Methodist Church and Cemetery
24 Coast Road, Wainuiomata
List Entry Information
List Entry Status
List Entry Type
Historic Place Category 2
Private/No Public Access
19th April 1996
Blk XVI Belmont SD pt Sec 3 Wainuiomata District
This Methodist church is believed to be the first church built in Wainuiomata and, along with the cemetery, stands as a memorial to the early Pakeha settlers to the valley. In 1860 New Zealand Company immigrant Richard Prouse purchased the land on which the church and cemetery are located. Prouse built the church using timber from nearby. The first services were held in 1863. Although considered Methodist, from its earliest years the church was used for services by other denominations as well as a venue for community gatherings and festivities. The church continued to serve the Wainuiomata community with regular services until 1957 when a new church, St Stephen's, was built on the main road.
Totara shingles covered with corrugated iron
16th August 2001
Report Written By
Charles Fearnley, Early Wellington Churches, Wellington, 1977
Hira, Colleen, 2016, Our Buried History, Coast Road Church Wainuiomata.
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