of the University by the University of Waikato.
During Moxon’s time in Rome the Anglican Centre has focused its mission aspect on ecumenical education and networking in the area of modern slavery and human trafficking, as well as ecumenical networking for refugee ministry. In March 2017, Moxon was awarded the Lambeth Cross for Ecumenism at a reception at Lambeth Palace London, by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
Moxon completed his term of service in Rome by a private audience with Pope Francis on June 16, 2017 and returned to New Zealand to retire.
In retirement Moxon has been made patron of the Faith Community Nurses Association, a Pihopa Awahina (honorary assistant) Bishop of the Maori Bishopric area of Te Manawa o te Wheke, a member of the Proprietor’s board of St Mary’s Diocesan School Stratford, a member of the Board of Trustees of St Paul’s Collegiate School Hamilton, a Board of Governor’s fellow of College House Christchurch and a regional Chaplain with the Order of St John. Moxon is co-chair with Cardinal Tobin of New Jersey, of the Walking Together Foundation advisory committee, which seeks to fund Catholic and Anglican Bishop partnerships for aid, development, justice and peace globally.