That is a great announcement, for Jim and for Auckland.
Perhaps not so great for the College itself - they lose a wonderful academic leader through this election.
In the Anglican Taonga report linked to above I note this:
"Jim will continue as Dean of Tikanga Pakeha at St John’s College until the end of the year.Given that our General Synod in July, 2012 will give further consideration to the question of the structure of governance over and management of St John's College, I wonder if it is a mistake to advertise for a replacement for Jim. My own suggestion would be to appoint an Acting Dean for a one or two year period, to see the Tikanga Pakeha (College of the Southern Cross) side of College life through to the point when (one can only hope and pray) the future of St John's College is more settled.
According to the College Commissioner, Mrs Gail Thomson, the vacancy created by Jim’s election will be advertised shortly, and a new dean will start at the beginning of the 2012 academic year."
Here is a question for NZ Anglican Trivial Pursuiters: has there ever previously been a sequence of two episcopal announcements about NZ academic theologians becoming bishops?