About Selwyn’s Vision

Selwyn’s Vision is a project to complete and consecrate Holy Trinity Cathedral.


In 1842 Bishop George Selwyn purchased the land in Parnell, Auckland upon which today’s Holy Trinity Cathedral sits.  His vision: to build a great Cathedral that would become a centre for educational, social, charitable and missionary work turning the fledgling town of Auckland into a city.   More than 170 years later, Holy Trinity is the Cathedral for the Auckland Diocese and a leading worship, civic, community, music, cultural, drama and arts facility, welcoming more than 100,000 people each year.   Today Holy Trinity is at capacity in meeting the needs of its wide community.  Selwyn’s Vision is a $13 million project to complete the functional components of a working Cathedral for Auckland.   All of this will ensure that Holy Trinity Cathedral can continue to serve the people of Auckland and Aotearoa New Zealand for generations to come.


The project has three key components:

The Bishop Selwyn Chapel
new chapelExtending from the Cathedral’s ambulatories, and located behind the High Altar, The Bishop Selwyn Chapel will be a multi-purpose venue that will seat 120 people and accommodate a wide variety of community events.  It will also enable greater community access to the Cathedral’s auditorium.  Designed by leading Auckland Architects, Fearon Hay, this glass walled chapel will complete the journey of the construction of Holy Trinity Cathedral.   The Chapel project will include completion of the Trinity Memorial Garden, surrounding the columbaria, at the rear of the Cathedral and St Mary’s.

The Cathedral Organ
proposed organ and no bridgeThe Cathedral organ is failing severely. It will undergo a major repair and rebuild befitting its ongoing role in the life of Holy Trinity.   To make way for the new organ, the bridge, that currently divides the Cathedral building, will also be removed and the organ relocated so it can play to the whole Cathedral.  Designed by Nicholson & Co., Malvern, UK, the new Cathedral organ will be able to serve the needs of Auckland.  Construction will commence in May 2015 and final installation will conclude later in 2017.  Removal of the bridge will also increase seating capacity in the Cathedral to capacity to 1,300 people.  Click here to read more about the new Cathedral organ.

The Historic St Mary’s-in-Holy Trinity
St marys cropped and cleanedSt Mary’s-in Holy Trinity is one of the great Gothic revival timber buildings of the 19th century and a busy part of the Cathedral precinct.  Functionally, however, it is still isolated from the Cathedral.  The Project will provide a sheltered link between the Cathedral and St Mary’s; redevelop St Mary’s Court to improve pedestrian and vehicle access throughout the precinct; and restore the historically significant 105 year old George Croft organ located in the church.

The final part of Selwyn’s Vision will be the consecration of Holy Trinity Cathedral.  As yet incomplete, our Cathedral is not  consecrated and, once all work is finished, this celebration will mark a wonderful conclusion to the Project.  We expect that this will be late in 2017, the year that marks the 60th anniversary of the laying of the Cathedral’s foundation stone.

Jo Kelly-Moore
Dean of Auckland



For more information regarding the Selwyn’s Vision project of Holy Trinity Cathedral, please visit our website: www.holy-trinity.org.nz.


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