Sunday 16th August, 10am 


Tēnā koutou katoa ~
                                We Welcome You.

...Nau mai, haere mai, welcome to the website of The Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary. We are a warm, friendly and loving church community.  A people and a place of prayer, peace and reconciliation.  We are here to support you in prayer and in action. Call in and talk to us - or ring and ask for a home visit if we can work together on making things better - maybe with some good home-cooked food; counselling or pastoral support; assistance through hard times; someone who will listen and pray with you.


Parish Consultation - Status of St Mary's as an earthquake-prone building and possible temporary closure.


October Update :

The Taranaki Anglican Trust Board have, following detailed and careful deliberation, concluded on a resolution regarding the temporary closure of the cathedral.

The resolution can be read here, together with a covering letter from Archbishop Philip here.

I know that this will be very difficult news for many to receive. I want to assure you of the love and prayers of myself and the cathedral ministry team, as we look to new beginnings and possibilities over the months and years ahead. We are determined that all our ministry and the services we offer to our community will continue through this. The Hatherly Hall building and Peace Hall are unaffected by this - so the offices, cafe, and the work of the cathedral is just the same. Midweek services are now being held in the "Upper Room" in the Hatherly Hall. Sunday services continue the same as normal until the end of January 2016, when we will move into an interim worship space - but still on site.

You can view a brief video clip about the cathedral closure here :


Dean Jamie

Taranaki is now privileged to be part of the worldwide community of the
cross of nails.

Please see this article for more info

Kia ora ra, Dean Jamie


Community Cafe

Check our facebook page to find out our weekly specials :

Every Tuesday 7.30-10am
Crepes with delicious fillings;
fresh filter coffee, tea or milo;
hot toast & famous marmalade
Just 50c each! Best price in town, eh!
All funds raised from the cafe are donated to a situation of severe need in our World. Since opening in November 2014, the cafe has raised well over $16,000. Our fundraising is currently for the World Food Programme, supporting refugees from the Syrian crisis.

The Cafe has been in the news

Why not give it ago, next Tuesday?



Special Services for your diary :

Sunday 18th October, 10am

St Luke the Evangelist

Sunday 18th October, 5pm

Choral Evensong "on the road" at Bell Block.

Sunday 1st November, 10am

Sunday 1st November, 7pm

All Saints

All Souls Memorial Service

Our Regular Services :

All Weekdays - 8.30am, Midday and 3.45pm - A short service of daily prayer - call in and bring whatever is on your heart before God

Tuesdays - 7am Bishop’s Eucharist

Wednesdays - 10am Book of Common Prayer Communion (Traditional Language)



8am Quiet Communion

10am Sung Eucharist with Faith Crew group for Children

First Sunday of the month: 6pm Informal Service

Second Sunday of the month: 5pm Evensong

Third Sunday of the Month: 5pm Choral Evensong

Fourth Sunday (if there are five): 5pm special service (e.g. Taizé or Sacred Space)

Last Sunday of the Month: 5pm Compline (Night Prayer)




Coming to Taranaki Cathedral
We are open every day by 8.30am to early evening. There is normally a welcomer to greet you and to deal with enquiries, weekdays from 9am to 4pm. We have brief daily prayer services at 8.30am, midday and 3.45pm - you are always welcome to attend one of these -- sometimes people find it a good opportunity to share a burden or seek some peace.
Let Us Know You're Coming
Part of the delight of being Taranaki's only cathedral is that we are a place where visitors come. We love hosting people who are here just for the day -- or maybe on holiday - or perhaps have recently moved to Taranaki. We welcome new-comers, and appreciate your visit. If you are planning to come -- why not drop us a quick email so we can look out for you. Use the "Enquiries" button on the website, and we will be in touch. If you're visiting us, please do share that news with the minister on the door as you arrive or as you leave. We'd love to give you a copy of our magazine and perhaps other mementos to take home with you. For newcomers just settling in to New Plymouth, we have a Welcome Pack which includes all sorts of useful information and guide books.
What to Wear
Simply come as you are. There are no expectations about any particular dress code. Often people dress formally for weddings and funerals.
On Sundays, there is good parking on Vivian Street, in the cathedral driveway, and also across the road in the Peace Hall Car Park - the physical address of which is 40 Vivian Street, New Plymouth, 4310. For meetings, funerals and weddings, if these options are all full, there is an excellent car park between Vivian Street and Powderham Street, after Robe Street and before Dawson Street. There is also a multi-storey car park between Brougham and Currie Street.
Choosing a Sunday Service... Every Sunday we have four services. Each worship service offers fellowship, music and the opening up of the Scripture. 
Our 8am service of Holy Communion is quiet and concise with two hymns; some people like to slip in to this service at the last minute; have their time of intimate worship, and then quietly leave at the end. On the first Sunday of the month, there is tea, coffee and toast after this service - an opportunity to catch up with people or meet those on a similar journey.
At our 10am service (which is also a Holy Communion Service), there is a wide cross-generational mix; from tiny babies through to great-grandparents. Toys, drawing and games for littlies; groups for children and teenagers (note that we have two weekday youth meetings - Agape Youth Group on Tuesdays, and CDG - Drama Group on Thursdays). The cathedral choir offers beautiful song to lead the worship, which is accompanied by our stunning pipe organ to make a very joyful sound. The third Sunday of most months features the Music of Taranaki - when a visiting choir or orchestra from around the mountain leads the service with the gifts of their music.
The service is often geared to the immediate story of the community or the season - for example, with the Pet Blessing service in October; Remembrance services; and special occasions such as "Music Sunday" or a special Sunday to give thanks for Scripture, or to be aware of particular times of celebration or lament in Taranaki. Each 10am service is followed by prayer support in the chapel for those who would like the chance to share; and an excellent morning tea with home baking provided!
At 5pm, our service is about reflection and quietness  Evening services include : Sacred Space (Contemplative Worship), Healing & Wholeness, Choral Evensong (beautifully lead by the cathedral choir), the Taizé style of Worship, and Informal Praise & Worship in the adjoining hall.




You might also like to visit our Facebook Page.

Our Garden of Remembrance is now open; please get in touch if you would like to know more.

Thought For The Month 

  Something to think about.

Sometimes I wonder how much of our spiritual journey is about gaining understandings, being right and maintaining our sense of privilege and status. Generally speaking we spend most of our time thinking about ourselves and our needs to be valued, accepted and right. When others frustrate us it is because they are not living up to our expectations of how we think they and the world should be. We end up focussing
on ourselves instead of focussing on God.

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  • 14Oct

    8:30am Morning Prayer
    10am BCP Eucharist
    10am Cathedral on Air - Access Radio
    12pm Midday prayer
    12:15pm Staff Lunch
    3:45pm Evening Prayer
    7pm Cathedral Choir Practice

  • 15Oct

    8:30am Morning Prayer
    10am Pukeko Stomp
    10am Food 4 Thought
    10:30am Molly Ryan
    12pm Midday prayer
    12:15pm Lunchtime Organ Recital
    1:30pm Stitching Group
    3:45pm Evening Prayer
    4pm Carrie's Drama Group
    7pm Home Group - Led by David & Jen Pearce
    7:30pm Ars Nova Choir rehearsal

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