Tuesday, March 13, 2018

St. Mary's Memorial Church, Tikitiki

Most of Maori marae (community buildings) are closed to visitors or do not permit photos. They are among the places where the great Maori artists have done their work. An opportunity to see such work is in the non-denominational memorial church of St. Mary in Tikitiki. It is a memorial to those locals who gave their lives in WWI and later in WWII. It was dedicated on ANZAC Day in 1925. The carving, textiles, matting, and the rest are beautiful.

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Tawana said...

Our private tour guide at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii was from New Zealand, and told us about tracing her family back many generations. (Of course, she would, she was Mormon!) Anyway, I was impressed by the carvings and crafts in that area. Similar to the inside of this church. Beautiful!