Newsletter March 2024


Firstly, we journey through Lent remembering Jesus’ sacrifice for us and his time in the wilderness after his baptism. Then comes Christ’s call for us to take up our cross and to follow him.

All of us face challenges, just as Jesus did. So often these challenges can arise from the conflict within and between people as their views or values on what is important to us or them changes. Remember the temptations Jesus experienced where he was challenged between human needs and God’s pathway. Today leaders throughout the world, our Government and each of us as individuals are challenged to balance our wants, our needs, which are often very different, and our values. It is good for us to reflect on these at times in our lives just to re-evaluate. Are we truly seeking to follow in Christ’s footsteps?

This past week it has been exciting to see the reconstruction of our arch begin. This is in memory of those who gave their lives to enhance the lives of others but let us not forget it is a Peace Memorial Arch, just as St Andrew’s is a Peace Memorial Church. Currently there is a huge need for all of us to strive for peace in a world that is being torn apart, once again, by war as people seek for power and authority without considering the consequences for so many. Unfortunately, this happens within families even in our communities. May our replacement arch be a reminder to each and to all of our community to strive for peace, in our homes, our families and in our community, and within our hearts. May we seek to hand such on to the generations that will follow us.

Plans are underway for the 11am Civic Service for Anzac Day, which will this year be held on the church grounds. We will first process from the Pukekohe Intermediate School carpark, past the war memorial stones on Queen St through the newly constructed arch, which will be blessed and dedicated as part of the regular Civic Anzac Day commemoration.

I am hoping for a beautiful day and a significant number of our parishioners and people from the wider community joining our members of the RSA.

There will be the opportunity for people to visit the church, view the stained-glass peace memorial window above the altar and light a candle as we remember those who lost their lives in service for others. People can also visit the Mils Haslam Garden in front of the vicarage and view pieces of the destroyed arch.

Unfortunately, we will need to cover an insurance payout shortfall of between $50,000 and $60,000 in replacement costs for the arch.

This Easter, we are very privileged to have Jono Dunlop and some of the Franklin Choir join us for our Easter Day Service. We will only have one service that day, at 9am. Because Easter Day this year falls on the fifth Sunday of the month, when we usually have a parish breakfast together, this time our service will be followed by brunch. We hope you will join us for this. There will be a list in the hall foyer to give us an indication of attendees.

You will see that the yellow lines indicating no parking have been refreshed. Thank you to Bill Fitzgerald for doing this and many other odd jobs around the church for us. It is very much appreciated. When parking around the back of the church by the kitchen door, this is a good drop-off point for older people and for food deliveries from the supermarket delivery trucks. If you are fit and able it is helpful to leave parking spaces close to the kitchen clear.

We appreciate your co-operation with any inconvenience caused by the current reconstruction work. One day shortly there will be a cherry picker parked in the driveway up to the office as we have the vicarage chimneys covered to prevent birds getting caught down the chimneys.

Only one of the fireplaces is actually in use. We will be advised when this is happening and cones will be in place.

Blessings to all — Jan


Saturday March 23: Easter Garden Open

Sunday March 24: Palm Sunday

Thursday March 28: Passover Meal (add your name to the list in the church foyer to give indication of numbers or notify the parish office)

Friday March 29: Good Friday — Contemplative service 11am

Sunday March 31: Easter Day — ONLY ONE SERVICE 9am, followed by brunch. Please notify the office or add your name to the list in the foyer if you would like to join us for the brunch.


March 3: First reading: Exodus 20:1-17; Gospel: John 2:13-22

March 10: Numbers 21:4-9; John 3:14-21

March 17: Jeremiah 31:31-34; John 12:20-33

March 24: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Mark 11:1-11

March 31: Isaiah 52:13-53:12; John 28:1-19:42


Singers welcome to help

Wednesday March 6, 10am: St Andrew’s

Thursday March 7, 10.30am: Franklin Village

Tuesday March 12, 11am: Palms Hospital

Thursday March 21, 10am: St Andrew’s

Tuesday March 26, 11am: Possum Bourne Village


Every Sunday

8am and 9.30am at St Andrew’s Pukekohe

With the exception of Easter Day

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

1st Wednesday of the month — 3rd Thursday of the month


11am Sunday March 17

Including reports from vestry, Pukekohe Central Vestry Trust Board, draft financial reports, and budget and property reports and other documentation as required by the diocese.

