St David’s

St. David’s is a country church located at 591 Matangi Rd.

It is now owned by the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of Australia and New Zealand. Contact is Rev Ovidiu Motofelea, St George Orthodox Parish,, 021750431.


History to December 2018

St David’s was built in 1933. The design is typical of early settler churches in New Zealand. The foundation stone was laid in November 1932 by Bishop Cherrington (the first Bishop of Waikato) who in February 1933 also consecrated the church after it was completed at a cost of £500.00. The architect was Mr Edgecumbe of Edgecumbe and White. The builders were Mssrs Murphy and Short. The bell and windows are from St Peter’s, a church built in 1876 at the southern end of Victoria Street in Hamilton, which was demolished when the present Cathedral was built.

The funds were raised by the local community through bring and buys, dances, country picnics, children’s fancy dress parties and other social functions along with the generous donation of the land, harmonium and altar.  The ministry was supplied from St Peter’s Cathedral with services operating once per week until petrol rationing in the 1940s reduced these to fortnightly.

The falling attendances in the post-war years further reduced services to once per month.

St David’s had become part of St Francis Co-operating Parish which formed in 1976 when Anglican, Methodist and Presbyterian congregations came together and established the present church district which includes the St Francis Church, St Andrew’s Tauwhare and St David’s Matangi. Services under St Francis continued until 9 December 2018.

Prior to the amalgamation there were three churches in Matangi.  The Waikato East Charge of the Presbyterian Church and the Methodist Church were both operating in 1915. In 1918 the Methodist Church was built and utilised by both congregations until the Presbyterians established their own building on the land given by the Methodist Church. The Methodist Church closed in 1970 and was demolished in 1975. The Presbyterian Church closed in 1963 and was sold in 1975. The Methodist Church was sited at 598 Matangi Road, and the Presbyterian Church is now incorporated in the property at 600 Matangi Road.

St David’s is a designated Historic Site, protected in the Waikato District Plan for its form, materials, and facades visible from the street.

Exterior (click on images to enlarge)

Interior (click on images to enlarge)

6 thoughts on “St David’s

  1. Sick And Suffering.

    Today we pray for
    The sick and suffering
    And we will light a candle
    For them every night
    And say a little prayer tonight
    That our Lord Jesus Christ
    Heals all the sick and
    Suffering in life Amen.

    David P Carroll.


  2. St David’s is staying where it is.
    Hello Matangi
    This is an update on the sale of St David’s. There were several proposals received and St Francis Church has now sold it to another Christian Church. This Church is St George Romanian Orthodox Church who has been in the Hamilton area for some timee. A new and permanent home for them as they settle into the life of the community.
    It has been a long connection with Matangi, thank you being great neighbours. As we make the final transition of handing over I will post updates as they come in.
    Tony Wescott
    Minister for St Francis Church, Hillcrest


  3. We were married at St David’s and are planning a blessing in 5 years. Please preserve the church where it is. Beautiful building.


  4. Members of the Matangi Community are keen for the church to stay just where it is. St. David’s church has a B Heritage ranking in the Waikato District plan so it is hoped that the priority for Council and the Parish will be to retain it where it is both in terms of its history within the Matangi community as well as its connection to Hamilton.


  5. Would the church be available to buy and relocated? We could consider moving it to our Tamahere property as a second dwelling.

    Whom can I talk to about this please.



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