New Zealand's oldest stone church, built in 1846, will be strengthened and the stories embedded in the historic site will be shared using exhibitions, tours, events and digital resources. Sensitive developments will transform the site into a significant heritage, education and visitor destination.It will be a catalyst for peace and reconciliation, community building and collaboration in the heart of New Plymouth.

This striking new building, Te Whare Hononga -The House That Binds, will be the bicultural exhibition space on the site. Developed with mana whenua Ngāti Te Whiti this whare will be a waharoa (gateway) to many important stories linked with this special place.


 This will be a significant evolution of the historic Taranaki Cathedral site. A striking contemporary building Te Whare Hononga (the house that binds) will be sited beside the Cathedral. The vicarage will be brought forward and re-purposed to link with other buildings and allow for substantial onsite carparking. A courtyard is created between buildings. The site will be open and welcoming to all. 

The sanctity of Taranaki Cathedral will be enhanced, with sensitive strengthening and modifications securing its future as the heart of worship on the site for future generations.


The design of Te Whare Hononga is a permanent expression of the vision for peace and reconciliation on this site.Architects Tennent Brown say  "a richly layered screen forms both structure and enclosure of a single flexible space for exhibition, gathering and education."

An artist's impression of Te Whare Hononga (the house that binds) and the relocated Vicarage. Te Whare Hononga will be a striking contemporary example of Māori architecture designed to invite, challenge and engage visitors. A carefully curated exhibition space it will act as a dynamic tourism drawcard and education hub, grounded in the wairua and heritage of the historic site. Developed together with Ngāti Te Whiti hapū, mana whenua of the site, it will combine with the site to provide a place of deep pilgrimage and learning, with historical, community and faith-based programmes and events.


The essence of a cathedral is that it belongs to the community and mirrors whatever makes that community rejoice or sorrow. God requires that of us." - Sir Paul Reeves 2010





























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