It would be appreciated if groups could have reports for tabling at the AGM to the office:
• If they are handwritten by Monday March 18 to be typed
• by email in the text of the email or as an attached word document by Wednesday March 20
Please notify the office if you have a key to any of the parish rooms giving the letter and number of your key as printed on it. If you do not use your key at least fortnightly, please return your key to Jan or the office or if you feel you still need it please speak to Jan. MANY THANKS VESTRY


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 community out-reach in our community): 12-3023-0071016-00
• Make sure you 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.


By Keith Gardner

One place my father would have loved to visit for his snail and shell hunting would have been the Kermadec Islands. These islands are often a forgotten part of New Zealand, but they are important to our country in many ways.

The Kermadec Islands are a nature and marine reserve located about 1000km northeast of New Zealand. They can only be visited by permit.

The islands are a visible chain of 80 volcanoes stretching 2600km along the Kermadec Trench where the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates collide. The volcanic chain is formed by the Pacific plate melting as it sinks below the Australian plate.

As the Kermadecs have never been attached to a large land mass, they have evolved a unique subtropical and temperate biodiversity. Large predatory fish such as the Galapagos shark, spotted black groper and kingfish roam the sea. The Pacific humpback whale migrates south through the islands. Green turtles are abundant around Raoul Island. Deep-water vents harbour beds of giant mussels along with large crabs and eel-like fish which live among the fields of sea lilies.

Around Raoul Island, the largest island, there are birds found nowhere else in the world such as the red-tailed tropicbird or the masked booby.
Many seabirds breed on the Kermadecs such as the black-winged petrel, white-naped petrel and white-bellied storm petrel.

Raoul Island was settled by early Polynesians 600-1000 years ago but settlement was intermittent, probably because of the volcanic activity. Most small communities were based on fishing and harvesting sea birds.

Europeans used the islands as a base for whaling. In 1934, the islands were set aside as a flora and fauna reserve and later became a nature reserve. A marine reserve was created in 1990 — it is the largest marine reserve in New Zealand.

Raoul Island is well known for its meteorological station. The Department of Conservation administers the island with about six scientists on the island all the time.

The Kermadecs are part of a unique biodiversity which add to our knowledge of New Zealand and are hopefully not forgotten.



We will be setting up in the week before. It would be appreciated if you could store large items at home until the week before but if not, we would still love to receive your contribution.


Franklin’s Sustainable Living Expo, Saturday March 16, 10am to 3pm, Pukekohe Anglican Church complex, 43 Queen St, Pukekohe. Sustainable Market, Kids’ Activities, Workshops, Presentations
Hosted by Waiuku Zero Waste and Community Networks Franklin, with Auckland Council support.


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.



Convenience — I come to you!
Most aspects of hairdressing (including perms)
Professional service
Award-winning stylist
Top products
Text or phone Susan 021 499 194


Floors/Driveways/Footpaths/Patios etc
Daniel Kircher
Ph 021 066 8356


Stockists of fine Quality Leather Shoes
81 King St, Pukekohe. Ph 09- 2387686


Locally owned and operated since 1978
Contact Eve Murphy, 89 King St, Pukekohe. Ph 09-237 0013


We cover buildings with the best Colorsteel
in corrugated or styline profiles
“Steel Yourself for the 21st Century”
Franklin Rd, Pukekohe. Ph 09-238 9249 or after hours 09-238 0027


The Rev’d Jan Wallace 238 7723 Home
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.


Friday March 1, 10am: World Day of Prayer, Pukekohe Methodist Church. Morning tea followed by World Day of Prayer Service prepared by the Women of Palestine. The theme this year is “I beg you … bear with one another with love”.

Saturday March 2, 10am to 2pm: Parish Quiet Day, St Andrew’s Church Lounge. Tea, coffee, juice, water and morning tea provided. Please bring your lunch, Bible and colouring devices. If you would like to attend, please add your name to the list in the foyer.

Wednesday March 6, 10am: Parish Communion Service. 10.30am: Mothers’ Union social group gathering.

Thursday March 21, 10am: Informal fellowship service followed by morning tea at a local cafe including time to chat and get to know people. All are welcome.

Saturday March 16, 10am-3pm: Community Networks Franklin Little Green Expo, St Andrew’s Church complex. Hosted by Community Networks Franklin and Waiuku Zero Waste, it’s a chance to find out what sustainability initiatives are underway in our community. Free admission.

Sunday March 17, 11am: Parish AGM:, Nora Brown Hall. We have important matters to discuss as a parish. Your attendance and support at this meeting would be much appreciated.

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