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Penny Jamieson, DCNZM
The Rt Rev Dr Penny Jamieson was the first woman in the world to be appointed as a diocesan bishop in the Anglican Church, when she was named as Bishop of Dunedin in 1989. She had only been ordained into the priesthood seven years earlier and was surprised when the position was offered to her. At a time when some still argued against women taking any leadership roles in the church, she faced opposition from many sides, including within the church itself. The Anglican Bishop of Aotearoa, the Rt Rev Whakahuihui Vercoe and the Catholic Bishop of Dunedin, the Most Rev Leonard Boyle, boycotted Penny’s ordination in protest.
In this radio interview from 1989, she talks about what she brings to the new role and the reaction to her appointment.
Image: Penny Jamieson during her ordination ceremony, 1990 (courtesy Otago Daily Times).
Catalogue Reference 5290
Interviewer: Geoff Robinson, Morning Report, RNZ National