The Cathedral Project: A Taranaki Taonga

What is The Cathedral Project?

The closure of Taranaki Cathedral in January 2016 due to earthquake strengthening has awakened the region to its historical and cultural value.

We are raising funds for a single cathedral precinct with worship, mission, education, visitor hospitality and tourism facilities, all accommodated on the beautiful and historically significant site in New Plymouth.

 

How much will it cost?

The total project cost is $15 million. The Project will start once substantial funds are in place.

How long will it take?

In total this will be a five-year project – but we want the Cathedral re-opened much sooner.

How will the Cathedral be strengthened?

The earthquake strengthening work is significant but will be largely hidden from view.

The preliminary design shows there will be a new roof constructed over a web of steel frames all hidden from below by the existing timber ceiling.

A concrete beam will be poured along the top of the stone walls with fixings to connect the huge timber trusses to the walls.

Stones either side of the beam will conceal this strong modern construction. Steel pins will be inserted within the thick stone walls in to new concrete foundations and a specialised grout injected into the cavity of the massive walls to strengthen them.

The techniques involved have been used in similar stone buildings in Christchurch, and have been acknowledged by Heritage New Zealand as an effective solution. To see pictures and read more about what the interior will look like go here.

 

 

Want to learn more?

If you would like to learn more about the project and it's vision, please give Jan Mason, our Campaign Manager a call, or Cathy Thurston, our fundraising lead. If interested Jan can set up an information meeting with the Dean or the Remediation Manager and/or send you our campaign brochure. Jan -  021 020 33888, Cathy 027 2410458

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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