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Background

The Catholic Parish of Te Awakairangi is a newly formed parish, composing the former parishes of St Michael’s, Taita, St Bernadette’s, Naenae, St Martin de Porres, Avalon and Sts Peter & Paul, Lower Hutt.  The parish is a diverse community, in ethnicity, age, spirituality and interests.

The Parish was given the name Te Awakairangi after the original Maori name for the Hutt River. Over time the name grew to be used as the name for the Hutt Valley. “Te Awa” means the river, and “kairangi” describes it as a precious river that meanders across the valley. As Parish we are intimately connected to the geographical area within which we are. Water is something that is precious and holy. It symbolises grace, cleansing and life. As Catholics we are connected by the waters of our baptism. As well as the name the Archbishop designated us to celebrate our feast day on Good Shepherd Sunday.