I wrote and illustrated Country Churches of New Zealand. It was published in 2002 by New Holland, Publishers and is still on sale in bookshops. The publishers have kindly agreed to me re-publishing some of the book’s images and descriptions in this blog.
ST. JAMES'S, NGATIMOTI
On a hill above the oddly named Orinoco River, the neat, white church of St. James with its tomato-red roof and splendid rose garden looks like somebody's hobby; not only a credit to the parish but to the obvious dedication of voluntary parishioners.
I was met at the gate and conducted around the grounds by a silent but friendly golden Labrador.
The church was built by James Robinson of Motueka to plans drawn up by Walter Good of Nelson, and was consecrated on 28 October 1884 by Bishop Suter, who had himself pegged out the site given by Walter Guy in 1881.
© DON DONOVAN