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An Easter tradition - and a Maori meeting house

The Old World and the Resurrection meet at St Paul's Cathedral

Artist/priest Regan O’Callaghan has designed and painted the Cathedral's Paschal Candle for the past five years.  

The Resurrection inspired this year's design, which Regan explains: 'It features an image of The Almighty surrounded by endangered birds from my native New Zealand, as well as Hinemihi - a Maori meeting house originally from New Zealand which now lives at Clandon Park, Surrey, and is in dire need of regeneration.   

'Hinemihi was carved in part by my great great Uncle, Tene Waitere, and sheltered and protected Tene and Taima Te Ngahue, my great great grandmother during the Tarawera eruption of 1886.'  

Hinemihi was relocated to the U.K at Clandon Park by Lord Onslow in 1892.  

'She is considered a sacred place and a living presence by Maori,' Regan said.  'She has hosted weddings and baptisms, and is an integral part of the New Zealand community living in the U.K.'

Find out more about Hinemih

The Paschal Candle remains lit in St Paul's Cathedral until Pentecost on May 15. It was blessed and lit at the Easter Vigil.