Cathedral Project Stories
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

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

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

Resource consent granted for cathedral earthquake strengthening

The re-opening of Taranaki Cathedral is a step closer following the granting of resource consent for the earthquake strengthening and refurbishment of the historic church. “It’s a really pleasing result and an important milestone,” The Cathedral Project remediation and design manager Jenny Goddard said after the New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) reported its decision. “It gives us surety around the design for the remediation of the cathedral and enables the drawings to now be developed further by a range of specialists... read more

Certificate a 'great memento' of wedding day

Neil and Raewyn Wolfe with the commemorative certificate of their wedding day at St Mary’s Church. Being fashionably late to her wedding wasn’t an option for bride Raewyn Phillips – hers was just one of four held at St Mary’s Church on a busy Saturday in April 1966. “Our service was at 11am and the Reverend stressed to us that I couldn’t be late because there was another wedding at 1pm,” says Raewyn, who married well-known Taranaki rugby player Neil... read more

Taranaki Cathedral Project eyes start date

The Government’s multi-million dollar commitment to the development of Taranaki Cathedral has given the project team confidence work can be under way by May next year. “This funding gives us the ability to really look ahead with surety and set dates for when work can begin,” The Cathedral Project remediation and design manager Jenny Goddard said. “We can now accelerate our planning with engineering specialists and consultants, and begin preparing resource consents to push ahead with the work. “By May 2019... read more

Funding announcement 'fantastic boost' for Cathedral project

Taranaki Cathedral Dean Peter Beck says a Government announcement today to invest up to $5 million for the development of the Cathedral is a “fantastic boost” for the project. “This is fabulous and gives some certainty around the future of our historic Cathedral,” Dean Peter said. “We are greatly appreciative and excited by this announcement. “There is still a lot of work to be done and we are truly thankful for the tremendous support the New Plymouth and wider Taranaki... read more

New Plymouth Bridge Club boosts project funds

The Taranaki Cathedral’s significance to the community and its vision for the future has led the New Plymouth Bridge Club to make a generous $2800 donation towards The Cathedral Project. Each year the club selects a local charity or community organisation as the recipient of money raised at the President’s Charity Night, and this time The Cathedral Project was chosen. The New Plymouth Bridge Club’s immediate past president Murray Carter said more than 120 people took part in the fun evening,... read more

A warm welcome to all

Ensuring visitors to Taranaki Cathedral are given a warm welcome is behind an initiative to monitor the temperature and humidity in New Zealand’s oldest stone church. Two sensors have been placed in the cathedral – one inside the entrance of the church and another near the altar – and will gather data on temperature and humidity variances. A third has been positioned outside the church as a comparison. The Taranaki Cathedral Project remediation and design manager Jenny Goddard says the aim... read more

Cathedral hui maps future vision for Taranaki community

A hui at Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary on September 10 will set out and consult on the developing vision for the restoration and refurbishment of the cathedral and the historic site on which it sits. It’s expected to draw iwi representatives, as well as members of the Crown and churchgoers from Anglican parishes around the region. Over the last 20 years the Anglican community in Taranaki has reflected on the history of its relationship with Māori. This culminated... read more

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