This highly significant church built in 1869 and associated with the early settler Acland family was badly damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes. It was considered a total loss.
The Heritage NZ and Timaru District Council listed church is in an isolated location creating major problems for its strengthening and partial reconstruction. These included a lack of services, difficulty for transport of building supplies, and the need to work over winter. The commitment of the whole team is evident in the innovation and excellence of the design and its implementation so that the heritage values of the church have been maintained. It is now more able to survive similar earthquakes so that future generations can experience and enjoy its magnificent qualities.