Dancing parishioners hope to raise the roof
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.
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.