Historic Auckland church faces 'imminent' risk of demolition




Today may mark the last service for an Auckland church at "imminent" risk of demolition.

St David's Presbyterian Church

St David's Presbyterian Church on Khyber Pass has been part of the community for 87 years, but in recent decades its congregation has dwindled.

The first foundation stone was laid on ANZAC Day in 1927, with the church dedicated as a memorial to the soldiers of World War I and WWII.

Locals trying to stop the demolition have set up a group, Friends of St David's, saying the church is of national significance.

"It was the first church to marry divorced people, had the largest Presbyterian congregation in the Southern Hemisphere, and is still the home of Alcoholics Anonymous and Presbyterian Support," the group said in a statement.

"It's a beautiful building of national significance that is an important part of our past and a very valuable part of our future," says Friends of St David's Paul Baragwanath.

Current plans for the site include a primary school, which Friends of St David say could be built on the site incorporating the church.

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