Wellington Cathedral of St Paul

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

Wellington Cathedral of St Paul
Cathedral of Saint Paul Wellington.jpg
Denomination Anglican
Website wellingtoncathedral.org.nz
Founded 13 January 1954 (1954-01-13)
Dedication St Paul
Consecrated 15 October 2001
Functional status Active
Architect(s) Cecil Wood
Materials Reinforced concrete
Bells 14
Bishop(s) Justin Duckworth
Dean Digby Wilkinson
Director of music Michael Stewart

The Wellington Cathedral of St Paul is the cathedral church of the Anglican Diocese of Wellington, New Zealand and the seat of its bishop of Wellington.

Construction 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.[1]

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.[2]

Cecil Wood, 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.[1]

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 Heritage New Zealand.[citation needed]

Deans of St Paul's[edit]

  • 1948–1962: David Jones Davies [1]
  • 1963–1977: Walter Edmund Wilmshurst Hurst [1]
  • 1978–1985: James Thomas [1]
  • 1985–2002: Michael Henry Brown [1]
  • 2003–2004: Douglas Everett Sparks[3][4]
  • 2004–2012: Frank Nelson [5] (afterwards Dean of Adelaide, 2012)
  • 2012–present: Digby Wilkinson


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



  1. ^ a b c d e f Blain, Michael. Wellington Cathedral of S Paul: A History 1840–2001. 
  2. ^ "Wellington Region". Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  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. ^ "Saint Paul's Cathedral, Wellington". Retrieved 29 December 2012. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°16′35″S 174°46′39″E / 41.2763°S 174.7774°E / -41.2763; 174.7774