St Michael's Church (Anglican) and Stone Walls

State Highway 12, Ngawha

  • St Michael's Church.
    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust. Taken By: Stuart Park.
  • Window detail of St Michael's Church.
    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust. Taken By: Stuart Park.
  • Interior of St Michael's Church.
    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust. Taken By: Stuart Park.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 1 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 69 Date Entered 5th April 1984

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City/District Council

Far North District

Region

Northland Region

Legal description

Puketapu 1A1 Maori Reserve Gaz 1948 p.70

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This historic place was registered under the Historic Places Act 1980. The following text is the original citation considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.

This plain unpretentious church was opened by Bishop Cowie in 1871. Built by Messrs Neilsen and Cook, it is situated on the site of Pere Taui's Pa, the scene of a battle between Hone Heke and British forces. An earlier church Mangakahia, inspired by Reihana te Taukawau once occupied the site.

The church has vertical boarding, a steep pitched roof and a small chancel. It is rectangular in shape with small, narrow Gothic side windows and a large Gothic-arched front window.

St Michael's church is an excellent example of the simple dignified churches indicative of Maori worship.

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Construction Professionalsopen/close

Neilson & Cook

No biography is currently available for this construction professional

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Construction Dates

Original Construction
1871 -

Information Sources

Belich, 1986

James Belich, 'The New Zealand Wars and the Victorian Interpretation of Racial Conflict', Auckland, 1986

Ross, 1967 (7)

R. M. Ross, 'Maori Church, Ohaeawai', unpublished ms., Auckland, 1967 (held by NZHPT, Auckland)

Porter, 1983 (2)

Frances Porter (ed.), Historic Buildings of New Zealand: North Island (2nd edn.), Auckland, 1983

Other Information

Please note that entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero identifies only the heritage values of the property concerned, and should not be construed as advice on the state of the property, or as a comment of its soundness or safety, including in regard to earthquake risk, safety in the event of fire, or insanitary conditions.