Our Team

Dean of WaiapuThe Very Reverend Di Woods can be contacted at dean@waiapu.com. Di provides leadership and outward focus towards the people of Napier and Hawke’s Bay.

The Reverend Canon Precentor, Jenny Chalmers, is responsible for  the Cathedral’s day to day ministry. You can contact Canon Jenny at  jenny.chalmers@waiapu.com 

Our Parish Administrator –  Charlene is the friendly voice on the end of the phone. You can contact the office on 06 835 8824 or 021 754 161, or admin.cathedral@waiapu.com.

Anthony Tattersall, our Director of Music, is in charge of anything and everything to do with the music in the Cathedral. Anthony can be contacted on 027 300 1163 or via the Parish Administrator.

Dean Di Woods in central aisle with Aotearoa Chapel behind
Dean Di Woods


The Cathedral has two oversight bodies, the Chapter and the Vestry.

  • The Cathedral Chapter is concerned with the Diocesan and community-facing ministries.
  • The Vestry is responsible for the parish ministry and day-to-day running of the Cathedral.


Other roles:

Treasurer – Lyndsay Browne
Earthquake Committee Chair – Lawrence Yule, as the committee assesses the seismic report on the cathedral building.
Verger – Wendy Probert ensures day to day facilities management of both the cathedral and Ormond Chapel

2023 Vestry members

  • Linda & Richard Harris, co-Dean’s Warden
  • Sue John, People’s Warden
  • Lesley Carthew
  • Christine Kerr
  • Nik Krawchenko
  • Jan Martin
  • Dale Meredith
  • Sue Myles
  • Roger Parr
  • Susan Wylie.