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The Anglican Church in the Papakura District, 1862 - 2012
A history of Christ Church, Papakura, St John's, Drury, and St Margaret's, Karaka

Edited by Bishop RP McWatt BA (NZ)

It is our privilege to showcase this history. It is our hope that our record shows how Christianity has been at work in the Papakura District in the past 150 years. We share this in the hope that we can learn from our past and continue to grow our region together.

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First published in 2012.

Published by Papakura Anglican Parish
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Preface to the 2012 edition

When the writing of this edition of the 150-year history of the Anglican Church in the Papakura District was proposed, it was decided by the project team to essentially retain and re-publish the centenary history of 1962 authored by the Rev. Murray Mills. This he willingly agreed to with any updating or additions that might be considered appropriate. For his generosity we are very grateful.

The main changes made were in the histories of St. John’s, Drury, and St. Margaret’s, Karaka.

For St. John’s, Mrs. Margaret Garnett undertook the work of modifying and updating the Rev. Mills’ work from her own research.

Bishop R.P. Mc Watt, the editor, has done the same for St Margaret’s.

These two parts of our history have been placed in Section C of this 150th anniversary history.


The recent history of the past fifty years of the mother church in Papakura is also the work of the editor.

When this book was proposed it was clear that most interest in it would come from the local areas in which these churches were located and for this reason it was important that human interest be given prominence. At the same time it was important to have the history as a reflection of the issues dominant in the church and society of the times. These issues have influenced the way the church serves its own community and the world beyond. It is our hope that our record shows how Christianity has been at work in the Papakura District in the past 150 years.

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