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Roadside Stories: Rangiātea church, Ōtaki

In 1995 New Zealand was shocked by the arson attack that destroyed Ōtaki’s beautiful Rangiātea church. Ornately decorated with Māori kōwhaiwhai patterns and tukutuku panelling, the church – built in the 1840s – symbolised Māori and European desires to live peacefully. A replica of the destroyed building was completed in 2003.

Listen to a Roadside Story about Ōtaki and Rangiātea church. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

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Chris Maclean, 'Wellington places - Kāpiti Coast', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 June 2023)

Story by Chris Maclean, updated 1 Mar 2016