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Kutarere Church to be restored

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

KUTARERE resident Trevor Ransfield says the community has decided to restore its church and that plans for the work are being prepared. Photo Sven Carlsson OB1954-01

Sven Carlsson

THE less-loved of two religious twins will be rescued from the brink of neglect.
Kutarere resident Trevor Ransfield said a decision to restore the Kutarere Church was made at a community meeting held in February.
“It is a big part of the history here,” he said.
“A lot of people driving past stop and take photos of it.”
Mr Ransfield said that on Sunday, March 12, the Kutarere Marae trustees had held a meeting, working on the plans for the restoration.
Two identical churches had been built at Kutarere
“The other one was transported to Tanatana at Waimana and it is still active as a church.”
The two churches had been built at Biddle’s property.
“The church was built in one day,” Mr Ransfield said.
Opotiki Museum manager Dot Wilson said she used to play the organ at the church.
“It was decommissioned when I was in Australia, probably more than 20 years ago,” she said.
“There was a process it had to go through to be decommissioned.”
The organ and many other items from the church were now housed at the museum.
Mrs Wilson said the church was situated on what used to be a no-man’s land between two iwi.
“This was land that allowed for people to get to the harbour,” she said.

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