The beautiful church of Rangiātea at Ōtaki, on the Kāpiti Coast, was built between 1844 and 1851. Ōtaki was the site of a Church Missionary Society mission headed by Octavius Hadfield. He had a close relationship with the Māori people, and the chief Te Rauparaha led the building of the church, although he had not converted to Christianity. Soil brought by the Tainui canoe from the sacred altar of Rangiātea in Polynesia was buried under the altar. The original church was burnt down by an arsonist in 1995, but a replica opened in 2003.
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