in Central Blenheim adjacent to
Seymour Square, at the corner of Alfred & Henry Streets.
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The church with low grey stone clad walls and a high asphalt shingle tile roof was built in 1969. It seats 350. It has a well maintained Hobday pipe organ, a grand piano, and is equipped with a sound recording system, an overhead projector, data projector and large built-in screen. A loop is also installed for those with impaired hearing.
The church is adjacent to Seymour Square
, with its beautifully maintained gardens.It is close to the business centre of the town. Both Nativity Anglican and Wesley Methodist churches are in the same area.THE HALL
is connected to the church by an entrance lounge. A toilet block, including a disabled unit, shower and baby changing table, can be accessed from the lounge via a completely enclosed walkway, or directly from the hall.
With these we have several MEETING ROOMS and Comercial Kitchen for hire.
the large fully equipped kitchen can provide for the needs of up to 100 people.
After our 2014 safety upgrades and earthquake strengthening of the Hall we registered the Kitchen with the MDC to make it suitable for food preparation by any groups wanting to fund raise or run cooking classes.
St Andrew’s Church Complex
Recently upgraded and quake strengthened
- with disabled toilets & shower
Registered commercial kitchen-
-Suitable for fund raising food preparation or cooking classes
Large wooden floored hall
Variety of carpeted rooms
Central child-friendly premises
Church auditorium with excellent acoustics
Play groups, club meetings etc
ST ANDREW’S CHURCH HIRE - INCLUSIVE OF GST from January 2015
Church Ticket paying events (some discretion in winter months) $125.00
practice in Church $10.00 per hour
Hall & Rooms Hire is per session e.g.. Morning, Afternoon, Evening.
| || || Business|| Non Profit |
| || Hall ||$60.00||$45.00|
| || Room 6||$35.00||$30.00|
| || Room 5 ||$30.00||$25.00|
| || Room 4||$25.00||$20.00|
| || Foyer ||$35.00||$30.00|
Kitchen Free for morning and afternoon tea.
|If used for heating food for lunch or dinner ||$25.00||$20.00|
|(made up by)|| || |
| ||C. Officer||$50.00|
This fee is when the family of the deceased is not a church member.
It also applies when the minister not ours takes the service.
| || Church||$200.00|
| || C. Officer||$50.00|
| || Organist||$60.00|
| || Data Projector||$50.00|
| || Projectionist||$50.00|
A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING was held on Sunday October27th 2013. to consider the following two motions relating to strengthening the Hall. Both were agreed, unanimously. 1.“That we proceed with strengthening the hall by installing three portal frames, connecting beams and bracing and replacing the stone cladding of the East and West gables with a timber construction and lighter weight cladding. All other gables will be strengthened.”
This work with fire safety upgrades for both hall and church was completed in December 2014
Te Puea Te Wairau,
our place used to be known as "the Hole in the Clouds".
"Land is fundamental to our sense of identity.
Maori are referred to as tangata whenua “the people of the land”. T?rangawaewae – ‘a place to stand’,
is one of the most well-known and powerful M?ori concepts. It is the place where we feel especially empowered and connected – our home, our place in the world. We refer to ourselves as New Zealanders or from another homeland.
We link our identity with the land and the water which surrounds it. It is this sense of living in our place, with our family, our neighbours and the land that is so much about what it is to be human... " [copied from CWS]
I like to start with; The Wairau Lagoons.
The Waitaha people settled here countless years before us.
They were attracted by the plentiful fish and bird food resources in the lagoons,
but were also expert gardeners.
About a Km South of the Lagoons is a large memorial to the earliest Kumera gardens in NZ. [to grow Kumera at this latitude they needed to construct very large rock solar heat collectors]
Their descendants are still here and still passionate in protecting their natural and spiritual heritage,... and gardening.
For some of the Wairau Bar's history click & look at Lloyd Kerr's old notes, on the Vernon Lagoons area.
I enjoy reading in Lloyd’s notes [from W. J. Elvy “Kei Puta Te Wairau” 1957] speculations on origins of the extensive canals connected to the Lagoons and the Wairau River and the excitement of Jim Eyles’ boyhood discoveries in 1938.
But sadly Jim’s finds were followed by desecration of the site.
Rangitane custodians of the Wairau Bar were deeply hurt by the theft of their Waitaha Ancestors, and forbade further archaeological access to the sites until 2009, when stolen remains were repatriated.
And exciting discoveries were made that confirm the oral histories. These go much further back than the 700 years ago in tropical Polynesia, where some of the Ancestors came from. [eg The DNA, shows the Waitaha traditions were right, these first settlers had greater genetic diversity than the scientists had previously believed.]
Otago’s Wairau Bar Research Group are excited by the importance of this area. Professor Richard Walter says: “NZ was the most recently colonised land mass in the world. Wairau Bar is the most significant site of this colonisation phase and among the 100 most important sites in the world…”
The village site was about four times its previously known size. see some of their findings in the article:
"Voyage of rediscovery: Otago researchers’ unprecedented access to Aotearoa’s most significant archaeological site introduces us to the first New Zealanders." in Otago Magazine: Issue 34, Feb 2013
This area is still extemely important for its bird habitat, for some beautiful photos of them go to the Driftwood Eco-Tours site.