Story: Communes and communities

Dinner at the Southern Star Abbey, 1989

Dinner at the Southern Star Abbey, 1989

Cistercian monks at Southern Star Abbey in rural Hawke's Bay eat a simple dinner. The abbey was founded in 1954 by a group of six Irish monks on a property donated to the church. They lived in the former shearers' quarters while erecting prefabricated buildings to serve as a monastery. Cistercians are a contemplative order originating in France whose members follow a simple, austere lifestyle.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP-1989-2745
Photograph by Phil Reid

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Caren Wilton, 'Communes and communities - Religious and spiritual communities', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2022)

Story by Caren Wilton, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 Apr 2018