Aperahama Church (Anglican)

4842 State Highway 12, Kaikohe

  • Aperahama Church (Anglican).
    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 63 Date Entered 5th April 1984 Date of Effect 5th April 1984


Extent of List Entry

Extent of registration includes Aperahama Church (Anglican), the Gates, Free-Standing Bell and Support and churchyard and part of the land described as Pt Te Ngaohe (RT NA86D/785), North Auckland Land District

City/District Council

Far North District


Northland Region

Legal description

Pt Te Ngaohe (RT NA86D/785), North Auckland Land District


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.

Built by Messrs Neilsen Brothers and designed by Marsden Clarke Aperahama Church was opened by Bishop Cowie in 1885.

The church has a steep pitched roof and is rectangular in shape incorporating a chancel, porch and Selwyn-style steeple. It is weatherboard clad from timber pit-sawn at Horeke.

The Rev. Hohepa Matui Kapa was responsible for building the church. He died in 1929 and his grave is in the church burial ground.

Uncertainty surrounds the identity of the Aperahama after whom the church was named. It appears to refer to Aperahama te Awa, who died in 1884 and is buried in the burial ground.

Although the church belongs to the Ngati Tautahi hapu and is essentially a Maori church, European families belonged to the congregation for many years.

The church was restored and repainted in 1964. It is historically significant both in terms of its age and its association with the development of the Maori Anglican faith.


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Construction Dates

Original Construction
1885 -

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.