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Historic Church Gets New Life

Historic Church Gets New Life

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Councillor Judy Lawley outside the newly restored St Michael’s Church.

18 February 2008



The reopening of St Michael’s Chapel (on March 2-3) marks another milestone in the history of Henderson.

The chapel, which was built in 1914, has been restored by the Henderson Heritage Trust with the assistance and co-operation of Waitakere City Council. It has been resited to the Corban Estate Arts Centre, and will be officially opened by Mayor Bob Harvey as part of an open weekend for the public.

The gothic style building with a steep pitch roof, arched windows, and stained timber interior is listed as a Category 3 historic building. An early bishop of Auckland laid the foundation stone.

Councillor Judy Lawley, Chairperson of Waitakere City Council’s Culture and Community Committee, says the restoration project is an exciting example of a community trust and the Council working together in partnership.

“So much of New Zealand history is either forgotten or bulldozed in the name of progress,” she says. “It’s wonderful that a building like this which has served the community so well for close to 100 years will do so for at least another century”.

Ms Lawley also acknowledged the work of the Henderson Heritage Trust. “The trustees and indeed everyone involved in the project have been tireless in their efforts over a number of years. Without their commitment this wonderful community asset would simply have rotted away.”

Restoration involved major work and included new stained glass, replacing timber work inside and out, re-roofing, reconstruction of the bell tower, repainting, the installation of lighting, heating, and fire alarms and a small extension for a kitchen.

The chapel will be used for community functions, art exhibition openings and other gatherings.


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