Christmas At Mere Tapu

Here’s what’s coming up over in the lead-up to Christmas at Taranaki Cathedral

  • Festival of 9 Lessons & Carols – Wednesday 22nd, 7:30pm, Interim Cathedral
  • Christmas Eve Family Picnic – Friday 24th, noon, Pūkākā (bouncy castle, games, music)
  • Midnight Mass – Friday 24th, 11pm, Interim Cathedral (Archbishop Philip preaching)
  • Christmas Day Service – Saturday 25th, 8am & 10am, Interim Cathedral (Archbishop Philip preaching & presiding)
  • Sunday Service – Sunday 26th – Regular Sunday Service, 9am, Interim Cathedral

Billeting request We have had a request from one of our churches in Fielding. The daughter of one of their priests  is a 4th year med student who will be doing a placement in New Plymouth next year from February. She is looking for a boarding/billeting opportunity. If you are able to help you can contact Niamh on 022 054 1017 or via email at

Fundraising Success Jenny Goddard and her team are delighted to announce they have received a $75,000 grant from NPDC Built Heritage Fund towards the Vicarage renovation works. The Vicarage is a Category A Heritage building under NPDC District Plan and the council was keen to support our “do it once, do it well” renovation initiative. The Fundraising total now sits at $12,340,553.

Home Dairies A Success A hearty thank you to June Mosely who, via the sale of the 2022 NZ Home Diaries, has raised $800 each for both our project and the Open Home Foundation. Thank you to everyone who supported June and bought a diary.  

 Office Hours The office will be open next week as usual, closing for the year on Friday the 24th at 2pm and reopening on Monday the 10th.  While the office is closed the phone will be diverted to our mobiles so don’t hesitate to call if you need to get in touch.

Carols By Screenlight New Plymouth Brass band is taking its popular  Carols by Candlelight event online this year. They are inviting people to gather with friends and whānau, in the comfort of their own homes, and join their live stream on Facebook from 7.30pm tonight. To find them log into facebook and search “The Devon Hotel New Plymouth Brass” or click HERE.

Summer Carillon Series  This summer’s series of free recitals on The Kibby Carillon on Pūkākā/Marsland Hill began on Sunday the 5th of Decemberand will continue on Sunday the 12th and 19th. There will be three performances in the lead up to Christmas (Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th). Further recitals will take place throughout January.  All performances begin at 12.00pm and run for approximately 45mins.

Cathedral Cakes Sold Out A big thank you to everyone who supported the Project by buying one of our yummy Cathedral Cakes.

In-Person Worship Church (8am & 10am) is happening this Sunday, but with some changes. All Taranaki Cathedral events & worship services will be My Vaccine Pass (currently Orange) events. This means you will need to do the following:

  1. You are required to scan in using the QR code or sign in manually
  2. Your My Vaccine Pass will be needed to be scanned or seen by a sides person
  3. We ask that masks be worn during services
  4. Please do not remove your mask when singing

 An online offering will also be available via  Facebook  and  YouTube.


ALT_Mary This Sunday December 12th 

From 5pm in the Interim Cathedral (BYO dinner & hangs). ALT_Mary is a community committed to following Jesus amid life's beauty and brokenness. It is a space for honest conversation. A place to encounter God.


Summer Carillon Series  This summer’s series of free recitals on The Kibby Carillon on Pūkākā/Marsland Hill began on Sunday the 5th of Decemberand will continue on Sunday the 12th and 19th. There will be three performances in the lead up to Christmas (Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th). Further recitals will take place throughout January.  All performances begin at 12.00pm and run for approximately 45mins.


Printed copies
If someone you know doesn’t have email and would like a printed copy of E-ffervesence, let Jen in the office know and she will arrange for it to be ready for collection at the back of the Interim Cathedral after Sunday services or from the office (weekdays 10am-2pm).

You can watch this week’s virtual service on Facebook  or YouTube.


