St John the Baptist (Waitara) St Andrew's Church (Stratford)  St John the Evangelist St Mark's Church (Lepperton) Opunake Methodist Church Purangi Church - 1973 St Barnabas' Church St Andrew's Church (Opunake) c1917 The Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary  

                        Rahotu Methodist Church c1950s  St Stephen's Church  St Joseph's Catholic Church of Waitara   St Aubyn Methodist Church Knox Church/Lifegate Apostolic (Inglewood)  Gospel Hall (Stratford) Church of the Immaculate Conception St Philomena's Church Whiteley Memorial Methodist Church

                                            Taranaki Churches .

This basket provides information and images of the many churches that are found in Taranaki. While some have remained unchanged for many years, others have been significantlly altered. There are also those that have been moved onto new sites or in some cases demolished.

For any further information please contact staff at the Taranaki Research Centre in Puke Arki.

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Hawera Baptist Church.

Hawera Baptist Church

The Baptists first started meeting in Hāwera almost 100 years ago. The first regular fellowship meetings began in May 1921 on a monthly basis. The arrival of the first pastor, Rev. Ernest Goring, in February 1923, marks the formal establishment of the church in the town.

The church purchased the present site (corner of Argyle and Surrey Streets) in 1923. Following years of fundraising the congregation had sufficient funds to erect a church in 1928. 

The new church was opened on

Alton All Saints Church.

Alton All Saints Church 

The plans for this Anglican church in Alton were prepared in 1936 by the Hāwera architects Rough & Duffill. The land the church stands on had been donated in 1920 by Charles and Susan (nee Tagg) Amos on their departure from Alton.  

However, it was to be another 17 years (and 33 years since the gift of the land) before the church finally opened on 21 July 1953. Rev J.Jones was the Vicar and the dedication by Archdeacon Young. It was officially consecrated four months later on 29 November 1953 by

Mary Chapel 2017.

Mary Chapel 2017

2017 View: By Hamish Crimp

The Frankleigh Park Settler's Association was formed in August 1911, and one of their first tasks was to organise a Sunday School, in connection with the Whiteley Church, for the local children. A committee was set up to find a plot of land and have a building constructed for the Sunday School; in the meantime, the Sunday School was held in a room at local resident Mrs J. Roch's house. The commitee purchased

St Luke's Methodist Church (Westown).

St Luke's Methodist Church (Westown) 

The foundation stone for this Methodist church on the corner of Tukapa and David Streets was laid on 27 May, 1961. St Luke's was opened and dedicated by the Rev. Dr. J.J. Lewis on 30 September, 1961.

The corner section had been purchased in 1923 for £145. Later the same year, the local Methodist community were offered the Korito Church building in Kent Road. This was bought for £350 and a permit for its removal and erection in Westown was issued by the New Plymouth Borough Council on 25 October, 1924. Boon

St Patrick's Church 1993.

St Patrick's Church 1993 

The present St Joseph's Church in Hawera was opened by the Bishop of Palmerston North, the Most Reverend Peter Cullinane, on 19 December 1993.

The architect was Bruce Dickson and the project cost about $1.3 million.

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