Family pray for engineer’s report to save church
A historic church on Marlborough’s east coast damaged by the Kaikoura earthquake might yet be saved from the wrecking ball.
St Oswald’s Anglican Church has sat beside State Highway 1, near Wharanui, 60 kilometres south of Blenheim, for the past 90 years attracting the attention of passing motorists.
It would normally hold monthly services for the local congregation but no sermon has passed the pulpit since the 7.8-magnitude earthquake in November.
The church was built in 1927 by Charles and Jessie Murray in memory of their son, Charles Murray, who died in 1924 while travelling in Switzerland.A relative, Leicester Murray, said wider family members had been canvassed on the future of the church and an engineer’s report commissioned to gauge the cost of repairing the damage.