2017 - Ready for the future

After 15 years of Committees and task forces, Special Parish Meetings have considered and acted on the implications of all this, which brings us to now - the point of building a new centre to replace the hall and also to earthquake strengthen the church, tower, and other buildings.

We have embarked on a major $5 million programme of seismic repairs or replacement for all our buildings. This started in 2012 and is expected to take until 2021 to complete.


ST Mary's Bell Tower

The strengthening of St Mary’s Tower has been completed at a cost of $150,000 and the Tower reopened on 14 August 2016.

Thanks to the cooperation of the groups that use St Mary’s we were able to keep using the Church over the six weeks the work took. Thank you for the support of this important strengthening work.


early childhood education centre

The strengthening of ECEC was completed in late 2014/early 2015, and the centre has been being used since the beginning of 2015. 

All payments have been made for this, coming to a cost of $200,000. Thanks to the support from all during this time.

St Matthias Church

Completion: June 2017

The work on St Matthias Church (Makara) is expected to cost $204,000.

As to date the total amount fundraised for this is $144,000.

Community Centre

Completion: 2018

The Community Centre will replace the current parish hall in order to meet the needs for the Church into the future. Currently $2,200,000 has been raised to date, of a $2,800,000 budget.

St Mary's Church

Completion: 2020

This work covers stage 2 of the strengthening of St Mary's Church and bell-tower.

The fundraised amount for this is included with the Community Centre to date of $2,200,000. The total costs for this work is expected to be $1,500,000.

Parish Offices

Completion: 2021

This work is expected to cost $100,000 and fundraising/work for this hasn't begun yet. 

The estimated costs for the Community Facing Centre and the outstanding Seismic Repair work is $4.6 million. We have $1.2 million in hand. We need to raise $1.5 million from Parishioners and $2 million from the community.

$2000 or $5000 or $7500 or $10,000 or $20,000 over 5 years

$25,000 or $50,000 over 5 years

$150,000 or $250,000 over 5 years

How it Works

Each gift amount is accumulative over 5 years, therefore the annual gift is 1/5th of the amount given. We need in total 102 gifts which will provide $1.5 million towards the redevelopment.

Your Personal Response

Prayerfully respond as generously as your circumstances will allow, and spread your gift over five years in the manner that best suits your circumstances. Remember that gifts are tax deductible.