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[Leaflet, white paper with black print with a picture of a church emblem on the front that has a set of scales, a book and traditional Maori patterns.]

[Leaflet reads]


[Caption under the emblem] Emblem of Rangiatea


1844 Te Rauparaha selects Totara trees at Pukeatua near Ohau for Rangiatea Church.

1847 Rev. Samuel Williams appointed to superintend the construction of Rangiatea Church

1848 Te Rauparaha returns to Otaki after 18—months of illegal imprisonment and issues his famous challenge to the tribes of Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Toa and Te Ati Awa to build a Church.

1849 The first service is held in Rangiatea Church.

1851 Rangiatea Church construction is finally completed on 7th October 1851.

1880 The Jubilee Pole was erected to commemorate 40 years of Christian Mission on the Kapiti Coast.

1886 The first recorded restoration project included strengthening the three poutokomanawa (central pillars) and poupou (wall slabs), fitting 12 new buttresses, new iron roof, repairs to the Bell, Belfry and painting.

1908 The famous architect Frederick de Jersey Clere superintended the second restoration project. The restoration included strengthening the buttresses, the foundations and base of the sidewalks, replacing rotten floorboards and elevating the sanctuary. New seating was installed, the windows were refurbished, and 20 square of tukutuku (woven panels) were replaced.

1949 The third restoration project included replacing the flooring and most of the tukutuku panels. A new carved pulpit was installed and electric lighting was fitted. The Belfry was renewed and the windows replaced with plain glass.

1950 On 18th March the confederation of iwi and hapu of Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Toa and Te Ati Awa hosted the Rangiatea centennial celebrations. The King George VI altar frontal cloth was presented by Governor—General, Sir Bernard Freyberg.

1993 The fourth restoration project was coordinated between Te Roopu Whakahaere O Rangiatea (Vestry Committee) and the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. The work included full interior restoration of tukutuku panels, kakaho ceiling insulation, kowhaiwhai, nave lights, and carved and non—carved furniture.

1994 Rangiatea Church was reopened in November 1994 after a 15—month restoration project.

1995 Rangiatea Church was destroyed by fire on Saturday 7th October 1995. Over 2000 people attended a memorial service held on the Sunday amid the remains of the 150—year—old Church, regarded by many as the most historic and sacred Maori Church in Aotearoa—New Zealand.

2001 The replication of 76 woven tukutuku panels (230 square metres) was completed by descendants of the original weavers and local community volunteers.

2002 The site for the new Rangiatea Church was marked out. The full reinstatement of Rangiatea Church began in April and concluded on 21st December 2002. The main contractor and a team of builders were selected from descendants of the original builders and the local community. All other manufacturers, suppliers, subcontractors and advisors were drawn from the local Horowhenua and Kapiti community.

2003 Rangiatea Church Opening Sunday 23rd November 2003. The theme of Joy and Celebration is testimony to an eight—year journey for the descendants of Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Toa, Te Ati Awa and the community of Rangiatea

E kore au e ngaro, he kakano i ruia mai i Rangiatea —
Never iwll be lost, the seed sown at Rangiatea


c Te Roopu Whakahaere o Rangiatea (Vestry) 2004

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