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The Parish Office is open from: Tues 12.30pm to 4.30pm, Wednesdays & Thursdays 9.30am-2.30pm. Please do get in touch with us…


Rev Pete Watson
06 370 8589

Physical Location

35-37 Church Street, Masterton

Mailing Address

St Matthew's Parish, PO Box 588, Masterton 5840

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About Us

The Anglican Parish of St Matthew's, Masterton

In 2021 the Parish undertook a journey called the ‘Mission Action Plan’ process, where we met in small groups and collectively listened to God for the future of the Parish. The Way Ahead document, was the fruit of this work as to where we sense God is leading us in the coming years. The document can be read by clicking this link: The Way Ahead

The Anglican Parish of St Matthew's, Masterton incorporates four worship centres:  St Alban's, Taueru, St Andrew's, Upper Plain, St Francis', Bideford St Matthew's, Masterton.

We celebrate Unity in Our Diversity with several styles of worship services.

We enjoy a culture of Discipleship that encourages all members and participants to be committed to various groups and programmes.  To realise our mission statement we believe in discovering, “Who am I becoming?” and not just, “What am I doing?”

We are unashamed of the Gospel of Christ who has called us to be His disciples, and so believe all are welcomed to come as they are. It can make for a messy church, but Jesus knows our needs and through the Holy Spirit and our willing obedience, will change all of us from being the last, the least and the lost.

Our aim is to be a safe and caring environment for those seeking to explore their faith in God Almighty, and His Son Jesus, through the work of the Holy Spirit.

The Team

Vicar: Archdeacon Pete Watson

Assistant Priests: Rev Lorna Gray, Rev Merv Jones, Rev Wendy Thornburrow, Rev Dave Lacey and Rev Steve Thomson (also Priest in Charge of Tinui Parish)

Parish and Facilities manager: Maria Viljoen

Children’s and Community worker: Cara Brown

Vestry: Brian Adams (Vicars warden) , Pam Bruere (Peoples warden), Sharynne Fordyce, Rosemarie Penno, Geoff Reid & Philip Spilhaus.

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Our Parish prioritizes the last, the least and the lost and so there is a lot that happens on site and in the community to serve the vulnerable of Masterton as we strive to make Jesus’ hope real with loving service…

Masterton Foodbank

The church gives to the foodbank in Masterton via giving of items on Sundays or dropping them into the office to be delivered.

Masterton Day Shelter

Our smaller hall is used 3 days a week for people to drop in for a meal, a shower and wash clothes who may be living rough. It is also used as emergency accommodation for such situations.

Wairarapa Care Network

Our main hall is hired by a wonderful group of people who cook meals and provide connection for the elderly via entertainment and a successful day program.

Masterton Healing rooms

A wider church outreach, open every Wednesday from 1-3pm, the address and info can be found here:

Women of Faith

A monthly social and faith group for ladies of all ages and denominations.

Community Garden

We have a large veggie patch that is tendered by church and community alike along with the residents of Abbey field our wonderful neighbours.

New Zealand Church Missionary Society, (NZCMS)

We support a family serving in P.N.G, the Wheelers, for more info see here:

Local Chaplaincy

Some of our clergy serve the town in wonderful ways - Rev. Steve is the local police chaplain and well as working with the rural support trust (

Wairarapa Wide

As an Archdeacon Rev Pete supports and overseas all the Anglicans churches and schools and as such, we believe as a parish a rising tide lifts all boats. We are passionate to see our local parish thrive and to be a part of the Trinity Schools of Hadlow prep, St Matthews Girls and Rathkeale boys (   ‘We are a part of Enabling an Anglican faith-based environment that empowers everyone…’

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Community Hall & Worship
Centre Booking

Thank you for your interest in booking a worship centre, or community hall, in the Parish of St Matthew's, Masterton!

Please fill in the form below and we will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.  Alternatively, please contact the, during office hours.  We would be happy to send you a booking form or arrange a viewing.

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Safety and Wellbeing

We take the health & safety and wellbeing of all people incredibly seriously, especially our children and youth. All our volunteers are regularly police checked.

There are a number of posters displayed around the church grounds providing information for how to contact either the Diocese if you are a young person and experience, or suspect abuse to be taking place. On top of this, you can also use the form below as an easy way to report a concern which goes discretely to the church office and our health and safety team.

If there is immediate danger ring the Police on 111 (or 105 for non-emergency complaints about criminal behaviour).

Safe to Talk sexual harm healthline: 0800 044 334
Women’s Refuge: 0800 733 843
Family Violence It’s Not Okay: 0800 456 450
Family Action: 0800 326 327
Regarding domestic abuse: Elder Abuse Not OK: 0800 32 668 65
or Age Concern: 0800 652 105
Victim Information line: 0800 650 654

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Anglican Movement - Diocese of Wellington

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