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St Patrick’s Cathedral Heritage Foundation

Focus area: Community Support
St Patrick’s Cathedral Heritage Foundation

St Patrick’s Cathedral holds significant cultural heritage value for Auckland and New Zealand.

Built circa 1884 on land acquired in 1841 for a cathedral that would be a local and national treasure, St Patrick’s is the embodiment of that vision. A fine example of Gothic Revival architecture, it is defined as one of Auckland’s premiere heritage buildings.

The building is classed as Category 1 with Heritage New Zealand and as Category A heritage building in the Auckland Council Operative District Plan.

A review of the building found that the Cathedral needed major renovation to protect against material degradation and the risk of earthquakes.

Gregory Shanahan, Chairman
“The St Patrick’s Cathedral Heritage Foundation is a charitable trust that was established in 2002 to raise funds for the long-term maintenance of St Patrick’s Cathedral. While the renovation was a lengthy process, it means that the walls are back to their original 1908 condition through careful conservation work. It also means that people from a wide variety of backgrounds are benefiting from the successful completion of the project.” The Cathedral’s restoration is now complete and continues to provide a quiet, reflective space for over 300,000 visitors each year in the heart of a hurried, busy Auckland.”
- Gregory Shanahan, Chairman
“The grant from Foundation North has allowed the interior walls ofthe church to be professionally restored, after seismic strengthening, thereby extending the life of the building’s cultural and heritage value for all to enjoy.”
- Gregory Shanahan, Chairman