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Buy St David's - The Soldiers Memorial Church, New Zealand

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St David’s has been put up for commercial tender. With your support we will make an offer at tender to buy this living memorial.

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Buy St David's

St David’s has been put up for commercial tender. Join us to make an offer at tender to buy this living memorial to save it – and to create a much-needed Centre for Music.

New Zealand’s living WW1 memorial is at grave risk. But we have a plan to save it, and to see it continue as a living memorial, as St David’s Centre for Music. Please join us!


St David’s – the Soldiers’ Church commissioned on Anzac Day 1927 to commemorate our national loss - has been put up for commercial tender. We are calling on New Zealanders to help us buy the church to protect it in perpetuity as a living memorial for all New Zealanders.

We, the Friends of St David's Charitable Trust, have developed a vision to enable St David’s to become an enduring place of remembrance and a vital and vibrant centre for music, welcoming all New Zealanders.

The St David’s Centre for Music

We plan to enter the tendering process that has been launched by the property owner, The Presbyterian Church Property Trust. The tender closes June 17, 2021.

With your support we can save The Soldiers' Memorial Church, enabling it to serve the soldiers, the musicians, and the wider community, and remain a living memorial to the lives lost in World War One and subsequent wars.

Please donate!

The Plan

No building has a secure future unless it is in daily use by the community. Our work over three years of extensive planning and testing have proven its potential as a sustainable and much-needed centre for music. As the St David's Centre - Te Whare Tapere o Hato Rāwiri – the church building can serve the needs of the acoustic music sector – as a performance space for choirs, chamber music, soloists and orchestras, as well as providing practice and rehearsal space and mixed-use community facilities. Our not-for-profit model will keep it accessible and viable as a truly accessible public space.

Located at 70 Khyber Pass Road in Central Auckland, St David’s Memorial Church is located on train, bus, cycle and motorway networks and is readily accessible from across the region.

As the St David’s Centre for Music, the unique church building with its glorious Great Hall, exquisite stained glass windows, superb acoustics and suite of smaller rooms can continue to provide sanctuary, solace, joy and inspiration.

See to learn more about the history of this building.

Watch this video to hear the acoustics inside the Church from an online concert recorded in the Church just before it went on the market.

The Friends of St David's Trust's track record since 2014 is evident in the highly successful “Art of Remembrance” fundraising campaigns that have enabled us to keep the building safe by installing fire protection systems and security cameras, alarms, exterior lighting and 24/7 onsite security during lockdown. We honour and thank artists Max Gimblett ONZM, and Warwick Freeman, and the thousands of individuals who have supported our initiatives. See more at

Some carefully protected funds still remain from past fundraising, purposed to cover essential deferred maintenance of the building after purchase.

Please join us by spreading the word and donating as you are able:

Lest we forget.

About us

St David’s was built as the Soldiers’ Memorial Church to honour those who gave their lives in WWI. The Friends of Saint David’s Trust is a registered New Zealand charity founded to keep that promise.

Use of funds

To buy and protect St David's Memorial Church as a living memorial. If the bid to acquire the building were unsuccessful, the funds would still be applied to ensuring its heritage status is protected, regardless of the ownership; thereafter funds donated as per the Trust Deed.

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Latest update

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** TENDER CLOSES TODAY**  17 June 2021

Posted by: Friends of St David's Charitable Trust

We need you to help us save St David's and create The St David's Centre for Music. This new role honours this sacred place and enables it to continue as a living place of remembrance.


We’re calling on you to support us in the purchase of St David’s to protect it as a living, musical memorial for all New Zealanders. You can help us in THREE ways:


1. Make a pledge. This means you can pledge now, and donate the money when convenient for you. Email for a form.


2. To donate now, visit our givealittle link, every bit helps!



3. Purchase a ticket to our online concert-movie, To the Stars. Streaming until 14th July.


Let's show the world what St David’s can be!

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Latest donations

Duncan 6 days ago
Julie 6 days ago
Hope there is a great outcome and the Trust can buy the church building.
mary 6 days ago
too important to loose
Nick 6 days ago
Winton RSA
Winton RSA 6 days ago
We of the Winton RSA wish you well with your fund raising.
Friends of St David's Charitable Trust

Thank you so much for your support which is much appreciated. Our tender offer has been placed and we await the results which we will share with all once confirmed.

Friends of St David's Charitable Trust

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