St Luke's Anglican church memorial, Pakipaki

War memorial gates at St Luke's Anglican church, Pakipaki c1986.

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The memorial posts showing names, 2010.

The Soldiers Memorial Church of Saint Luke’s Pakipaki was dedicated on 16 June 1923 by The Right Reverend Vedanayagam Samuel Azariah Bishop of Dornakal, during a tour of New Zealand from India.

On the same day Reverend Frederick Bennett consecrated the entrance gates and supporting stone wall as a memorial to soldiers that died during the First World War.  In his opening address, the chief Mohi Te Atahikoia explained that the long side of the wall is dedicated to Pākehā soldiers and the short side of the wall is dedicated to Māori soldiers.

The church is designed by James Chapman-Taylor and replaces a previous wooden church of the 1870s.  The church is built with a mix of Napier and Pakipaki limestone and red brick with terracotta roof tiles.

Paraire Tōmoana reported the opening of Saint Luke’s in a dedicated issue of Toa Takitini, available through Papers Past Toa Takitini, Issue 24, 1 July 1923, Waipatu. See an photograph of the event on the Alexander Turnbull Library website.

The memorial plaques read:

ERECTED
TO THE MEMORY OF OUR
PAKEHA AND MAORI
SOLDIERS
WHO GAVE UP THEIR LIVES
FOR
GOD, KING AND COUNTRY
1914 – 1918

ERECTED
16 JUNE 1923 

HEI TOHU AROHA
KI NGA HOIA
MAORI, PAKEHA
I TUKU I A RATOU
KI TE MATE
MO TE ATUA, MO TE KINGI
MO TE WHENUA
1914 – 1918

HE MEA WHAKAARA
16 HUNE 1923

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Kirsty

Posted: 16 Oct 2018

Hi there please needing to know how I can get in contact with this church to get prof of baptism certificates as I live in whangarei please of someone could email me a phone number or email address kirstyleesingh@outlook.com 094385928

the rev brenda parker

Posted: 08 Jan 2015

as the present Priest this church correct name is St Luke's Anglican Church the gate post are the memorial