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Renovation of St.Sava Church Island Bay Wellington

$2,770 of $100,000 goal

Given by 32 generous donors in around 7 months

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The 100+ years old church buildings need to be preserved from deterioration and upgraded to the present building standards.

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The St.Sava Church Community are the proud holders of a piece of Wellington's history. Our church buildings at 75 The Parade, Island Bay are built in original early settlers’ style and have been serving the Christian religion in Wellington for over 100 years. The entrance of the church is graced with beautiful pohutukawa trees which are also 100 years old. Sadly, the buildings and the infrastructure are in a dire condition. The trees are in need for attention. We can't afford all the required refurbishment works. We are raising funds to fix the buildings, the internal infrastructure and bring the church to the present building standards and required compliance.

We need your help now. We would be grateful for any donation which would add to our funds.


The original buildings were built in 1906 to be a church and home for the St. Francis Brotherhood of Island Bay. They served the community of early settlers of the area, many of them being of Italian origin. Some Italian families still remember the place and the ceremonies they participated in. The Serbian community purchased the property from St. Francis in 1968, refurbished the deteriorated buildings by generous giving and volunteering and dedicated the church to St. Sava. In 1969, the first liturgy in Serbian language was served in the refurbished St.Sava church. From then, over fifty years now, it has been a place of prayer and charitable work, where people connect and share.

In 2019, as part of our 50 years’ jubilee, we are rising funds to restore our church again. Giving a little can make a lot to preserve this historic treasure of Wellington and our community.


St. Sava is a Serbian medieval prince from the line of Nemanjic family. He is the first Serbian Archbishop, lawyer and educator, who established the independent Serbian Christian Orthodoxy 800 years ago.

With thanks, Serbian Community of Wellington and St.Sava church.

About us

We are a registered charity, having being present in Wellington and Island Bay community for over 50 years. We provide spiritual leadership following the canons of the Christian Orthodox faith, connecting people and serving the community on their path to God.

Use of funds

The funds will be dedicated for strengthening the buildings, refurbishment, replacement of old pipes, electrical wiring, fixing roofs, fences, healing and shaping the trees, new planting. Any surplus will go for church social help programmes. In progress.

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Moving on with 2% of target!  4 April 2019

We are very grateful for all received donations. Many thanks to all, God bless you.

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    Guest Donor 6 days ago



  • Nikola

    Nikola on 19 Aug 2019


    Богу хвала, нека буде што више успешних пројеката!


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 23 Jun 2019


    На здравље и спасеније народа нашег у Велингтону.


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 29 May 2019




    • Serbian Orthodox Church of St. Sava Wellington

      Hvala najlepse!

  • Pavkovic family

    Pavkovic family on 01 May 2019


    Well done fr.Predrag and orthodox community you are making us all proud with the work you are doing, our hearts and prayers will always be with you and our favorite church Sveti Sava.


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