bishop selwyn chapel
In 2012, nearly 170 years after Bishop Selwyn purchased the Cathedral site, the $15 million Selwyn’s Vision project to complete and consecrate Holy Trinity Cathedral was launched. The project included plans for this 150-seat Chapel behind the high altar in the Chancel, against the rear wall which until that point had been temporary. Bishop Selwyn Chapel was the final piece to complete the Holy Trinity Cathedral.
The Bishop Selwyn Chapel, a multi-purpose venue able to accommodate a wide variety of services and events, was dedicated and opened on 21 August 2016.
This remarkable space has three walls of glass, a distinctive curved gilded ceiling, and offers views through the 100-year old Selwyn Oaks to the distant volcanic cone of Maungakiekie - One Tree Hill beyond.
The stone benches in he rear of the Chapel are engraved with Bishop Selwyn's dying words in both te reo Māori and an English translation—'Ka mārama ngā mea katoa' - 'It is all light'
The 8.4m-high cross, located in the Trinity Gardens, is situated on the midline of the Cathedral. The cross can be viewed through the glass walls of the Bishop Selwyn Chapel.
Tilted heavenward, this inspirational sculpture is the work of prominent New Zealand sculptor, Neil Dawson, and reflects the gold leaf in the Chapel ceiling. The Neil Dawson cross provides a focal point for the many services, weddings, funerals, concerts and events which take place in the Bishop Selwyn Chapel.
The Trinity Gardens and columbaria
Behind the Bishop Selwyn Chapel, the Holy Trinity Cathedral precinct offers the opportunity for the permanent memorial of loved ones. The Trinity Garden includes five columbaria for the interring of ashes. The Trinity Garden is also home to a grass labyrinth and quiet spaces for contemplation and remembrance.