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Historic Maori Church Burnt to the Ground
28 May 1996 05:47:06
ANGLICAN COMMUNION NEWS SERVICE
Canon James M. Rosenthal, Director of Communications
Anglican Communion News Service
157 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8UT, England
Tel. 44 0171 620-1110 email@example.com
Fax 44 0171 620-1071
(New Zealand Churches News) An appeal for Rangiatea, the historic
church at Otaki built by Te Rauparaha in 1847 and recently burnt to
the ground, has been launched by the Anglican Diocese of Wellington.
The appeal for $50,000 to support the people of Te Rohe o Rangiatea
as they work through their shock and grief, and consult about the
future, has been launched following consultations between the
leadership of the diocese and of Te Upoko o Te Ika (Maori ministry
in the lower part of the North Island).
"The church at Rangiatea has been a treasure for all Anglicans in
the last century and a half," said the Most Revd Brian Davis, Primate
of the Anglican Church in the country. "We honour it as the first
great church built in this area. Rangiatea has held a special place
in the hearts of our people, and we have mourned with our brothers
and sisters of Te Rohe o Rangiatea at its loss."
The Diocese of Wellington wishes to play its part in helping the
Anglican community of Otaki to rebuild Rangiatea, and has contacted
all 73 parishes in the diocese about the appeal. "Standing Committee
is aware of the concerns of fellow Anglicans, following the tragic
fire which destroyed a church held in such affection," said the
Administrator, Mrs Elizabeth Perrott. "People will want to support
our Tikanga (cultural) partner by contributing to this appeal."
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