The Concept

A new Church facility is a very special and exciting project.  Here are some ideas that we believe will serve as strong design drivers for a place of worship.  (Download copy Concept Presentation 25th – 26th July 2015)



We are a pilgrim people of faith under the inspiration and protection of Te Whaea Tapu o Kāpiti, centred in the Gospel of Christ and living out our core values of worship, hospitality, community, justice and service.

We commit to being an inclusive, caring, welcoming community of love, understanding and acceptance; we love and support each other in our lives and ministries.

We are called to mission as disciples of Jesus, responding to the needs of all peoples around us, inspired through Eucharist to work for the common good.

We are committed to cultural integrity and sensitivity in the integrated design and use of land across the site.  We seek pastoral, social, worship and support services integration between church and school.

We seek to create a physical and spiritual environment which is a place of warmth and welcome, colour and comfort, style and sacredness, simple yet flexible and versatile in design.

We seek to distinguish spaces by their nature and use – worship, gathering, socialising, hosting/entertaining, meeting and prayer whilst maintaining a holistic approach to design across the site.

We wish our church building to be recognisably Catholic, a witness to our faith within the wider community.

We commit to recognising our rich faith traditions, while utilising contemporary design and materials to reflect our new journey as a single parish community.




Historical Traces – The current parish can trace a history to the Marist community at Pukekaraka. This is the oldest catholic community in New Zealand and was established in 1858. There Historical Map are a number of other sites along the Kāpiti coast that further fill the genealogy of the parish.

These include; the Our Lady of Lourdes church at Paekakariki, The Statue of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Patricks in Paraparaumu and Our Lady of Fatima in Waikanae. We have mapped these places and traced the lines of connection from these sites to the new Our Lady of Kapiti Parish site. These lines will inform the planning of the building so that parishioners can experience a spiritual connection to the rich history of Our Lady of Kāpiti.




Hine Nui te o Ao Katoa - When Catholicism arrived in Pukekaraka the figure of Mary was celebrated in a very bicultural way with Mary becoming ‘Hine nui o te Ao Katoa – Mary Mother of the Earth.’ Hine Nui o te Ao is nurturing, protecting and loving.



We were looking for a motif that might have the qualities of Our Lady of Kāpiti – Hine Nui o te Ao Katoa and we came across a beautiful image of the Madonna in the Marian Grotto at Pukekaraka. What is extraordinary about this Madonna is that she wears a Kākahu or cloak. The cloak can cover, warm, shelter, nurture and protect us.



Aho and Whenu – The Aho and Whenu are the warp and weft of the cloak. Whenu is short for Whenua which a word for the earth and also for Io - the omnipotent one. The Aho binds together the Whenu



Looking to the natural riches of the Kāpiti region we are interested in the forms of the the sand dune and the Pipi. The sand dunes are sculpted by the wind into beautiful parabolic curves. The Pipi is found in abudance along the coast and is a protective enclosure that can be both singular or hinged open.



Mary was the mother of Jesus. She is the God-bearer. Mary was the first to bear the Word of God.



The Meaning of Kakahu / Cloak