The Friends of St David's Trust is a not-for-profit entity working to make St David's Memorial Church building available to current and future generations of New Zealanders and we invite you to be part of this once in a century opportunity.  

St David's is an important part of our heritage and a valuable part of our future.  

With your support, St David’s will become a generator of community wellbeing and inspiration for all, with emphasis on the performing arts and youth thanks to its central city position and architecture.

It can also continue as a community church and as a World War One Memorial for peace.  

$1,000,000 raised - st david's future is looking bright

Video thanks to Jeff Smith, Director, Deep Animation

On 24 July 2016 the Hon Maggie Barry, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, together with Mike Lee, Chair of the Heritage Advisory Panel, members of the New Zealand Defence Force, and 100s of supporters, celebrated a great milestone.  $1,000,000 raised for the preservation of St David’s.


St David’s will become a destination and community wellbeing generator for the diverse communities of Auckland and its visitors.  It offers:

  • Central Auckland location

  • Heritage building with spirit

  • Proximity to motorways, public transport and airport

  • Large-volume, light-filled interior with soaring lead-light windows

  • Gently raked floor that provides auditorium-style seating for 100 – 500+

  • Good acoustics

  • Multiple additional rooms including the lower chapel

St David's is uniquely positioned to serve the performing arts, youth, conferences and other civic scale and more intimate, community-based functions.


St David’s role as a landmark church and sacred site can continue including for weekly church services, special services of remembrance, funerals, marriages and baptisms.

 Like its neighbouring CBD churches including St Matthew in the City, St Patrick’s Cathedral and Holy Trinity, St David’s will resume and expand its valuable community roles. 


A welcoming, beautiful community place for uplifting experiences and or simply for time out.   Regardless of faith, St David’s will be a sanctuary and place for community connection.  With 25,000 additional dwellings nearby, and another million inhabitants city-wide, the respite of St David’s will be highly prized.


St David’s foundation stone was laid on ANZAC Day in 1927, predating the Auckland War Memorial Museum.  It was known as St David's Memorial Church and is The Soldiers’ Memorial.  St David’s commemorates all who made the supreme sacrifice in WWI, WWII and subsequent wars.

St David’s has a long connection to the New Zealand Army Ngati Tumatauenga.  In 1927, the Royal New Zealand Engineers marched from down Khyber Pass and into St David’s.  The Sappers’ Memorial Chapel forms part of the fabric of St David’s.   Every year the Last Post will continue to sounds and the wreath of remembrance is laid. 

This Memorial Church also specifically commemorates the New Zealand Nurses who served in WWI, and the 29th and 30th New Zealand Infantry Battalions.  

St David's is a war memorial of national significance.  It is a place of remembrance and of peace. 

Lest we forget.

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