|The Cathedral Project at Taranaki Cathedral
received yet another welcome boost during September when Taranaki building company Jones and Sandford donated $100,000 to the project.
"It (the Cathedral) has been a big part of our family's life for generations and with this donation we hope it will be here for the next generation and the generations that follow that," says Stuart Jones.
Roger Jones says "I have no doubt there will be more Jones and there will be more Sanford funerals, weddings and baptisms here so we have got to get this place open again."
We are sincerely grateful for this generosity!
The project has now raised nearly $9m of the $15m target and plans for a strengthened cathedral and redeveloped site are advancing well. The project will involve the sensitive earthquake strengthening of the historic stone Cathedral, the oldest stone church in New Zealand. The site development plan includes repurposing of the historic vicarage and a new building, Te Whare Hononga (the house that binds) which will reflect Te Ao Māori, the place of Ngāti Te Whiti, Te Atiawa as mana whenua. The result will transform the site into a significant heritage, education and tourism destination.
(Andrew Moffat, St Mary's)
Below: artist's impression of exhibition and teaching space in Te Whare Hononga.