"Remember the past with gratitude, live the present with enthusiasm and look forward to the future with confidence." - Pope John Paul II, Apostolic letter Novo Millennio Ineute January 2000
St Patrick's Cathedral is one of Auckland's premiere heritage buildings, a fine essay in Gothic Revival architecture, and holds significant cultural heritage value for Auckland and New Zealand.
The Cathedral is set within beautiful St Patrick's Square, a unique open space in central Auckland with its flowing waters, intimate lawns and garden setting. Adjacent to the west side of the Square are the Cathedral Presbytery and Liston House.
In 2000, the Church's Jubilee Year, Bishop Patrick Dunn commissioned a small project group to define a vision for St Patrick's and its surrounding precinct, to confidently take the Cathedral into the new millennium.
In 2002, the St Patrick's Cathedral Heritage Foundation was established to financially support major conservation and restoration projects on the Cathedral building and surrounding environs, in consultation with the Auckland Council and NZ Historic Places Trust staff. Completed projects to date include the:
- restoration of St Patrick's Cathedral - completed September 2007
- upgrade of St Patrick's Square - completed October 2009
- external lighting of the Cathedral - completed September 2011
The Foundation is currently working towards the development of a Cathedral Centre; that is, the restoration of St Patrick's Cathedral Presbytery and the redevelopment of Liston House.
The Foundation's work recognises that the Cathedral and its surrounds are - A Precious Heritage Entrusted To Us.