The Hui held in the Interim Cathedral on September 10 marked a significant milestone for The Cathedral Project. In a formal ceremony, the Reeves family gave its blessing to the association of Sir Paul Reeves’ name with the proposed Atrium at the south of The Cathedral. Preliminary designs for the Atrium show it as a light filled space looking out to Pukaka Pā and the churchyard. Designed to complement the expanded range of activities to be hosted in the Cathedral, this modern space will become the premier function and welcome space in Taranaki and make a significant contribution to the viability of the re-energised Cathedral.
Sir Paul, who died in 2011, was an archbishop of the Anglican church and our first Māori Governor General. An early clergy posting was to Okato Parish and he had a close association with the region as a direct descendent of Te Whiti o Rongomai.