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)
Photograph by Phil Reid
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