It was a case of This Is Your life Dr David Coles, as Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker helped farewell the Christchurch bishop yesterday.
Coles enjoyed a "very Christchurch" service full of hilarity.
Led by the master of ceremonies, Christ Church Cathedral Dean Peter Beck, the Christchurch Town Hall drew a who's who of religious and civic leaders to farewell Coles and his wife, Joy. Coles has resigned to take on the position of parish priest of Wakatipu in the Queenstown area.
Parker represented the city but also drew on his old television skills, presenting a This Is Your Life show for Coles.
He was joined on stage by an assortment of guests who related stories of Coles' reign since 1990.
New Zealand's top Anglican priest, co-presiding Archbishop Brown Turei, delivered a light-hearted address via video, thanking Coles for his dedicated service and gently ribbing him about the "glide time" he would enjoy in the alpine paradise of Queenstown.
Archbishop David Moxon paid tribute to Coles, saying he was "a giant" of the church who had seen it through many difficult times.
Coles said he and wife Joy were looking forward to directing their energies into a smaller community.
However, he predicted he would return to his "adopted home" of Christchurch.
Coles' last day as bishop will be marked by a service at the Cathedral on Easter Sunday -- also his 65th birthday.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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