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Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice of the agenda for the Annual General Meeting of the Taranaki Cathedral Church to be held on 26th March at 1.30pm in the Interim Cathedral. [Papers for this meeting will be available at services on Sunday 19th March and from the Welcome Desk during the following week] read more

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Finding words for Parihaka

Rob Ritchie played a part in organising the recent Parihaka Day service at the Interim Cathedral. It occurred five months after then-mayor Andrew Judd led a procession to the coastal settlement, and it was 135 years to the day after the settlement was invaded by British forces. He reflects on the service and its ‘found poem.’ On November 5 a beautiful reunion occurred at the Interim Cathedral/St Mary’s Peace Hall between two Parihaka Hikoi participants: Sue and Chris and two of... read more

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Telling the old story in new song

A tune telling the story of peaceful protests at Parihaka township has been reworked, with its first public performance at a service in the Interim Cathedral on November 5. Musician Rob Green was part of New Plymouth band The Orange & Green back in 1991 when the city was celebrating its sesquicentennial. Commissioned to produce a cassette tape, it included the song ‘Parihaka’ which the group had recorded in 1990. Fellow band member Grant Dawson penned the words and at the... read more

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Cheap eats grow profit and community spirit

An idea to serve a cheap, flavoursome breakfast while raising funds for charity – and bringing people together, turned two last month. The Community Café in the cathedral’s Hatherly Hall is a regular Tuesday morning (7am-10am) event. Thousands have flocked through its doors, feasting on items such as crepes, coffee, porridge and toast for $1 an item. read more

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Pasifika take on local parish work

Mele Prescott boasts a Tongan background but it’s the Pakeha branch of the Anglican Church she’s starting her ‘apprenticeship’ in. She began as curate and Youth Enabler at the end of November this year, the first time Taranaki Cathedral has had a person in such a position, in recent history. Mele comes to Taranaki from St John’s Theological College in Auckland where she completed her three-year study. Born to Tongan parents who migrated to NZ in the 1970s, she grew up... read more

CDG Taking the Scrooge out of Christmas

It is nearly showtime. Our latest Christmas play is taking shape after weeks of hard work by our wonderful drama group, CDG (Carrie’s Drama Group) and their awesome leaders. This year we have gone traditional with that favourite story by Dickens, A Christmas Carol. We have a great cast with a real mix of different ages and talents, and we feel sure you are in for a treat. Producing the show hasn't been without its challenges, however. Devising a rehearsal schedule... read more

Cost of cathedral repair and restoration released

Taranaki Cathedral’s earthquake strengthening and remediation is expected to cost between $8-10 million, according to a preliminary report. Cathedral Dean, the Very Revd Peter Beck, said the church community is pleased to receive the quantity surveyors report, which provides certainty as well as a ballpark amount with which to approach funders. “This is an early estimate – but it gives the cathedral and the Taranaki community something to work with. Already there are individuals and organisations interested in contributing to fundraising... read more

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Remediation Manager appointed

Significant funding has enabled Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary to appoint a local architect as its Cathedral Remediation and Design Manager. Jenny Goddard, a New Plymouth architect with an interest in heritage buildings, took up the new position on August 1. Her appointment follows a grant of $80,000 from the TSB Community Trust as well as $50,000 from the General Trust Board of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. The historic church building on Vivian St was... read more

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Interview with Tiki Raumati

Mäori Television recently aired an extended interview with cathedral Kaumatua The Venerable Tiki Raumati, part of their Huia Rau series. You can watch the programme (which is in te Reo Mäori with subtitles) at http://www.maoritelevision.com/tv/shows/huia-rau/S01E010/huia-rau-series-1-episode-10 read more

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