Our Story

Our story

The work of the gospel in Tauranga Moana began in 1835, following a time of warfare and instability.  The establishment of a mission station began in earnest with the arrival of Alfred Brown of the Christian Missionary Society three years later, at Te Papa, and was a centre for outreach and education.  A growing relationship of trust and collaboration took place.  Well intentioned land purchases, Treaty of Waitangi breaches and the land wars led to tragic fracturing of a once mutual relationship.  The region is still outworking the healing of these wounds.

The Parish of Tauranga, Holy Trinity, began in 1873 and the first church was built in 1875, the region’s first church.  It was started to meet the needs of the growing number of settlers arriving in the town.   Since then a number of churches were planted by HTT in Mount Maunganui, Gate Pa, Maungatapu, Otumoetai and Te Puke.  From the start the church has had an apostolic, missional DNA and has been an epicentre of the Anglican church in the region.

The church was greatly impacted, not only by Anglican spirituality, but by the charismatic movement.  Many experienced intimately the Holy Spirit filling them and changing their lives. This impacted on the worship and relational approach to church.  A strong sense of community developed, as did a more contemporary form of worship – today there is a blend of worship and spaces in which to find a home and belong.

We are aware that as the first church in the region we carry responsibility to build unity and reconciliation.   We have a responsibility to care for our city and serve it faithfully.

Our Dream

To be a community of faithfulness

  • A place of welcome and hospitality, a place of food, fun and laughter.
  • A place to belong: life groups, villages, social offerings, friendship.
  • A place of formation, pastoral care, mentoring, shared pilgrimage.

 To be faithful disciples of Jesus

  • A people who know Jesus and respond to his calling and leadership.
  • A people who share life together, who learn together, who pray together.
  • A people who make life decisions for the extension of the kingdom of God.

 To faithfully serve God’s mission to a needy world

  • A community committed to serving and bringing light and life to the city centre.
  • A community that creates and innovates new ways, new communities, for people to belong and find faith and acceptance.
  • A community that responds to need and crisis, in prayer and acrtion.

We believe

We are a church in the centre of Tauranga.  A community of belief in the midst of a restless city, a village in a world that creates outsiders, a green space in an urban landscape.  We aspire to love generously, serve passionately and worship God wholeheartedly.  We hope to bring the loving hospitality of God into the fabric of life in the bay.

Holy Trinity Anglican Church
215 Devonport Road Tauranga
P.O. Box 327 Tauranga 3140

Office Hours
9.30 AM-12.30 AM Monday to Friday
Phone: 07 578 7718

General Email: office@holytrinitytauranga.com

For Facility use or Venue hire
Website: www.httvenues.nz
Email: httvenues@holytrinitytauranga.com

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