Cathedral Project Stories
$1.5m boost for The Cathedral Project from TSB Community Trust

A dynamic evolution of the Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary site has received a significant boost from the TSB Community Trust. TSB Community Trust is pleased to announce that in addition to currently funding the Cathedral Project Manager’s position to oversee the coordination and remediation process for the Taranaki Cathedral that an additional $1.5m has been committed dependent on raising the remainder of the funds. “The impact of the project will be significant for Taranaki and its people as... read more

The pews: a new beginning

Preperatory work to remove most of the pews from Taranaki Cathedral and sell them to raise funds is now underway. As part of The Cathedral project, the interior of the church will be sensitively modified to enable greater comfort and increased community usage of the space for worship, music and performance. This means that most of the existing pews, which were donated and dedicated between the 1940s and 1960s, will need to be removed. These pews were given by people... read more

A puzzling fundraiser: Sudoku tournament on the way

It is no puzzle where Sudoku fans should head on Saturday 25 May. What may be Taranaki’s first Sudoku tournament is being held as a light-hearted fundraiser for The Cathedral Project: A Taranaki Taonga and all players, from ‘hacks’ to experts, are welcome. Cathedral parishioner and Sudoku fan Orm Greensill hatched the idea for the event, which will be held between 2-5pm in Taranaki Cathedral’s Peace Lounge at 38 Vivian Street. Number crunchers will be put through their paces with six... read more

Auction Raises $34,000 for The Cathedral Project: A Taranaki Taonga

Wow! The dust has settled from our Great Art and Collectables Roadshow and Auction and together we raised a whopping $34,000 for the project! The organisers are over the moon that so much hard work and effort by so many has paid off. Thanks very much to everyone who pitched in and helped and a very special extra thank you to those who went well beyond the call of duty to make this event happen....you know who you are! read more

Parting With Art For a Good Cause

Ross and Anne Smith, Taranaki Cathedral stalwarts, will donate over 40 artworks to the Great Collectables Road Show and Art Auction on Friday May 3. Parting with artwork is personal for Anne Smith. The process is similar to giving up friends, muses the retired New Plymouth art teacher. “They are your creations.” But giving them up she is in order to help fundraise for the Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary, the oldest stone church in the country. Three years... read more

Architects Help Plan for Peace and Reconciliation

Tennent Brown architects Hugh Tennent (far left) and Brenda Solon (far right) met with members from the parish and Ngāti Te Whiti hapū on site recently as part of the planning process. Wellington firm Tennent Brown Architects have been chosen to help give form to plans for peace and reconciliation at Taranaki Cathedral. Their appointment comes as momentum behind The Cathedral Project – A Taranaki Taonga project builds and preparations for a major community fundraiser continue. Fundraising for the $15m... read more

Support of Cathedral Project part of 'big picture' thinking

Phil and Robyn Hinton present the works Salt Peanuts by Aaron Waghorn to Terry Parkes ready to go under the hammer at The Great Collectables Road Show and Auction to be held on 3 May 2019 at the Plymouth Hotel. The artworks could either be bought as a pair or individually. Phil and Robyn Hinton are delighted to donate to the Cathedral Project – A Taranaki Taonga as part of their big picture thinking for Taranaki. The couple recently donated... 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

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