Canterbury Provincial Ordinances
6. The Church Property Trust Amendment Ordinance 1859.
Whereas by an Ordinance of the Superintendent and Provincial Council of the Province of Canterbury, entituled the “Church Property Trust Ordinance, Session II., No. 3," it was enacted that certain persons therein respectively named, and all such other persons
as should be thereafter elected or appointed Trustees and their Successors, should be and they were thereby constituted a Body Politic and Corporate by the name of the " Church Property Trustees," and by that name they should have perpetual succession and a common seal, and be for ever capable in Law to purchase, receive, possess and enjoy to them and their Successors any goods and chattels whatsoever and wheresoever, and any messuages, lands, tenements and hereditaments in the Province of Canterbury; and also to lease,
let, sell, alienate, mortgage, charge, or otherwise dispose of such property, as well real as personal, as they should think proper; and also to act in the concerns of the said Body Politic and Corporate as effectually as any person or persons might or could do in his or their respective concerns, for the purpose and object
of establishing and maintaining ecclesiastical and educational institutions within the Province of Canterbury, in connection with the Church in communion with the Church of England and Ireland as by Law established: And Whereas the said Trustees are seised to them and their Successors of (amongst other hereditaments) certain messuages, lands, tenements and hereditaments in the said Province of Canterbury, being special reserves vested in them for ecclesiastical and educational institutions within the said Province, in connection with the said church: And Whereas the said Trustees are desirous of obtaining express powers, enabling them to sell or otherwise dispose of the parcels of land specified in the Schedule A to this Ordinance, and also to lease the parcel of land specified in the Schedule 13 to this Ordinance; such parcels of land respectively being part of the special reserves so held by them as aforesaid; and it is expedient that such powers should be vested in them, and that the said
Ordinance should be amended accordingly:
Be it therefore enacted by the Superintendent of the said Province, with the
advice and consent of the Provincial Council thereof
1. Church Property trustees may dispose of certain lands specified in
It shall be lawful for the said Church Property Trustees, at any time or
times after the passing of this Ordinance, absolutely to
sell and dispose of the
lands, tenements, and hereditaments specified in the Schedule A to this
Ordinance, or any part thereof, either
by public auction or private contract,
and in such manner as the said Trustees shall think fit, and to convey the fee
inheritance of the same premises when sold to the Purchaser or
2. Appropriation of moneys arising from such sales.
The said Trustees shall, out of the money arising from such sale, lay out and invest such a sum of money as shall represent the original purchase money of the land so sold as aforesaid in the absolute purchase of other freehold lands or hereditaments in the Province of Canterbury, to be held by the said Trustees for the purpose and object of establishing and maintaining ecclesiastical and educational institutions within the said Province in connection with the Church in communion with the Church of England and Ireland as by Law established; and the residue of the money to arise by such sale shall be laid out in the erection of parsonage houses in that portion of the said Province comprised within the boundaries of the original Canterbury Settlement, for the use of officiating Clergymen of the said Church.
3. Trustees may lease certain lands described in Schedule B. Conditions of lease, &c.
The said Trustees may, from time to time, lease all or any portion of the parcel of land specified in the Schedule B to this Ordinance, to any person or persons, for any term not exceeding twenty-one years in possession and not in reversion, at such rent and subject to such covenants and provisos as the said Trustees may deem reasonable, and shall apply the rents of the premises so leased for the purpose and object of establishing and maintaining ecclesiastical and
educational institutions in connection with the said Church.
4. The Receipt of Trustees to be an effectual discharge.
The Receipt of the said Trustees or their Successors for any moneys paid to them upon any sale under the provisions of this Ordinance, or under the provisions of the "Church Property Trust Ordinance, Session II., No. 3," or for any other money which may be paid to them or their Successors by virtue of this or the said recited Ordinance, shall effectually discharge the person or persons paying the same therefrom, and from being bound to see to the application
thereof or being answerable for the non-application or misapplication
5. Interpretation of words “Proper Ecclesiastical Synod. &c.”
And whereas it was provided by the said Ordinance (Section 6) that any By-law, Rule, Order, Regulation or Resolution of the said Church Property Trustees, which should be repugnant to the provisions of the said Ordinance, or to the Laws or Ordinances of the Colony of New Zealand, or of the Province of Canterbury, or to any Canon or Ecclesiastical Law or Regulation then in force, or which might at any time be in force within the Canterbury Settlement, under the authority of any proper Ecclesiastical Synod or other Competent jurisdiction of
the Church, should be, and the same was thereby declared to be absolutely null and void; and it was further provided that the said Trustees and every Managing Committee thereof should, in all their Acts and Proceedings, By-laws, Regulations and Resolutions, conform to and obey all Canons and Ecclesiastical Laws or Regulations then or at any time in force within the said Settlement, touching or relating to the administration of the property vested in them for the puposes aforesaid: And Whereas it is desirable that the proper Ecclesiastical Synod or other competent jurisdiction of the Church so referred to should be
ascertained and defined: And Whereas, by a Deed of Constitution, agreed to at a General Conference of Bishops, Clergy, and Laity of the Branch of the United Church of England and Ireland in New Zealand, held at Auckland, on the Thirteenth day of June, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-seven, a Representative Governing Body was constituted, to be called the General Synod of such branch of the said Church: And Whereas by a Statute passed by the said General Synod, in its first Session, and entituled " A Statute for Organizing the Diocesan Synods," provision was made for the organization of Diocesan Synods: Be it further enacted that in the interpretation of the said Ordinance the words "proper Ecclesiastical Synod, or other competent jurisdiction of the Church," shall be taken and deemed to mean the Synod of the Diocese of Christchurch,
organized according t the provisions of the said Statute, or of any other
Statute to be made by the General Synod in that behalf.
And be it enacted that this Ordinance shall be entituled and may be cited as
the " Church Property Trust Amendment Ordinance, Session
All that parcel or quarter-acre section of land, situate in and fronting upon
Tuam Street, in the city of Christchurch, being part
of the Reserve No. 6 and
No. 1037 on the Map of the Chief Surveyor setting out and describing the said
city of Christchurch.
Also, all that parcel of land containing one acre one rood, or thereabouts,
situate in and fronting upon Canterbury Street and Ripon
Street, in the town of
Lyttelton, being Reserve No. 27 on the Map of the said Chief Surveyor, setting
out and describing the said
town of Lyttelton.
And also that parcel of land situate near the Heathcote Ferry, containing one
acre three roods twenty-six perches, or thereabouts,
being Reserve No. 50 on the
Map of the said Chief Surveyor, setting out and describing the rural land in the
All that parcel of land containing two roods fifteen perches, or thereabouts,
situate in and fronting upon Oxford Terrace West, Lichfield
Street and Durham
Street, in the said city of Christchurch, being Reserve No. 8 on the aforesaid
Map of the said Chief Surveyor.
This Ordinance was passed by the Canterbury Provincial Council on the 3rd
November 1859, and assented to by the Superintendent on 4th November.