Richard Randerson CNZM is Dean of Auckland’s Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell. As Anglican priest and bishop over 40 years he has exercised a diverse ministry at the cutting edge with community, commerce and governments, both in NZ and overseas. In all such endeavours he has sought to bring a strong social and ethical dimension to policy, working with decision-makers in the private and public sectors to integrate enterprise with social concern.
Educated at Takapuna Grammar School, and subsequently at Otago University, Richard holds degrees in both Arts and Theology. He undertook post-graduate studies in New York City, and later in San Francisco, focussing on the role of the Church in business, community and political settings. He has exercised ministries in Auckland, New York, Teesside (UK), Wellington and Canberra.
From 1990-94 he was the Social Responsibility Commissioner, Anglican Church of N.Z., conducting seminars in NZ, Australia, USA, and Canada. He was the public spokesperson for the Anglican Church nationally on socio-economic policies and the values on which to base them. He met regularly with MPs and leaders in businesses and trade unions on such issues and arranged meetings between MPs and church leaders to change social policy to socio-economic policy.
In 2000 Richard was appointed a member of the NZ Royal Commission on Genetic Modification. In 2004 he was a member of N.Z. Government delegation to 13 nation regional inter-faith forum in Indonesia, chairing the final day plenary session, with follow-up conference in Melbourne (2005) and the Philippines (2006). In 1999 Richard was appointed to chair a governmental task force in Canberra on poverty.
As an industrial chaplain Richard initiated seminars on consultative working styles and establishing corporate structures sensitive to Maori and Pacific Island staff. He also led the Anglican Church through an educational process on the Treaty of Waitangi culminating in the adoption of a bicultural constitution for the Church nationally. He made several submissions to Parliamentary Select Committees on such matters as fishing quotas for Maori, and socio-economic policy generally.
Richard chaired the Boards of Directors of Canberra Anglican Aged Care, Canberra Girls’ Grammar School and Selwyn Foundation with budgets between $8 and $20 million. Internationally he has contributed to workshops on peace, justice, refugee resettlement, alternative tourism and developmental aid in Thailand, Israel, Zimbabwe, Fiji, Hong Kong, USA and UK.
Richard has written two books, ‘Christian Ethics and the NZ Economy’ and ‘Hearts and Minds - a Place for People in a Market Economy’, and also numerous feature articles in daily newspapers on ethics, social and economic justice, Treaty issues and reconciliation with indigenous peoples.
As Priest, Bishop, speaker/writer and seminar leader Richard has developed skills in understanding diverse submissions and viewpoints, and in integrating competing concerns to achieve outcomes which as far as possible are objective, fair and acceptable to the parties concerned.
• Building cohesive communities in a multi-cultural and multi-faith world
• Corporate and professional mission and management – an ethical approach
• Strategies for co-operative relationships in the workplace.
• Aged Care objectives and values as the baby boomers approach retirement
• Economic policy as if people mattered
• Religion and Politics in a secular society
• Genetic Modification; the value-based response of N.Z’s Royal Commission
• Religion, Science and Creation