North Shore Presbyterian church turns Buddhist

Last updated 13:28 12/11/2012
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SOLD: The Castor Bay Presbyterian Church and hall will become a place of Buddhist worship and meditation.A Buddhist organisation has bought the Castor Bay Presbyterian Church.

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The Castor Bay Presbyterian Church has been sold, but will remain as a place of religious worship.

The church and adjoining hall, on the North Shore, have been bought by the Auckland branch of a Buddhist religious education society.

The church, sold because of dwindling congregation numbers which meant it could no longer justify keeping its own property, is one of many churches for sale in the area. Other churches for sale include the St Michael and All Angels Church in Takapuna and Devonport's St Paul's Presbyterian Church.

George Wyman, of the Mairangi and Castor Bays Presbyterian Church, said congregation members would join the Mairangi Bay Presbyterian Church or move to the Anglican Church in Milford.

The church will hold its final religious worship sessions over Easter next year.

The land and two buildings that make up the church have a capital valuation of $1.125milllion.

Peter Christoffersen, of Bayleys Takapuna, said seven tenders were received for the property.

"When the final round of tenders was assessed, the best deal put forward at the end of the process was that of the Buddhists. This sits well with the church's philosophy of encouraging spiritual worship, peace, and harmony and ensures the legacy created over almost 100 years in Castor Bay is maintained."

Christofferson said the buildings have a combined floor space of 250 sqm with off-street car parking for eight vehicles, and sit on 1133 sq m of land with views over Milford Beach and the Waitemata Harbour.

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