Conservation and Restoration
The primary element of the St Patrick's Cathedral and Precinct Project was the conservation and restoration of St Patrick's Cathedral.
St Patrick's is classified as a heritage building of great national importance (NZHPT Category A - register number 97
), a community focal point of outstanding cultural and heritage significance.
St Patrick's Cathedral, place of the Bishop's chair (cathedra), is the principal church of the Catholic Diocese of Auckland and is home to a vibrant faith community.
Over 2,500 people attend Masses on a Sunday and the same again during the week. The Cathedral is a place that celebrates diversity, drawing people of all faiths, ages, ethnic backgrounds and walks of life. It stands as a witness to the Gospel - a reminder that in this place, in this very busy city, "God has pitched his tent."
After more than 160 years of faithful service to the community, St Patrick's Cathedral was in need of extensive conservation and restoration works. This $12.8M project was undertaken between 2005 and 2007. The Cathedral was officially reopened on 16 September 2007.
Since then, a Long Term Maintenance Plan has been commissioned by the Foundation to provide a guide for the long term upkeep of the building. This plan calls for $78,000 of new money to be found each year to keep the Cathedral well maintained.