This was because Anglicans comprised the ‘establishment’ of early colonial New Zealand.
Back in the mother country
The Church of England was established in the 6th century, in a mission to England led by St Augustine. The Church of England later renounced the authority of the Pope (leader of the Catholic Church) when English King Henry VIII, sought an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon in 1525.
The Anglican Church grew to be the major church of England, and expanded with the British empire. Samuel Marsden, the first Anglican missionary in New Zealand, began work in the Bay of Islands in 1814.
By the time this cemetery was established, the Anglican Church was a dominant force within New Zealand colonial society. Most senior government officials were Anglicans.
A significant part of the Anglican section was lost with the building of the motorways in the 1960s.