Bishop visits South Westland

Picture: Maria Russell

The Anglican Bishop of Christchurch, Victoria Matthews, joins Hokitika vicar Rev Viviene Harber and members of the congregation outside St Peter’s Church, in Jacobs River today after an early morning service to start a ‘pilgrimage’ of four South Westland pioneer churches in one day. The bishop was to make her way north taking in the Anglican churches at Franz Josef Glacier, Whataroa and Hari Hari to inaugurate what will become known as the ‘Pioneer Church Route’, a new venture to offer ministry to tourists who are increasingly visiting the country churches, such as the tiny Jacobs River church, which opened on December 13, 1931.