Wellington Cathedral of Saint Paul

Also known as:

  • Te Wharekarakianui o Paora Tapu ki Te Whanganui-a-Tara

The Wellington Cathedral of Saint Paul is the centre of the Wellington Diocese of the Anglican Church.

Built on Molesworth Street and in full use since 1964, the Cathedral was designed by architect, Cecil Wood, in 1938. Construction was delayed by the Second World War, rising costs, and post war building restrictions. The foundation stone was laid in 1954 by the visiting Queen Elizabeth the second, though construction didn't begin until the following year.

The ecclesiastical functions of the cathedral passed from, what is now known as, Old St Paul's in 1964 but the building itself was not completed and dedicated until 1998.

See also:

Roy Cowan (Ngāpuhi, Te Atiawa), ‘Moderne Madonna’ (1976), Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

Image: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2022