Our vision is of a uniquely developed cathedral precinct with the power to impact visitors and locals alike.
The closure of the Taranaki Cathedral in January 2016 due to earthquake risk has awakened the region to its historical and cultural value.
We are raising funds for a single cathedral precinct with worship, mission, education, tourism and visitor hospitality facilities accommodated on the beautiful and historically significant site in central New Plymouth.
•Firstly to re-open the historic stone church. The vision is of an outwardly facing cathedral that welcomes people of all faiths and none to a flexible space that allows for contemporary or traditional worship, a meeting or musical performance.
• Build an atrium space honoring Sir Paul Reeves that draws visitors on to the site. This space will allow us to host functions and house professionally curated displays telling our story and modelling a bi-cultural partnership for the future.
• Complete a site redevelopment that will integrate the historic vicarage, visitor facilities and car parking.
Use of Funds:
Donations will be used as above- to reopen the stone church, build an atrium place, and complete site redevelopment.
Understanding our past to build our future - Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary is the oldest stone church in New Zealand, in the heart of New Plymouth. Its stories belong to us all. Together we can play a part in its development.
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