Century-old church in Waihi at auction with $1 reserve

Waihi's St James Presbyterian Church is for sale on TradeMe.
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Waihi's St James Presbyterian Church is for sale on TradeMe.

A century-old church is up for auction with a $1 reserve but there's a catch.

St James Presbyterian Church parish's preference is for the building, built in 1905, to be relocated, however they would consider use on site for a purpose "not incompatible with the Christian faith".

The rimu church is now surplus to the congregation's requirements.

The interior of Waihi's St James Presbyterian Church, which is up for sale on TradeMe.
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The interior of Waihi's St James Presbyterian Church, which is up for sale on TradeMe.

The listing closed at 11.14am on Thursday. It fetched $11,100.

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"We are prepared to gift the building to anyone who can use," the TradeMe listing states.

"Our strong preference is for relocation but we would consider use on site for a purpose not incompatible with Christian faith."

The church is constructed in a cathedral cross configuration, is 26.5m long and 15.5m wide, with a steeply pitched roof about 10 metres high.

It is able to be relocated but not in one piece.

A question on the listing asked if the church could be saved but the seller says the building needs new piles as well as maintenance and the congregation is "mostly old" and unable to do the work.

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Because the building is listed for its historic significance, the seller says they are attempting to have it de-listed to enable demolition.

"But Heritage NZ insist on every effort being made to find someone to relocate and restore it. If this is not possible we would be happy to have it demolished."

The church has a category two listing with Heritage NZ and Western Bay of Plenty District Council.

It is only eight per cent of current earthquake standards and will require strengthening and maintenance before it can be used by the public.

It hasn't been used for church services since 2012.

 - Stuff

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