Tributes for Reeves the 'statesman'

24 August 2011

by Ed Beavan

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has led tributes to the former Archbishop of New Zealand, the Most Revd Sir Paul Reeves, who died on 14 August in Auckland. He was aged 78.

Dr Williams described the late Archbishop as “one of the great states­men of the Anglican Communion”, and someone he was “most happy to count as a personal friend”.

The Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, attended the state funeral on Thursday of last week, at Auckland Cathedral. Thousands of people lined the streets to pay their respects.

Dr Sentamu read out a message from the Archbishop of Canterbury at the service, and in his own tribute described Sir Paul as a “bridge- builder” who had reached out across communities, races, and religions: “He stood for truth and what was fair.”

Reeves served as Archbishop of New Zealand for five years from 1980 to 1985, before becoming Governor-General of the country.

He then became the first Anglican Observer at the United Nations in New York, and also took on a range of international positions.

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