Saint Paul's Cathedral, Wellington

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This article relates to the Anglican Cathedral of Wellington. For the two other Wellington Cathedrals see: Sacred Heart Cathedral (Catholic) and Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary (Greek Orthodox)

Saint Paul's Cathedral, Wellington
Cathedral of Saint Paul Wellington.jpg
General information
Type Church
Location Corner of Hill and Molesworth Street, Wellington, New Zealand
Coordinates Coordinates: 41°16′35″S 174°46′39″E / 41.276323°S 174.777449°E / -41.276323; 174.777449
Construction started 1955
Completed 1998

St Paul's Cathedral, Wellington is the cathedral church of the Anglican Diocese of Wellington and the seat of its bishop of Wellington.

Work began in 1955, and was completed in 1998. It was constructed in reinforced concrete due to the effects of the 1931 Napier earthquake, making other choices impractical. It began functioning as a cathedral in 1964.[citation needed]

The wooden Lady Chapel is on the "north" side of the cathedral. The Lady Chapel was moved to Wellington Cathedral from its original site in Paraparaumu in 1990.[1]

Cecil Wood, Rt Rev H St Barbe Holland and Will Appleton discussing plans for the new Wellington Cathedral in 1945 (from left)

Previous churches[edit]

The first Church of St Paul stood behind where the Beehive stands today. This served as the first Anglican parish church for the early settlers.[citation needed]

The second (popularly known as "Old St. Paul's") was begun behind the Pipitea Marae in 1855, and was the pro-cathedral church for the Anglican Diocese of Wellington from 1866 to 1964. It is still consecrated, owned by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.[citation needed]

Deans of St Paul's[edit]

  • 2012–present: Digby Wilkinson
  • 2004–2012: Frank Nelson [2] (afterwards Dean of Adelaide, 2012)
  • 2003-2004: Douglas Everett Sparks[3][4]
  • 1985–2002: Michael Henry Brown [5]
  • 1978–1985: James Thomas [5]
  • 1963–1977: Walter Edmund Wilmshurst Hurst [5]
  • 1948–1962: David Jones Davies [5]


The entrance to the cathedral is on Hill St in Thorndon, at its junction with Molesworth St. Another prominent entrance is in Molesworth Street, just round the corner.



  1. ^ "Wellington Region". Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Saint Paul's Cathedral, Wellington". Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  3. ^ Douglas Everett Sparks, Ministerial Experience (Retrieved 9 February 2013)
  4. ^ "Dean quits Wellington Cathedral to return to US", New Zealand Herald, 8 June 2004(Retrieved 9 February 2013)
  5. ^ a b c d Blain, Michael. Wellington Cathedral of S Paul: A History 1840–2001. 

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