St Matthew's Presbyterian Church

Miro Street, Manunui

  • St Matthew's Presbyterian Church, Manunui.
    Copyright: Heritage New Zealand. Taken By: Greg Mason. Date: 8/06/2001.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 7420 Date Entered 17th April 1998

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City/District Council

Ruapehu District

Region

Horizons (Manawatu-Wanganui) Region

Legal description

Lots 8 & 9 DP 3499 Pt Sec 43 Manunui Village Settlement

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Historical Significance or Value

This historic place was registered under the Historic Places Act 1993. The following text is from the original Historic Place Assessment Under Section 23 Criteria report considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.

Historical:

In 1909 St. Matthew's Church and a manse were built by Harvey and Sons of Taumaranui by the Presbyterian Maori Mission Committee to accommodate the Rev. James. Monfries's work "for the betterment of the Maoris. Although intended for Maori use and early services were held in both English and Maori, it was not used for the Maori mission. The church was acquired by the local community, which then served a thriving and newly-developing timber industry. Monfries and his wife, a doctor, conducted the Sunday school. The simple wooden building built on large river boulders, remains the centre of Presbyterian life in Manunui.

This historic place was registered under the Historic Places Act 1993. The following text is from the original Historic Place Assessment Under Section 23 Criteria report considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.

Spiritual:

St Matthew's Church, built in 1909, has been a focus of Presbyterian spirituality in Manunui for over 86 years.

This historic place was registered under the Historic Places Act 1993. The following text is from the original Historic Place Assessment Under Section 23 Criteria report considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.

(a) The extent to which the place reflects important or representative aspects of New Zealand history:

Christianity has played a significant role in the history of New Zealand since 1814. The religion's spread began with missionary work amongst Maori but by the early 1900s this was largely confined to isolated rural places such as Manunui, which in 1909 was a relatively raw, mud-splattered township, serving a timber industry that had been made viable only by the very recent completion of the Main Trunk Railway. St Matthew's, planned originally as a Maori mission, served the community as a parish church and continues to do so today. Although later than many coastal and South Island churches on the NZHPT Register, St Matthew's may be considered an 'early' building for places such as Manunui.

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Construction Dates

Original Construction
1909 -

Completion Date

29th January 1998

Report Written By

Gavin McLean

Other Information

A copy of the original report is available from the NZHPT Central region office

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.