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Converted - Once Were Churches

Converted - Once Were Churches

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  • Tue 25 Oct ’11, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Wed 26 Oct ’11, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Thu 27 Oct ’11, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Fri 28 Oct ’11, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Tue 1 Nov ’11, 10:00am – 3:00pm
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Motueka District Museum, 140 High Street, Motueka


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

When is a church not a church? Three buildings in Motueka district still look like churches. But they are not, they have been converted. Their stories - like all the stories of our area - relate to local need, emerging local progress and, above all else, local population changes.

The Presbyterian church, Riwaka, dates from 1865. Early this century it became luxury accommodation and more recently a beauty therapist's.

The Roman Catholic of St Peter Chanel at the top of the High Street was built in 1917. Used by IHC for several years, it has now become the Chanel Arts Centre: home to the Motueka Music Group and venue for local arts.

The Methodist Church in the town centre since 1873, was vacated when the Methodists united with the Presbyterians in the 1970s: it became a restaurant - The Gothic Gourmet. It is now the Gothic Bar & Restaurant.

The story is told in pictures, artefacts and collages.

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