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PHOTO ESSAY: Māori Anglican church in Otaki one of a kind

Sep 25th, 2018 | By | Category: Featured Article, Front Page Layout, News

Rangiātea Church in Otaki, one of few Māori Anglican churches that run Sunday services in both Māori and English, is approaching a special day.

November 23 is anniversary of church being reopened in 2003 after being destroyed by fire eight years earlier.

Reverend Georgia Hapeta explains ministers use a bilingual prayer book which translates English scriptures into Māori.

“We might start off doing the service in Māori, then further on do a part of it in English,” she says.

“It’s amazing how many Pākehā people we’ve had come in here.”

Georgia says the church has a good connection with the community, with ministers often making visits to maraes in the Kāpiti Coast.

“If you don’t have people coming to church, and you’re not really busy in the community, then you don’t get any funding,” she says.

Recently they had the Gale Force Gospel, an acapella choir from Wellington, sing at the church alongside the Kapiti Women’s Choir.

Their koha entry raised around $300.

Rangiātea Church

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