Green Light for Cathedral Groups Groups that meet in our buildings are able to restart. Group leaders will need to plan how they will follow current COVID-19 restrictions. You should liaise with Jen in the office — who has loads of experience in the area. Once your plan is approved, Jen will book space for your group to meet (while building work is underway we are strongly encouraging all groups to meet in the Peace Lounge which has much easier parking and access).

Advent Study We will be running an evening advent study as a chance to gather together, share some time and reflect on the year that’s been — and what’s to come in this advent season.  It’s likely the study will take place in people’s homes so we can stick to appropriate COVID-19 restrictions. More details are to come, but in the meantime if you are interested in either being a host or a participant please email Sarah Foy or phone her 06 757 2878.

Stop-In Is Open Anne and her team of amazing volunteers have reopened the doors of the Stop In Shop. Hours remain Monday to Friday 10am-3pm and 10am-12noon on Saturday. COVID-19 restrictions in place including so visitors will need to mask up, sign in and practise social distancing.

Peace Hall carpark closed Dec 4 Food bank will be running their Christmas donation drive a bit differently this year and our carpark will become a drop off centre on December 4th. Stay tuned for more details (but if you were wanting to use it on the 4th, you’ll need to make different).

Alfresco Stomping Pūkeko Stomp has been meeting up at local parks and playgrounds (given the higher protection against COVID-19 transmission that outdoor spaces provide). If you know anyone with small children who would like to join in on the fun, message our coordinator Shemane at as sessions will be weather dependent (and in the case of rain, will be held via Zoom).

2022 Home Diaries  June Moseley is taking order for the popular 2022 Home Diary. To order, give June a call (06-7583583 or 0211339711). The price is $15 and you can pay online (J Moseley TSB 15-3953-0265431-80 – please include your Christian name as the reference) or in cash in person (just not at service where you will of course be following distancing rules!).

Emotional Health Seminar St John’s Presbyterian Church in Hāwera is hosting a half day interactive course (20 November, 10am-2.30pm) on emotional health with Nick and Karen Klinkenberg. Spaces are limited to 100 so please register your interest (call 06 278 0166 or email before 3pm on Monday, 15 November. Cost free (koha will be taken).

Jars And Ice-Cream Containers Wanted Foodbank is looking for containers that they can “decant” pantry staples like flour and sugar into for their clients. If you can help out, drop them off at Foodbank. As always any donations of non-perishable food or toiletries, pet food, cleaning products etc are also very welcome.

Cathedral Grounds Tidy Up The back concrete path is currently being trimmed and cleared. The Garden of Remembrance has had a tidy up. The rimu tree on the walkway to the Lycgate has been pruned. We are digging up the onion weed, so the daffodil bulbs are being removed and will be replanted after.  Anyone who has a spare hour to help dig please let Jen know!

Organ Recitals Have Restarted Our Director of Music, Christopher Luke, is resuming his popular lunchtime organ recital series. Admission is by gold coin donation and social distancing and other Covi-19 public health measures will apply. Upcoming dates are:

  • Tuesday 2 Nov: St Joseph’s Catholic Church @ 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 17 Nov: St Andrew’s Stratford @ 11.30am
  • Thursday 18 Nov: Interim Cathedral @ 12.15pm
  • Wednesday 24 Nov: - Wesley Methodists, Hāwera @ 11.15am

St Chad’s Vaccination Clinic Not Going Ahead The Westown/Marfell vaccination clinic we mentioned in last week’s newsletter is on hold as a number of other clinics have run in this area recently. We’ll let you when/if it’s rescheduled.

Fundraising Total Update The fundraising total for The Project is at $12,263,987.90 as of September 30th.

Path Around Eastern Side of Cathedral Closed Out of an abundance of caution we will be closing off the path which starts from the Vivian Street pedestrian gate. If you need to visit the Office or grounds please use the Robe or Brougham Street entrances. There is currently no vehicle access and you will need to follow both Level 2 regulations and those in place because of construction work.

