Newsletter November 2023

Over Labour Weekend this year the Brown Family celebrated the arrival of their ancestors in Tuakau and surrounding areas. The family and their descendants have made considerable contributions to our church and community over the 150 years since they settled in this area, and by now I am sure the contributions they made to their local communities have spread throughout our country and no doubt other parts of the world. They continue to do this today. The same is true for many families and we give thanks for all who contribute to the wellbeing of others.
It was lovely to see our buildings being so well used and also great to have a number of people present with us in worship on the Sunday morning.
We live in a world where there is so much war and fighting in a number of countries and also so much domestic violence in our own country. Please pray for peace in our world and love and acceptance of other people, and to take our part in spreading this attitude throughout our country and our world.
We need to be praying for good leadership within our new government, and for the willingness to create inclusive policies that will show concern for the neediest people. You will find a prayer and some readings in this Messenger to help you in your time of personal prayer.
At the beginning of November we have two special days in the church calendar, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
Let us all during the first days of November think of the people who have led us on our life’s journey, those who have encouraged and supported us in our challenging and difficult times and celebrated with us in our times of joy. It is good to spend some time saying thank you to people who help us to feel that we have a purpose in our lives.
All Souls’ Day is a time to remember and give thanks for those who have been part of our lives and are no longer with us. Our services for All Souls’ Day will be celebrated a day early, on Wednesday November 1, and our All Saints’ Day will be celebrated on the following Sunday, on November 5. Then on the last Sunday of November we will celebrate our patronal festival on St Andrew’s Day.
With the increase in the number of people seeking help with food and other items, we are beginning to experience financial problems like many people today. We are needing to pause and reflect on how we can maintain our outreach into the community with the cost of living becoming more and more out of reach for so many people in our community.
A huge thank you to Vicky Mee who supports so many people in the community and people referred by us in setting their realistic financial goals.
Blessings to all Jan

Make me a channel of your peace
Where there is hatred let me bring your love
Where there is injury, your pardon Lord
And where there is doubt true faith in You

Make me a channel of your peace
Where there is despair in life let me bring hope
Where there is darkness only light
And where there’s sadness ever joy

Oh, Master grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console
To be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love with all my soul

Make me a channel of your peace
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned
It is in giving to all men that we receive
And in dying that we are born to eternal life

Oh, Master grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console
To be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love with all my soul

Make me a channel of your peace
Where there’s despair in life let me bring hope
Where there is darkness only light
And where there’s sadness ever joy.

Lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth; lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust; lead me from hate to love, from war to peace. Let peace fill our hearts, our world, our universe.

Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. (Isaiah 2:4; cf Micah 4:3 John 16:33; 2 Thessalonians 3:16; Isaiah 26:3; Matthew 5:9; John 14:27; Romans 12:18; Colossians 3:15; 2 Corinthians 13:11)

November 5, First Reading: Revelation 7:9-17, Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12
All Saints Day Celebration
November 12: Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 Matthew 25:1-13
November 19: Judges 4:1-7 Matthew 24:14-30
November 26: Deuteronomy 30:11-14 Matthew 4:18-22
St Andrew’s Day Celebration

Singers welcome to help
Wednesday Nov 1, All Souls’ Services, 12 noon and 7pm: St Andrew’s
Thursday Nov 2, 10.30am: Franklin Village
Tuesday Nov 14, 11am: Palms Hospital
Thursday Nov 16, 10am: St Andrew’s
Tuesday Nov 28, 11am: Possum Bourne Village

Every Sunday
8am and 9.30am at St Andrew’s Pukekohe
2nd and 4th Sunday of the month
11.15am St Paul’s Buckland
1st Sunday of the month
11.15am Nora Brown Hall behind St Andrew’s Church.
Weekdays 10am at St Andrew’s
3rd Thursday of the month

Wednesday November 1 (note change of date) ~ All Souls’ Day Services
12 noon and 7pm

We are all very aware of the cost of living and know that this is affecting everyone. However, many are genuinely concerned about how they will be able to feed their family for dinner or what can they give their child for lunch. Currently, and I hope we will be able to continue, we provide food parcels that contain food for healthy meals including mince, sausages and vegetables. By far the majority of families seeking help have young children and many are referred by the likes of Plunket and maternal mental health services so we do like to ensure they can have at least a couple of healthy meals. Any contibutions that anyone is able to assist us with is much appreciated.
Contents of food parcels include:
Tinned: tomatoes, corn, tuna, spaghetti, baked beans, fruit, pasta sauce.
Dry food: rice, pasta.
Toiletries and cleaning: soap, toilet paper, tooth paste and brushes, laundry powder, detergent.
Other: crackers, biscuits, sugar, sausages, mince, frozen mixed vegetables, dried milk powder, bread, margarine.
Donated fresh vegetables, baking ingredients if they bake, soup mix if they make soup.
People are all asked which of the above they need and financial situations are discussed.
Some donations being delivered to us.

