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St Matthews Anglican Church, Taita

Physical Location
and Street Address

Cnr Reynolds & Taine Street
Lower Hutt
Contact Phone Number(s)
Parish Office:
  04 567 7665
  04 577 2744
  027 677 7139
Community Priest Rev Charles Noanoa 

Service Times

Sunday Worship at Holy Trinity Church, 4 Gordon Street, Avalon.

 8.45 am
 9 am  Children's Church
 10.15 am  Contemporary Service with Eucharist

Regular Activities Saint Matthews is involved in:

Food Co-op
Tuesday 8:30 to 10:30 Saint Matthews Church.  Monthly only - phone 577 2744 for details

Food Bank
Wednesday 10:30 – 12:30 Taita Community Hall – Taine Street Taita
A simple breakfast with coffee / tea 9:00 to 10:00 at Saint Matthews church hall. This breakfast is primarily for Taita residents accessing the Food Bank only. A small koha and support is asked to ensure this kai time initiative is sustainable. 

Harakeke – Flax Weaving
Wednesday 10:45am to 2:00pm Saint Matthews Church Hall.  Kaiako (Tutor) Ruve Te Hira

Prayer Support Group
Every third Friday 9:00am.  Holy Trinity Church, 4 Gordon Street, Avalon.
Prayers for the Prison Mission and Ministry at Rimutaka Prison, for the Faith Based Unit and for the men released from prison. 

Prison Fellowship Kai time
Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 8:00pm Saint Matthews Church Hall.
A monthly mid-week get together of mentors, supporters and post-released men from prison for fish n chips/kai and fellowship sponsored by Prison Fellowship NZ.  

At Saint Matthews, we proactively work with families wanting veggie gardens. It is our aim to have the 7 families in the Food Co-op with a supply of fresh vegetables for their tables in 2011.

Saint Matthews is involved in the successful annual Tumeke Taita Street Festival

We enjoy active partnering with: Taita Community Trust; Taita Community Patrol; Prison Fellowship NZ; Kaiwahakamana Kaumatua Services to Maori men and women in prison; The Learning Connection; Great Start; Disability Service providers / Q-nique Services and Disabled Resource Centre; Pomare Community House; St Vincent de Paul; the Tumeke Taita Diocesan Touch team.

And the people of TAITA and POMARE

ma tini, ma mano - ka rapa te whai 
by many, by thousands - the object is attained 

The Taita-Pomare Project  

'For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, you sat and ate with me, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me into the home of your whanau, I needed clothes and you clothed me with what I needed, I had no place to sleep and you gave me a mattress and bed in places that opened their doors, I was sick and you cared for me, I was in prison and you entered into the centre of my heart.'

acts29 / Matthew 25:35-40

The Taita Pomare Project

Tucked away in Taita, Lower Hutt, is St Matthews, a small suburban Anglican church which is home to an innovative community project.

Led by the Rev Charles (Huri Huri) Noanoa this multi stranded project includes the provision of a Food Co-operative; Youth Justice work; the re-integration of prisoners into the community from the Rimutaka Prison Faith Based Unit (FBU); work with Disabled Services; as well as overseeing the talented Tumeke Taita Touch Team.

On Wednesday morning, a busy Food Bank operates out of the Taita Community Hall. A hot breakfast is also offered providing a time for fellowship over kai at Saint Matthews Anglican church Reynolds St/Taine St, Taita.

Team work is important when you have over 145 people using the vegetables and fruit supplied by Hutt Valley ‘Pak n Sav’. St Vincent de Paul helps with delivering the food, and Saint Matthews does the distribution.

Once a month, on Tuesday, a Food Co-op for Taita residents accessing the Food Bank operates out of the Church Hall. Phone 577 2744 for details

Because building sustainability and community capability are a key part of the project most food co-op users will have a veggie garden planted on their property by a team from Saint Matthews. The vegetables help supplement grocery items from the Food Co-op.

Working with men in the FBU of Rimutaka Prison, Charles also works with the Probation Services, Prison Fellowship NZ, Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Avalon and some local churches to prepare the men for full immersion back into society, and a life serving Christ in the Taita Pomare community. Now entering its third year, this re-integration work takes a holistic approach. To date, none of the men who Charles and the Taita/Pomare/Avalon communities are working with, have returned to prison.

A harakeke workshop (flax weaving) is run by Ruve Te Hira. Ruve works with disabled people in the Church hall on Wednesday between 10:45am to 2:00pm. Every second week, Charles teaches three people basic cooking/baking. This is shared over lunch with others. It is hoped that music will soon be a component to this program.

The ‘face of the future’ is the Tumeke Taita Touch Team. This team comprising mainly Taita College boys, along with players from; Naenae, Hutt Valley High, and Hutt International Boys schools, has played together for two seasons. Decked in vivid blue Diocesan- sponsored uniforms the boys have won the local Open Men’s grade and will represent the Hutt Valley in the College Nationals in Hamilton and are busy fundraising to get to the NZ Touch Nationals in December. Charles oversees the team which is coached and managed by two young men from the Taita community.

Charles’s work is supported by the neighbouring parishes of Avalon, Stokes Valley and Naenae who form a management team coordinated by Avalon Vicar Derek Keatley. The team provides supervision and governance to the project. Tom Brown, Bishop of Wellington is its patron.

The Taita Pomare Project is dependent on grants and donations. It receives no government funding. If you’re wanting to donate to this innovative and worthwhile project please send a cheque to the: Anglican Diocese of Wellington, PO Box 12 046, Wellington 6144. Please mark the back of your cheque Taita-Pomare Project.

For more information please email us.

No reira waiho ko te aroha o Te Matua Kaha Rawa hei korowai mou.
May the love of Almighty God enfold you!