Church College of New Zealand, which was opened in 1958, had a short life by education standards. For 52 years it served the mostly Māori Mormon LDS community. But, in a swirl of confusion, it was finally closed in 2009 and demolished.
The school’s motto was ‘Build Now For Eternity’ which motivated many Māori Mormons to contribute money, material resources and years of labour for the building of the school. Today, despite promises to develop the land and reinvigorate the community of Temple View, few of the promised improvements which were offered to replace a much-beloved school have been realised.
Peter Witehira, former Chair of the Temple View Heritage Committee, and Rā Puriri join me to discuss the beginning and end of Church College of New Zealand.
Video promoting the LDS Church’s Temple View redevelopment and envisaging.