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LEAP OF FAITH:
Whitehead can see
Sefton's St Luke's
church making an
interesting home for
a new owner with the
right kind of vision.
By RACHEL MACDONALD
SEFTON'S HISTORIC St Luke's
church is on the market following a
decision by the Presbyterian Church
that the cost of strengthening the 107-year-
old building is beyond its reach.
Minister Nancy-Jean Whitehead says the
structure is certainly repairable, but the
church cannot justify the expense.
We lost the use of St Luke's for some
months after the September quake, so were
very excited to hold our re-opening service
on the second Sunday of February last year.
It was re-energised as a meeting place for
the community, a place to hold public
forums and post-quake discussion groups,
but then 10 days later, the February quake
There are times you just can't win
against nature,'' she said.
The current church is the second on the
site. The first -- a pretty little wooden build-
ing -- was finished and dedicated in 1873.
It was moved to one side of the property in
1905 to make way for its replacement and
served as a Sunday school until its demo-
lition in the 1930s.
Today's St Luke's is a double-skinned
brick building with Oamaru stone facings
around the neo-Gothic windows.
It has 160 square metres of floor space
and is on a 2352sqm site.
We're really hoping someone will fall in
love with it, and the beautiful trees in the
garden, and treat it well,'' Mrs Whitehead
CRT real estate agent Maurice Newell
says there has been a lot of interest in the
listing since it went live on November 9.
It's a bit larger than many of the
churches that have been sold recently, and
people see it potentially making an attract-
ive home, although being zoned rural, they
would need council consent to turn it into a
dwelling,'' he said.
Others have been considering it for a stu-
dio or as a retail premises.''
The parish will say goodbye to its place of
worship at a closing service at 2.30pm on
This will be followed by afternoon tea in
the Sefton Hall, which will include a
display of photographs and other
If interested in attending RSVP to Mrs
Whitehead at: email@example.com or phone
03 314 8110.
By CATE BROUGHTON
CONTINUED Page 2
AMBERLEY WILL host the first large-
scale supermarket for the Hurunui with
resource consent approved for a 3564sqm
Countdown supermarket at the new
Brackenfields shopping centre.
The supermarket is planned to be open
by the end of January 2014, after Pro-
gressive Enterprises signed a lease with
the Alamidas shareholders, who own
This development is going to change
the face of not only Amberley but also
that of the entire Hurunui District, and it
is now at an exciting stage after a long
journey,'' Hurunui Mayor Winton Dalley
The people of the district had wanted a
large supermarket for many years.
Ever since I've been involved with the
council there seems to have been wide-
spread demand for a supermarket in
Amberley. I hear it every day -- and it's
not just Amberley -- it's the communities
But Mr Dalley said it will not change
the area's essential rural character,
cemented in a community plan developed
through consultation about eight years
Design features such as sympathetic
use of cladding materials, natural colours
and generous planting have been
included in the development to ensure
the character is in keeping with the sur-
rounding area, Mr Dalley said.
The supermarket, which would be
similar in size to the new Rangiora
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