Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia media officer Lloyd Ashton said she was a controversial visitor. "Nobody makes any bones about the fact that she does represent tension. From the outset, her visit has always been intended as low key, informal and unofficial.
"There is not going to be an endorsement of where the...[Episcopal] Church is going. We have got our own process, we are working through that and it will be at least two years before that is complete.
"We are not hiding it, but neither are we exacerbating any tensions by making a statement ... It is an acknowledgement that there are sensitivities both ways."