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Newspaper Clipping
Object ID:
Object Name:
Clipping, Newspaper
Extent of Description:
Single newspaper clipping, 33.5 x 33.5cm
Scope & Content:
[Newspaper clipping, square white paper, black print with a two colour photos of the interior of a church.]

[Newspaper article reads]


rises from
the ashes


[First 7 paragraphs]

EVEN those who have lived all their lives in Otaki can hardly believe their eyes, Rangiatea Church is back.
The totara church, known as the oldest in Maoridom, has risen from the ashes, eight years after it was destroyed by fire.
About 2000 people from throughout New Zealand attended opening celebrations yesterday for a replica of Rangiatea, built on the spot where the original stood from 1851 till the fire on October 7, 1995.
Most people, till they got their first look inside, were amazed that the new church was so similar to the original.
Many shed tears as they sat quietly gazing up at the high roof supported by three 13 metre—high totara columns, an immense ridgepole and decorated with kowhaiwhai and lined with honey—coloured toe toe stems.
"The spirit of the church, you can still feel it." a woman seeing inside for the first time said. According to Maori tradition, women has stayed outside during its construction.
Rangiatea's doors were open to visitors after a formal service led by Maori Anglican leader Bishop Whakahuihui Vercoe, Bishop of Wellington Thomas Brown, Wellington Maori Bishop Muru Walters, and priests and lay people closely linked with the church.
The service was viewed on big outdoor television screens by a mainly Maori crowd in the church grounds and in two marquees next to the church.
Bishop Vercoe said that for Rangiatea to truly succeed, people of all races and ages must be welcomed and encouraged to put some "zing" into their spirituality.

[Captions under photos]

Special gift: Rewi Panapa, of Te Kuiti, with a cross he gave to the church.

Praise be: The congregation celebrates the reopening of Rangiatea Church in Otaki on Saturday. The original totara church, built in 1851 and known as the oldest in Maoridom, was destroyed by fire in 1995. Pictures: ROB KITCHIN
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