Church centenary celebrated
About 50 people gathered at the All Saints War Memorial Church in Rawene on August 27 to commemorate 100 years since the laying of the church’s foundation stone.
During the service Bill Rawiri and Diane Hunia from the Hokianga RSA laid a wreath of remembrance. The service was led by Archdeacons Peter and Marina Naera, assisted by Ellen Naera.
Church organising committee member Claire White says Barrie Andrewes and Heather Ayrton, whose families have had close associations with the church for many years, gave the readings, and Judith Reinken was the preacher.
Many people in the congregation had connections to the church that spanned several decades and generations, White says.
Stories of baptisms, marriages and funerals were recounted during the service which concluded with the planting of a camellia tree by Robert Proctor’s great great granddaughter Tracey Chisholm.
‘‘It was quite a significant occasion,’’ White says.
‘‘The church has been around for 100 years and Rawene is a tight community, there’s several generations of families going back over that time.
‘‘There was a lot of interesting history uncovered. We were able to access original church records from the Hokianga Historical Society. They keep a lovely archive in the museum at
‘‘There was a lot of interesting history uncovered.’’
Omapere. That was really helpful putting things together.’’
All Saints was built during WW1.
After a plea from Bishop Averill, land for the church was donated by Robert and Emma Proctor and building started immediately with voluntary labour supported by fundraising efforts.
Inside is a war memorial board with the names of 80 young men from all over Hokianga who fought and died for King and country.
Following the service the congregation made its way down to the Rawene Town Hall for refreshments.
The organising committee is now looking for more stories and photos so that they can put together a book about the church’s rich history.
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Many people turned out to commemorate the centenary of All Saints War Memorial Church in Rawene.