Cathedral Remediation Work
Buy a pew from Taranaki Cathedral

Have you heard the news about the pews? We are in the process of contacting people with family links to a Taranaki Cathedral pew to buy one as part of our exciting site development project. Find out what is happening and how to register your interest here Watch Bryan Vickery from Hokonui talk to Communications Adviser Andrew Moffat about the pews here Our months long search for potential family buyers finishes on 20 September. The pews will then be made available... read more

Project and Pizza!

We had a great time sharing more visuals and details about The Cathedral Project today with some of our kids, Archbishop Philip Richardson and architect Jennie Goddard. Thanks everyone for coming along, it was great to hear the questions and excitement around the project. The pizza was pretty good too. 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

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

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

Project investigates cathedral's foundations

Matt Cathcart, left, and Toa MacDonald, of Clelands Construction, excavate the foundations of Taranaki Cathedral’s oldest wall, which was built in 1846. The Cathedral Project is digging into the church’s past to ensure there is a strong base on which to build the cathedral’s future. Excavation investigation work of the 172-year-old building’s foundations is being undertaken as part of the project to earthquake strengthen and refurbish the historic cathedral – New Zealand’s oldest stone church. “The project’s engineers, Holmes Consulting,... read more

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