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St. James' Anglican Church, November, 2007
St. James' Anglican Church, November, 2007
Ngatimoti is located in New Zealand
Ngatimoti's location within New Zealand
Coordinates: 41°13′S 172°54′E / 41.217°S 172.900°E / -41.217; 172.900Coordinates: 41°13′S 172°54′E / 41.217°S 172.900°E / -41.217; 172.900
Country  New Zealand
Time zone NZST (UTC+12)
 • Summer (DST) NZDT (UTC+13)
Area code 03

Ngatimoti is a town near Motueka in New Zealand's South Island. Its Māori name means "of Timothy".

The town lies on the banks of the Motueka River and has been inhabited since 1855 when the Salisbury brothers arrived in the river valley. The local economy includes forestry, apple orchards and sheep and dairy farming. It is connected to the town of Motueka by the Motueka Valley Highway (formerly SH 61).


The name for this community came from a recently converted Māori Christian who carved his name into a tree at the corner of what is now Ngatimoti school. On 1 January 1863 the town featured the first formal gathering of the Brethren religious movement, at the house of a local settler, James George Deck[1] and by the 1900 census the movement had nearly 2% of the total NZ population. This created a tension between Brethren and Anglican settlers in the valley. The Anglicans sent troops to World War I, while the Brethren adopted a semi-pacifist stance. The first New Zealander to die in the conflict was from Ngatimoti. An ongoing characteristic of the community is the peaceful coexistence and respect for a wide variety of lifestyles and viewpoints, including conservative farmers, hippies and communes. The town experienced major floods in 1877 and 1990, contributed to by extensive deforestation of the steep surrounding region.


Ngatimoti School is a small school that was opened on August 17, 1868.[2]

St. James Church[edit]

St. James is an Anglican church which was erected in 1884. The building is constructed of Tōtara and Rimu.[3]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Lineham, Peter J. "The Significance of J.G. Deck 1807-1884" (PDF). University of Massey. p. 13. Retrieved 4 June 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  2. ^ Beaston, Kath; Whelan, Helen (1993). The River Flows On. Nelson: Stiles Printing Ltd. 
  3. ^ Wells, Annette (2003). Nelson's Historic Country Churches. Nelson: Nikau Press.