Story: Pacific churches in New Zealand

Sacred Heart Church, Petone (3rd of 3)

Sacred Heart Church, Petone

Petone's Sacred Heart (Catholic) Church includes a large Tokelauan community. The building combines European and Pacific influences. This alcove in the church's nave features a statue of Jesus Christ wearing a lei. The back wall is covered in a traditional Pacific mat, while the side wall sports a Tokelauan carving.

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Photograph by Melanie Lovell-Smith

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Cluny Macpherson, 'Pacific churches in New Zealand - History of Pacific churches', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 October 2021)

Story by Cluny Macpherson, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 10 Apr 2018