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Maungatapere Interdenominational War Memorial Church

While it’s a known landmark, this brick church has a very significant history for our local Maungatapere community. It was built to recognise those who served WWI.

It’s one of only two known War Memorial Interdenominational churches in New Zealand and is not affiliated with any religion or church group. The church is managed by a volunteer committee.

In October 1919 a local committee was set up to build a church as a memorial to the men from the district who served during 1914-1918 and lost their lives. The church was funded and built entirely by the local Maungatapere community, which wasn’t an easy or quick task. It eventually opened in early 1928.

The second roll of honour was added after WWII.

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In 2017, the church underwent a major restoration led by the Mangakahia Lions Club, including a stunning new stained glass window, with significant support from the community. It was officially reopened on Armistice Day, 11 November 2018 – 100 years after the ending of the Great War. 

The church is available for hire for meetings and events. If you’d like to know more about booking or are interested in volunteering, check out their community directory listing or find them on Facebook.

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