Our New Build


Our Vision


We have been caring for Whānau in Karori for over 150 years. Now it’s time to do more.  We are excited to be embarking on a new venture to combat isolation, support whānau and foster well being in our community.  We are bringing God’s kingdom onto the main street of Karori. This outreach will enrich our everyday parish life, enable mission, support our discipling as we have space to engage and serve those we live among. Endless opportunities to live out generous hospitality.


    A cafe run on a social enterprise principles, space to develop lasting relationships for all generations. Training and employment opportunities too!
    High quality indoor play for children, generating income to reinvest in our community, creating moments of respite for caregivers.
    Family and individual counselling to support mental well-being.
    Anglican Youth Movement will be based on our site providing discipleship, outreach, a place to belong.
    Traffic free courtyard for play, benefiting all kids and youth ministries.
    There are limitless future possibilities of services we could deliver from this site.  Design will be flexible to accommodate this.


  • Reduced isolation, lasting relationships formed
  • Support and strengthened Whānau
  • Income generated to reinvest in our community
  • Our Church known for its care of the community and its missional outreach


First built in 1866 our Church has served Karori and Makara for generations.

Through wars, earthquakes, depression and everyday life we have supported whānau through pastoral care, mothers union, pre-school child care, (including the first playcentre in NZ, established during WWII), playgroups, activity groups, aged care support and more recently our Early Childhood Centre and After School Care programme (SMASH).

This new building will become a landmark of Marsden Village, a place that will evolve to serve and support future generations – a place our great grandchildren will come to know as part of their DNA.

Be Part of the Future

  • Our total building cost will be around $4 million.
  • We have already raised over half of this funding thanks to the incredible generosity of people committed to our vision and proceeds from the sale of St Philips.
  • We are seeking a further $2 million, join us as we make this vision a reality.
  • If you would like to donate to the project please click below.

Want to Know More?

Please get in touch with Kate Harvey-Green, Ian Cook or Geoff Lee.

Your Personal Response


Prayerfully respond as generously as your circumstances will allow.  Remember that gifts are tax deductible and 100% of your donation will go towards the new build.

Current Project Update

  • We are excited to announce we have been granted resource consent in late April 2020.
  • Our next steps include  developing detailed design drawings.
  • We will be seeking Parish approval before entering into a contract with a building company.
  • We are exploring the best name for our new building, and appropriate branding to reflect everything that Karori Anglican Churches is in the community.
  • We are exploring options for an appropriate partner, who shares our vision to deliver our hospitality element.
  • Look out for updates on Facebook, here on the website, the newsletter and in the church gathering area.
  • Tell your friends outside of the church about what we are doing, together we will be able to achieve our vision.

Completed Building Work


We have completed a number of building projects over the past few years to ensure our communities safety, preserve the buildings and to create new environments for everyone to enjoy.

St Mary’s Bell Tower

The strengthening of St Mary’s Tower has been completed. The Tower reopened on 14 August 2016.

St Mary’s Early Childhood Education Centre

The strengthening of ECEC was completed in late 2014/early 2015, and the centre has been being used since the beginning of 2015. 

St Matthias (Strengthening Works)

The strengthening and repair work is complete and the church reopened in December 2017.  Thanks to the parishioners, Wellington City Council, Built Heritage Incentive Fund, Lion Foundation and Meridian Energy for their friendly support.

Playgarden Development

In 2019 we developed the office lawn area to include a play area.  This space has been very popular for both our afterschool programme and with the public as we have encouraged everyone to come and enjoy this fun space.  Further planting and landscaping is planned during 2020.

Future Work

Construction of our New Build is planned to start in 2020.  This project will address the earthquake risk of the Old Parish Hall.

There will then be two further projects to complete:  St Mary’s Church Strengthening and the former Vicarage strengthening.

We will need to raise around $1.8 million to strengthen St Mary’s, we are optimistic that Heritage funding will be able to support this.  The work will need to be completed by 2028.

It is likely that the strengthening of the AYM house (former church vicarage) will be completed following this.

Your Personal Response


Prayerfully respond as generously as your circumstances will allow.  Remember that gifts are tax deductible and 100% of your donation will go towards the new build.


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