Cathedral Plaques

The Cathedral Plaques

Adorning the upper ambulatory walls are 48 wooden plaques carved by Mr Edwin Zambra of Napier between 1979 and 1981. They were dedicated by the Rev’d Ralph Matthews, Bishop of Waiapu, on 26 April 1981.

These plaques depict traditional symbols of the Christian faith, beginning above the lectern with representations of God as Father, Son and Holy Ghost. The symbols of saints continue in a series down both sides, ending with the symbol for the World Council of Churches in the north east corner.

The plaques were donated by individuals and parishes in the Diocese. Many plaques represent the patron saints of the parish churches in the Diocese. A detailed brochure on all the plaques is available in the Cathedral foyer allowing a self guided walk.