Newsletter May 2024


After more than four years of planning and frustration as we sought a way to restore the Peace Memorial Arch, keeping many people busy as we encountered one hurdle after another, we are happy to see it restored at last. It was dedicated on Anzac Day last week by the Right Reverend Ross Bay, the Bishop of Auckland.

Despite insurance cover, the parish has had to fund a shortfall of about a third of the cost of the repairs. This was largely due to delays, which were beyond the control of the parish, and the increase in costs as a result of inflation during the challenging years for our country. Our problem was to find a person or firm able to reconstruct the arch as a replica of the original with all its motif patterns. The arch has been moved a couple of metres back and made slightly wider and higher. It originally stood where the first of the pillars now stand. This was necessary for health and safety reasons.

A seating area has been installed on each side of the arch, where the wreaths were placed on Anzac Day. Parts of the original arch, kept to use as moulds for the new arch, now have a place in the vicarage garden. Plaques have also been added.

It was a great privilege to have worked with the Returned and Services Association (RSA) and the Franklin Local Board and to have them agree to our hosting the Anzac Day Civic Service on the church premises. The armed forces had a strong presence at the service.

As this arch is a peace memorial, it is important for us to continue to pray that the peace Christ came to bring to the world becomes a reality in so many places in our world today.

To quote Renton Brown in the Franklin County News: “It is said that good things take time, but better things take a little longer, and this is a case in point. Yes, we have had to wait a while and, yes, it has been expensive, but this beautiful replacement is a fitting reminder of the past and marks the beginning of a new chapter in the history of this church.”

So life in the parish continues and you will see the forthcoming events as part of this Messenger. Among our many organised events come unexpected ones. In our world today so much is unpredictable, including the weather. We are looking at having our great complex as an emergency hub if there is the need in our community. There will be some additional requirements if this actually happens and Pukekohe Community Action (PCA) is looking at ways in which we can make this possible.

With the opening of the new blocks of Kāinga Ora housing in Pukekohe, we are experiencing an increase in food parcel requests again. Some of the people moving into the housing have previously been homeless and what little they have is needed to buy some basic life essentials, leaving little for food. I am grateful we live in such a caring community both within and beyond the church.

In a couple of weeks we will be celebrating Pentecost — when the Holy Spirit came upon the people gathered at that time. This is now known as the birthday of the church.

Blessings to all — Jan

May 5, Easter 6: First reading Acts 10:44-48; Gospel John 15:9-17
May 12, Ascension: Acts 1:1-11; Luke 24:44-53
May 19, Pentecost: Acts 2:1-21; John 15:26-27,16:4b-15
May 26, Trinity Sunday: Isaiah 6:1-8; John 3:1-17

Singers welcome to help.
An assistant at Franklin Village would be really appreciated.
Wednesday May 1, 10am: St Andrew’s
Thursday May 2, 10.30am: Franklin Village
Tuesday May 14, 11am: Palms Hospital
Thursday May 16, 10am: St Andrew’s
Tuesday May 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
1st Wednesday of the month — 3rd Thursday of the month

Sunday May 19, 12 noon, the Hidden Cafe, Paerata
Please join us as we celebrate Pentecost, the birthday of the Church. If you wish to attend, please fill in the sheet in the lobby or let the office know.

The Kokako

By Keith Gardner
One of the most haunting sounds heard in the native forest is the call of the kokako. I have been lucky enough to hear these birds in the Hunua Ranges.

High up in the ranges is a valley where the kokako have a protected home where they can be monitored. Predator trapping has made an enormous difference to their numbers. These wattlebirds, called for their colourful, fleshy wattles at the neck, are related to saddlebacks and the extinct huia. The numbers in Hunua Ranges have increased to more than 106 breeding pairs with many juveniles. They have also been reported out of the valley. The intense predator control has also helped to increase numbers of kaka, tomtits, longtail bats, bellbirds and Hochstetler frogs.

The North Island kokako has a blue wattle. It was widespread and is now only found on Little Barrier Island, Tiritiri Matangi, Northland, south Waikato (Pureora, Mapara and Maungatautari, forests), northern Taranaki and Kapiti Island.

To get a close-up view of kokako now, you need to visit a zoo or Pūkaha/Mt Bruce National Wildlife Centre in the Tararua district.

The decline of the kokako has many causes such as clearance of tall lowland forest, logging, removal of their main food plants, the predation of eggs, chicks, and adults by introduced animals, especially rats, possums, harriers and plant eating animals such as goats and deer.

A kokako’s nests are twig-based, are often lined with moss and are made just below the canopy. Kokako lay 2-3 eggs, pinkish grey with mauve spots and blotches, from October to November. The young stay near the parents for up to 12 months.

The birds hold their territory all year and for many years. They sing loudly for prolonged periods about dawn. Kokako prefer to bound along branches and from branch to branch rather than fly as they have short, rounded wings. Their diet is foliage and fruit supplemented with invertebrates. The oldest kokako recorded was at least 11 years old but some live to 20.

The South Island kokako was declared extinct in 2007. Based on evidence such as sightings and recordings, some experts believe the South Island kokako still exists. Its wattle is orange. A shyer, quieter bird than its northern relative, its classification has been changed from extinct to “data deficient”. So, the race is on to find the South Island kokako.
(Thanks Guide to Birds)

It’s that time of year when we collect pyjamas (or money to buy them) to distribute to schools who have children in need of warmth this coming winter. If you can help up, it would be MOST appreciated.
Only new pyjamas please
If you’d prefer to make a donation to enable us to buy PJs, please use our PCA Charitable Trust account 12-3023-0071016-00
This is a joint project with the Middlemore Foundation as we try to keep our children out of hospital.

3pm Sunday, May 26, at St Andrew’s

Taylor Wallbank, Emma Jones, Szilvia Hernyak, Sasha Lockley, Andrew Conley, directed by Robert Howell
Adults $45, Seniors $40, Students free with ID. $10 discount if booking through the Pukekohe Anglican Church office.



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



Vicar: 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, Glenis Kerr, Vicky Mee
Buckland Rep Glen Morse

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 each week to keep the age range of the babies within about 3 months. Term time only.
The Selwyn Foundation
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.
Oasis Play Group
Music & Coffee group, a natural progression from Space, for preschool children. Mon & Fri, 9.15-11am. Term time only.

Wednesday May 1, 10am:
Parish Communion Service followed by Mothers’ Union social group gathering.
Thursday May 16, 10am: Fellowship service and social outing to a local cafe. All welcome.
Sunday May 19, 12 noon: Pentecost Sunday — the birthday of the church. Parish outing for lunch to the Hidden Cafe. Please fill in the sheet in the lobby or let the office know if you wish to attend.
Wednesday May 17, 7pm: Vestry meeting.
Sunday May 26, 3pm: Handel Consort & Quire.

An Alpha course at the Catholic Church begins on Tuesday, April 30 at 6.30pm, starting with dinner. The Catholic community invite anyone who wishes to attend.

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.

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