This is a report on the building itself… if you want a view on the actual worship experience, see my Mystery Worshipper Report.
It is, of course, one of New Zealand’s Concrete Churches, albeit a rather big, pink one. The first response of many people, particularly British visitors, is ‘ghastly’, but I actually rather like it. Given that stonework and brickwork are absolutely useless in an earthquake-prone country, and wooden churches have a terrible record with fire, it’s difficult to find anything else that would be a better material. These days there’d be more metal and glass to break up the impact of all the concrete – but if you want a big meeting-house with a tower on the side you’re going to end up with something quite like this.
But the part I don’t like is… all the twiddly detail in the surroundings and tracery of the windows, that silly detail on the external pulpit, and all that stuff.
The buildig is