Danc­ing parish­ioners hope to raise the roof

Auckland City Harbour News - - Front Page - By Janie Smith

The St Joseph’s con­gre­ga­tion are get­ting their best dance moves ready to raise money to re­pair their Grey Lynn church.

The church is hold­ing a Po Siva, which loosely trans­lates to “night dance”, in the church hall.

Po Siva is a tra­di­tional Samoan form of fundrais­ing and Fa­ther Bill Hansell will start the event off at 10am to­mor­row with a prayer and his Samoan siva dance.

“They play the mu­sic and you can re­ally go to town and dance. It brings fam­i­lies to­gether,” he says.

The idea is that parish­ioners dance with a col­lec­tion plate in front of them and their friends and fam­ily come for­ward with do­na­tions dur­ing the per­for­mance.

St Joseph’s needs to raise $400,000 to re­pair the build­ing’s roof and com­plete a range of other projects.

Parish pas­toral coun­cil ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Daniel Smith says the roof has be­come “quite di­lap­i­dated”.

The con­crete slab roof was coated with a wa­ter­proof mem­brane when it was first built in 1961, but the mem­brane has eroded.

The build­ing has her­itage sta­tus from the Auck­land City Coun­cil and there are a num­ber of other re­pairs to be done with the money raised.

“It’s an un­usual build­ing, quite con­tem­po­rary,” says parish­ioner Sam Chow.

“The roof is unique be­cause it’s a con­tin­u­ous con­crete slab.”

The money will pay for it to be re-coated in a wa­ter­proof sub­stance.

The con­gre­ga­tion has so far raised $71,000 to­wards their tar­get.

Other projects in­clude fix­ing and re­seal­ing the coloured glass win­dows, which have his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance.

They were de­signed by pi­o­neer New Zealand ab­stract artist Mi­lan Mrku­sich and were the largest pieces of ab­stract art on a build­ing in the coun­try at the time.

The walls of the church also need wa­ter­proof­ing and Mr Smith says when­ever there is a heavy down­pour, wa­ter leaks into the build­ing.

The Po Siva is not just a Samoan event and the con­gre­ga­tion is keen to see other cul­tural per­for­mances.

The pub­lic is wel­come to at­tend from 10am to­mor­row at St Joseph’s, Great North Rd, Grey Lynn.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Re­pairs needed: From left: St Joseph’s parish pas­toral coun­cil ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Daniel Smith, Fa­ther Bill Hansell and parish­ioner Sam Chow are rais­ing money to re­pair the church.

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