EARLY YEARS 1900'S TO 1940'S
With the opening up of the Hauraki Plains in the early 1900's,
the community decided that they needed more permanent places of worship.
A Presbyterian church was built in Turua in 1917.
Hard work from the whole community to build the church quickly meant
that it was known as "the church that was built in a day''
The first Anglican Church in the area was built in Turua in 1923. Before this, the services were either held in private homes or in the Presbyterian church. Reverent Monteith, who later became a bishop was the first Anglican priest in the area.
Methodist churches were built in Ngatea and Waitakaruru in 1924, and a Methodist minister joined the community. The county headquarters were established in Ngatea. People realised that Ngatea was to become the centre of the Hauraki Plains. ln 1931, St Pauls (Anglican) was built in Ngatea.