Cathedral Project receives $500,000 funding boost

The Cathedral Project has received a $500,000 grant from Lottery Environment and Heritage for the earthquake strengthening and development of Taranaki Cathedral. “This is fantastic news and a real boost as we head into 2019 – a year during which we aim to begin work on our $15 million project,” The Cathedral Project fundraising lead Cathy Thurston said. “We thank the Lottery Environment and Heritage committee for their much appreciated support, which greatly acknowledges the regional and national significance of... read more

Taking a Light Approach

So where should the light switches be in our re-opened cathedral? That is one of the questions our electrical engineers have asked. Seems simple enough, but with all the wiring being renewed – yes the cathedral is being literally re-energised - there are opportunities to rethink the positions of our distribution boards and switches to ensure they are less intrusive elements in our stone church. Electric lighting was probably installed in the church in the early 1900s and replaced gas pillar... read more

Commemorative tea towels to help fundraising

The Taranaki Cathedral tea towels are available in red or black writing. Taranaki Cathedral has been immortalised on a commemorative tea towel as part of the fundraising campaign to restore the historic church. Designed by The Cathedral Project remediation and design manager Jenny Goddard, the tea towel features architectural line drawings of each elevation of the cathedral and the words “History, faith, worship, community, friendship, education and celebration”. “The wording reflects our aspirations as we work to raise the $15... read more

Bishop's Commission to Examine Future Options

Archbishop Philip has today announced the establishment of the Bishop's Commission to consider options for Episcopal Leadership in the Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki. He indicated his intention to establish this Commission, at the Diocesan Synod this year and has now finalised the Terms of Reference and has appointed the Commissioners. The Commission will be chaired by the Bishop of Waiapu, the Right Reverend Andrew Hedge. The Reverend Tric Malcolm, Chair of the Anglican Care Network and, until recently, City Missioner... read more

Cathedral Cake for a cause

Taranaki Cathedral’s array of ornate stained glass windows is the inspiration behind a fundraiser for the restoration of the historic church. Bakers from the Taranaki Cathedral congregation have been busy making Cathedral Cakes to help raise money to earthquake strengthen the cathedral and redevelop the site. The Cathedral Project campaign manager Jan Mason says 100 of the 750g cakes, packed with fruit and nuts, will be available for purchase from Monday, 12 November, for just $40 each. “The Cathedral Cake... read more

Cross removal proves more difficult than expected

Warren Boys and Ian Roebuck, of Ian Roebuck Crane Hire, remove the northen gable cross at Taranaki Cathedral. Having sat atop Taranaki Cathedral for more than 100 years, it was perhaps understandable that the large stone cross looking out over New Plymouth clung on for as long as possible. The cross, on the northern gable facing Vivian Street, was removed today as part of the preparatory work for the earthquake strengthening of the historic church. All the crosses on top... read more

Stone cross to be removed from roof of cathedral

One of the stone crosses that sits atop Taranaki Cathedral will be removed early tomorrow morning. The Cathedral Project design and remediation manager Jenny Goddard said the cross, which is on the northern gable and faces Vivian Street, could be a safety concern and would be taken down by crane. “As part of the earthquake-strengthening of the building, it has always been planned for the crosses on top of the cathedral to be removed and then reinstated when the remediation is... read more

A meeting of minds at cathedral

The Cathedral Project design and remediation manager Jenny Goddard (centre) speaks with building services engineer Patrick Arnold, of eCubed, and project architect Brenda Solon, of Tennent Brown Architects, at Taranaki Cathedral. The people who have been entrusted with developing the plans for the earthquake strengthening and refurbishment of Taranaki Cathedral came together on-site this week, gathering information for the last push towards a finalised design. “It’s a mark of how much closer the project is getting to actually physically starting,”... read more

Who do you say I am?

Mark 8:27-38 I don’t know about you, but I often have a crisis of character as I try to work out who I really am. I can blame this on the roles I am now in for some of it and those I have recently been in. In my current role as Priest-in-charge of this Cathedral I struggle to know whether I am a resident of Hawera or of New Plymouth. In my previous role I was equally recognised as an... read more

Cathedral resting place for respected minister

Although light rain falls, the aroha and warmth of Archdeacon Tiki Raumati shines through as people of all races and faiths gather to lay to rest the respected minister and kaumatua. Being buried in the grounds of Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary is, in some ways, The Venerable TikitÅ«terangi (Tiki) Raumati’s final sermon – a silent yet visible, powerful and enduring message of peace and reconciliation, reaffirming his profound connection with Taranaki Cathedral and his commitment to bringing people... read more

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