St Columba's - Havelock North 

New Zealand    

A Brief History



First Church and Manse 1894

The first services in Havelock North were held, as early as 1866, at the Te Mata homestead hosted by John and Margaret Chambers and conducted by Rev John McMichael - Minister to the Meeanee-Puketapu Parish.

In 1871 Hawke’s Bay Presbytery confirmed the Havelock North Parish as an entity and Rev Alexander Shepherd as the first resident minister.  That same year the first church was built in Middle Road where the ANZ Bank stands today.  The first manse was built alongside.  

The present site on Columba Way was gifted and the second church building constructed in 1894.  A new manse and hall followed in 1900-1901.  

In 1971, at the time of the centenary, construction of the current building was completed to replace the second church.  

To date St Columba’s has been served by 21 ministers, associate ministers and assistants.  

Over the years, beyond regular religious observances, the congregation has enjoyed social interaction through picnics, garden parties, camps, shared meals and for many years an annual fair, which not only raises funds but brings people together from within the congregation and beyond for planning and preparation. 

From early days the young were encouraged through Sunday School, Bible Class and Boys’ Brigade, which, for some, led to training for the Presbyterian Ministry. 

For current activities refer to News and Events. 

Second Church 1960


Sunday School - 1945

Kirk Session - 1920s

Bible Class - 1912

The old and the new - 1971



St Columba's Church   Columba Way
Havelock North 4130

Church Office:

(06) 877-8096

Minister's Office:

(06) 877-0244

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