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St Lukes: Little Akaloa

St Lukes Anglican Church at Little Akaloa, on the north side of Banks Peninsula. This 1906 stone building replaced the 1874 church, which had been a school, and was destroyed by fire.
Chief benefactor John Menzies, a lay reader, not only donated much of the money for the new church, he did much of the construction and decorative work. Menzies' designs, using Maori motifs, are a feature of the church.

Update: Jan 2012. As mentioned in the comment below by Rick Menzies, the church is currently closed due to earthquake damage. Consequently on this visit I was unable to photograph inside. The good news is that, from the outside at least, the damage appears to be insignificant. I stayed in the bay from December 27 until January 4 during which there were a few reasonable 'shakes'. They are not so violent as in the city of Christchurch however.
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