Community Café Remains Closed Construction work and Covid alert levels mean it is not currently feasible for us to run the Community café. Rest assured the team are continuing to monitor things and are keen to reopen the café when we can do so safely and practically. There is a volunteer meeting this coming Tuesday morning – contact Jen if you are keen to come along.

Sunday 10am Service of The Word If you wish to join us in-person, please make sure you are familiar with the Covid Guidelines we have in place. We know it is difficult to come together and remain apart but by taking collective responsibility and remaining in our own bubbles (resisting the urge to congregate before or after Service) we can help keep everyone safe.

Log-On For Worship Instead Each week we are offering an online service — now available via YouTube as well as Facebook — and we encourage parishioners to give this a try. Click to watch this week’s service on YouTube or Facebook. 

Chaplaincy Plant Sale Fundraiser Cancelled Unfortunately, due to ongoing uncertainty, Taranaki Hospital Chaplaincy have made the hard decision to cancel The Giant Plant Sale for this year.

Changes Due To Covid-19 As you will know all too well, our collective situation is rapidly evolving. We will endeavour to communicate any changes at Taranaki Cathedral as quickly as possible on the website ( but please bear in mind there will generally be a lag between Government announcements and our updates while we assess the implications and put things in place.

 Accommodation Wanted A Christian woman who describes herself as a “quiet, kind, non-smoker”, is moving to New Plymouth and looking for accommodation (preferably within a Christian household) while she studies at Computer Lab. Get in touch with Jen in the office if you are able to help her. 

Weekday Services Still Suspended Please note, only Sunday services are currently being offered. We will let you know when weekday services re-commence.

October Archdeaconry Meeting Cancelled The Archdeaconry meeting planned for October 26 will not be going ahead. The next Archdeaconry Meeting is currently scheduled for November 19, 5-7pm, at Holy Trinity Fitzroy.

2022 Home Diaries Yes, it's already THAT late in the year! June Moseley is taking order for the popular 2022 Home Diary. To order, give June a call (06-7583583 or 0211339711). You can pay online (J Moseley TSB 15-3953-0265431-80 – please include your Christian name as the reference) or in cash when you meet again!!  Kia ora whanau — June

Covid Level 2-Delta at Taranaki Cathedral 

Church Buildings

Only staff are to use parish buildings (and even then this is being strictly managed due to diistancing rules, mask guidelines and our limited space and ventilation)

You can reach Jen in the office during her normal hours (9-2pm weekdays) and outside these times the phones go through to one of us (so if you get asked to leave a message please do – it just means we’re on a call or similar but we will call you back asap).

If you NEED to visit, please call ahead to arrange a suitable time and remember you will need to wear a mask, sign in (via the Tracer Ap or our paper register) and follow the distancing rules.

In-Person Worship

  1. Services can be attended by up to 100 people with appropriate distancing between bubbles.
  2. Social distancing of one metre should be maintained between bubbles
  3. Masks must always be worn by all present (participating and all leading). Service leaders and readers can remove masks while speaking.
  4. All attending must sign in, either via the Covid Tracer App or our manual register 
  5. Service of the Word- no communion; retiring offertory; no sharing of peace
  6. Congregational singing is not permitted. Performance singing (small choir or soloists) is permitted, masks do not have to be worn by performers, but 1-metre distancing between singers and 3-metres between singers and congregation should be maintained. 
  7. Food or drinks will not be served as unable to provide appropriate distancing requirements.
  8. Hand sanitiser is readily available
  9. High touch surfaces (e.g. door handles…) will be disinfected before and after every service.

Front Of Hatherly Hall Out of Bounds As part of planned works, Clelands Construction are removing the Porte Cochere attached to the front of Hatherly Hall. The timing on this has changed slightly, so the area will be out of bounds for a few more weeks. We’ll let you know when work in this area is finished.

