Peace, prayer, and reflection in South Auckland is a selection of portraits of people and buildings that have a connection with spiritual life and worship in South Auckland.

The images have been chosen from our Footprints database, a collection of digitised historical photographs covering the South Auckland area. The photographs were selected to reflect the multicultural make-up of our local communities in the South.

The settings include Umupuia, Kauri Bay, East Tāmaki, Māngere Bridge, Otaua, Waipipi, Āwhitu, Māngere, Ōtara, Wiri, Ōtāhuhu, Manurewa, Pakuranga Waiuku and Papatoetoe, and Panmure. These pictures provide a documentary record of people taking part in choir singing, observing religious rituals, building new churches, restoring and converting old buildings into new churches, attending religious based schools, and honouring those who have passed. The photographs were taken from 1910 through to 2010 and include a number of buildings over 100 years old and one building constructed over 150 years ago.

There has always been a strong need for people to have time to reflect, to be part of a community, to have a place to worship. These houses of prayer provide a place and a time for rejuvenation, for quiet, for peacefulness and rest.

Search the Footprtints Heritage database, for more images of South Auckland and the Counties-Manukau area.

He maungārongo ki te whenua
He whakaaro pai ki ngā tāngata katoa
Hangā e te Atua he ngākau hou
Ki roto, ki tēnā, ki tēnā o mātou
Whakatōngia tō wairua tapu
Hei āwhina, hei tohutohu i a mātou
Hei ako hoki i ngā mahi mō tēnei rā

Honour and glory to God
Peace on Earth
Goodwill to all people
Lord, develop a new heart
Inside all of us
Instil in us your sacred spirit
Help us, guide us
In all the things we need to learn today

The Exhibition

April 2 – May 1 2015

Level 1
Manukau Library
3 Osterley Way
Auckland 2104

Monday to Wednesday: 9am – 5pm
Thursday: 9am – 8.30pm
Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday: 9.30am – 4pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm