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Rt Rev. Manuhuia "Manu" Augustus Bennett ONZ CMG (10 February 1916 – 20 December 2001) was a New Zealand Anglican Suffragan Bishop in the second half of the 20th century.[1][2] He was born in Rotorua on 10 February 1916 into an ecclesiastical family: his father Frederick Augustus Bennett was the inaugural Bishop of Aotearoa.[1][3] He identified with the Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao and Ngāti Rangitihi iwi.[4] Educated at the University of Hawaii and ordained in 1940, he was a Curate in the Diocese of Waiapu before becoming a Chaplain to the New Zealand Forces. When peace returned he was a Māori Missionary at Rangitīkei. Later he was Vicar of St Faith’s Rotorua[5] before being appointed Suffragan Bishop of Aotearoa in 1951. He retired in 1981 and died on 20 December 2001.[6]

Honours and awards

In the 1981 Queen's Birthday Honours Bennett was appointed a Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG).[7] On 6 February 1989, Bennett was the eleventh appointee to The Order of New Zealand.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Cumming, Geoff (22 December 2001). "Obituary: Manu Bennett". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  2. The Bennett Family
  3. “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  4. Turia, Tariana (20 December 2013). "Dame Miraka Szazsy and the Right Reverend Manuhuia Bennett". New Zealand Government. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  5. Church web site
  6. Clark, Helen (20 December 2013). "Bishop Manuhuia Bennett". Office of the Prime Minister of New Zealand. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  7. London Gazette (supplement), No. 48641, 13 June 1981. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  8. "Honours and Awards" (16 February 1989) 27 New Zealand Gazette 417 at 418.
Religious titles
Preceded by
Wiremu Netana Panapa
Bishop of Aotearoa
Succeeded by
Whakahuihui Vercoe

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