(New Zealand Birds of Prey)

By Keith Gardner
When driving around New Zealand, it is common to see a bird on the road eating a roadkill. Most people can identify it as a hawk but is it?
Raptors are eagles, falcons, hawks and vultures. They hunt their prey in the daytime. Our two native raptors are karearea (the NZ falcon) and kahu, which we call the hawk although its proper name is the Australasian harrier.
Birds of prey have strong, curved beaks. They use these for ripping and tearing at meat. They also have extraordinarily strong feet with razorsharp claws to grab their prey. Raptors have big forward-facing eyes that see very well and give a 3D picture. Falcons can spot rabbits from 2km away.
The karearea has a wingspan of 63cm to 98cm. They live in native forests, pine forests and on mountains throughout New Zealand but it is rare to see one north of the central North Island.
With only a few thousand left, they are rare and are classed as a threatened species. They will capture and eat sparrows, rabbits, mice, hens and ducks. They nest high up on rocky ledges.
The female is twice as big as the male. She is the one to feed her chicks.
Karearea are much smaller than kahu but are fierce and fearless. They will defend their young to the death. As many karearea have taken to living in pine forests, foresters have a system of marking their nests so they are not disturbed. In Marlborough young karearea raised in aviaries are released in vineyards. They see these as their territory and keep away other birds that might feed on the grapes.
The karearea features on the reverse side of the NZ $20 note and won the bird of the year title in 2012. The proverb Me te kopae karearea or “like the nest of karearea” means “rarely seen.”
The kahu (Australasian harrier) has a wingspan of 118cm to 155cm and can be seen doing large loops over grasslands and wetlands looking for rabbits, mice and small birds. They usually nest in wetlands or fields of long grass and cereal crops. They will often eat roadkill — possums are a favourite.
Even though birds of prey are protected by law they are threatened by pests, people and power lines. Rats and stoats will climb into nests and eat their eggs, and ferals cats will eat the chicks. People shoot birds of prey because they eat their hens and racing pigeons.
Falcons sometimes perch on power poles when looking for prey. If a bird touches two wires, or a wire and the top of the pole, the electric current will pass through its body and kill it. Many karearea die this way.
Kahu are still common. They are used for falconry and Wingspan in Rotorua lets people have a turn.
Thanks KKC and Wikipedia

Cones of machine knitting wool. If you or someone you know is interested, please let Judith in the office know.

For those wishing to make contributions to the parish, the account numbers are:
Parish general expenses including automatic payments: 06-0405-0012157-00
Restoration of the church: 06-0405-0078359-01
Pukekohe Community Action (for outreach into our community): 12-3023-0071016-00
Please put your name in the reference field and email Jan at so we can send you a tax receipt. Many thanks in advance for your generosity.


A copy of the Parish Health and Safety Policy, along with the processes required for the implementation of the policy, is available on our website or from the parish office. An evacuation plans are in each area of the church and complex.
Assembly areas are the car park beside the Reid Anderson Hall, by the road in front of the church or on the vicarage lawn depending on the location of the emergency.
St Paul’s Church: Assembly area is by the road at the front of the church.
First aid kits and accident reporting sheets are located:
1. Reid Anderson — In the cupboard over the small hand basin, by the back door in the kitchen.
2. Nora Brown — on the shelf above the microwave. Record sheets are next to the microwave.
3. Parish office — 2nd to top shelf on left side in the back room. The office is locked when unattended. Forms are to be completed as soon as the accident has been dealt with and the form put through the slot by the office door and the vicar or wardens are to be notified. Treatment including resources that are used are to be recorded on the accident sheet.



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238 7228 Office 0274 521 366 Mob
Rev’d Jan Wallace
Vestry secretary Karen Stevens
Wardens Pauline Brown 021 182 3703
Richard Anderson 021 081 68724
Synod Reps Vicky Mee Helen Halliwell
Vestry members Renton Brown, Richard Gibbons, Helen Halliwell,
Julie Perelini, Glenis Kerr, Vicky Mee
Buckland Reps Jim Moore
Parish Ministry Team
Vestry Wardens
Pauline Brown and Richard Anderson
Family Gael Crimmins
Communications Cecily Daroux & Judith Tucker
Community needs response Jan Wallace & Vicky Mee
Sustainability Pauline Brown, Vicky Mee, Keith Gardner
Pastoral Care Rev Jan Wallace, Rev Merlene Walker
Central Vestry Trust Board Treasurer
Ros Phillips
Parish Recorder Keith Gardner (Parish Envelope Scheme)
Parish Administrator Judith Tucker
Office Hours Monday to Thursday | 9am — 2pm
Address 31 — 37 Queen St, PO Box 338, Pukekohe
Phone 09 238 7228
Email address
Op Shop 9am — 12 noon on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays

Community Programmes at Pukekohe Anglican Church — Pukekohe Community Action
SPACE for you and your baby
For the first year of baby’s life. Several groups are run eaach week to keep the age range of the babies within about 3 months. Term time only.
For the older members of the community
A hot lunch is available for a small charge. Transport can also be arranged. Tuesdays 9.30am.
An after-school group held at 4pm on Thursdays for children who have experienced a significant loss or grief in their lives. An adult programme runs at various times. Ph 027 452 1366 for information.
Music & Coffee group, a natural progression from Space, for preschool children. Mon & Fri, 9.15-11am. Term time only.

ALL SOULS’ DAY (note change of date): Wednesday November 1, noon and 7pm:
Join us as we remember the loved ones we have lost. Please feel free to invite family members and friends to join with you. If you know anyone who has lost a loved one, please share this invitation with them.

This has been delayed until next year. Hopefully we can finally achieve this by ANZAC DAY 2024.

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