Pūkeko Stomp Our new Pūkeko Stomp coordinator is on the hunt for volunteers to help with this popular activity when it returns (in Term 4 – again Covid Levels allowing). There is a minimal time commitment (1 to 1.5 hours on Monday mornings from 9.45/10.15 to 11.15ish) and Shamane is happy to organise a roster so you don’t need to go every week. Duties are flexible depending on what you’d like to do, from interacting with the littlies to prepping morning tea. Email to find out more.

Speaking of Pūkeko Stomp, it will be running online sessions for the next two weeks (before a break as usual over the holidays). If you or someone you know would like to join in, email to be added to the private group.


A Morning Prayer Alternative Here’s a great idea from two of our parishioners who highly recommend the Dean of (the UKs) Canterbury Cathedral’s daily morning prayer. It can be accessed on you tube, or via their website

 Hospital Chaplaincy Plant Sale Change of Date This is postponed until we are in Level One  with a prospective date of Saturday 6th November (8am-midday at St Andrews). This fundraiser can’t take place under Level 2 restrictions which is why we are hopeful that we will be in Level ONE by the 6th November. Plants will be able to dropped off at St Andrews Church from 4pm on Friday 5th November.

Share the Gift Of Vaccination The Anglican Mission Board is running a great “Get One Give One” initiative to help overcome some of the vaccine inequality we are seeing around the globe. If you would like to give someone else the gift of vaccination then you can donate $10 (or more) at their Give A Little page HERE

175th Activities Postponed Our Anniversary Committee has made the tough decision to postpone our weekend of 175 activities planned for later this month. They are currently working through a few different scenarios and we will let you know what decisions are made re: rescheduling and marking the day itself. For those who have prepaid for the Spring Fling or High Tea, we are working on a system to process refunds. Stay tuned.

Hatherly Hall Entrance Out Of Bounds As part of planned works, Clelands Construction will be removing the  Porte Cochere attached to the front of Hatherly Hall and there will be no access to the building via this entrance between (approximately) September 13-27th.

Community Café We anticipate that, between Covid Alert Levels and planned building work, the Community Café will not reopen until some time in October. In the meantime, if you’re splashing out on a takeaway, think about supporting our long-time volunteers who run Marinovich’s on Brougham Street. Call them on 758 4749 Thursday-Saturday 4.30-8.30pm (and remember your mask when you come in for your contactless pick up).  

Season Of Creation Series Will Be RescheduledFor those looking forward to this series of Sunday worship, rest assured it will be rescheduled for when we are able to meet in person again.

We are available via phone and email Please continue to look after your physical, mental and spiritual health. If you need or want to get in touch we are always available on 75 83 111 (calls are diverted to our mobiles – if you get through to voicemail it simply means we are on a call or busy, leave a message and rest assured we will get back to you as soon as we can). You can also email the office at

Children & Families Ministry Update We are very happy to let you know that Shemaine Mohacsy, who has worked with Cath for a number of years, will start coordinating Pūkeko Stomp. Reverend Dan and Mai has taken over responsibility for our Children and Families Ministry on Sundays at 10am. Both these arrangements will be in place until the end of 2021, giving us time to prayerfully consider how these important areas of ministry will continue in 2022.

Site Safety During Works Clelands Construction will begin phase 2 of building works the week commencing August 16. If you haven’t already, please familiarise yourself with changes to parking, access and activities on the Hatherly side of the road. No disruptions are expected on the Peace Hall side of the road.

Fundraising Total Update The fundraising total for The Project is at $12,254,500.83 as of July 31st.

Get Involved Our wonderfully successful Stop In second hand shop is powered by amazing volunteers and they are currently looking for more people who could lend a hand. If you (or someone you know) want to be part of this fun and friendly team and have half a day a week or fortnight to spend in our busy shop please express your interest to Anne Street as soon as possible.

Archdeaconry Events 2021 There will be a new format for meeting together this year. Read about the rationale behind the changes and see what we have planned HERE.