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Futuna Chapel (5th of 6)

Futuna Chapel

Futuna Chapel was designed by the Māori architect John Scott for the Society of Mary’s Karori retreat centre. It opened in 1961. Combining Māori and European architectural styles, it is considered by some to be New Zealand’s most important 20th-century building. In the early 2000s the society sold the property to a developer on condition the chapel was retained. The developer used the chapel to store building materials (shown here), and it was subsequently vandalised. In 2006 a group of concerned citizens formed a trust and bought the chapel. They plan to restore the structure and use it as a retreat and performance venue.

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Chris Maclean, 'Wellington region - Arts and culture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/13391/futuna-chapel (accessed 17 November 2019)

Story by Chris Maclean, updated 1 Aug 2015