Newsletter June 2024


Welcome to winter and the very unpredictable weather we are experiencing.

Firstly, my apologies for the lateness of the Messenger. Time has been very pressured recently with several urgent matters to be attended to. These are often very time-consuming and in need of consultation with others.

Government legislation has affected workload. However, this is important work to get done. Most significant are the changes required by the review of the charities’ reporting requirements. There are four different levels of requirement, depending on your financial situation and on the effect of the trust on the lives of others. These mean reviews of often very out-of-date documents.

Our Central Vestry Trust Board deed was written in 1932 so it is well out-of-date and certainly its structures have changed. This requires a major review because back in 1932 things were very different. Our documentation also requires the review of the regulations around the likes of St Andrew’s Court Retirement Village and such like.

On Sunday June 9 our Gospel reading was Mark 3:20-35. Within this reading Jesus spoke of his followers in terms of his mother, brother and sisters. This was a strong affirmation by Jesus of the importance of his having a strong relationship with the followers in his life.

Recently Bob and I spent a few days in the Warkworth and Matakana area, and during this time we visited the Sculptureum. One of the sculptures we saw, a figure huddled in a small space, got me thinking. From the second part of last year I have been involved in considering the effects of disasters internationally and in our own area, and their impact on people’s lives.

The plaque by the sculpture referred to how a person can feel shut in when living in a city.
What is it like for many people living here in Pukekohe?

The new immigrant or new person to our community; the new parent home alone all day, living in a new area, not knowing their neighbours and, having left a busy and responsible place of work, now having no or little adult conversation during their day.

What about the older or vulnerable people in the community who live with the fear of getting the flu and other winter illnesses, or who simply fear going out?

Balance that with the effects of being home alone during horrendous thunderstorms.

The sculpture reminded me of the people in our more rural communities too. Sure, generally it is easy to connect with people but for some it is a significant challenge and can so easily affect a person’s mental health. This is a reminder that while it is important for us to be helping with material needs, it is just as important that we deal with emotional and social needs and that we take the time to listen to people’s stories so they are not confined as the sculpture implied.

We have received many positive comments about the arch and, yes, there is some tidying up to be completed. Heavy rain just as the grouting was being finished has caused some staining and there are a few chips and cracks, but there is a six-month guarantee period so we will be reporting these to the production team later in this period.

You will notice that our switchboard in Nora Brown Hall has been updated. This will enable a generator to be attached when we have one available.

Several fridges and freezers have been added to cope with the increase in the food needed for food parcels in our current socioeconomic situation. We don’t want to run the risk of losing this food as a result of a significant power outage. The switchboard, with other measures that have been taken, will also enable an increased power supply for the church when it is restored. This will also give us increased capacity for heating control.

I have been applying for other grants for work around the church and when we know the results of these applications I will keep you updated.

Keep safe, warm and dry through winter.

Blessings – Jan

Sunday June 30, Breakfast 8.45am, Eucharist 9.45am
Preacher and celebrant: Right Reverend John Paterson.
If you would like to join us for breakfast, please add your name to the list in the foyer or call the office.


On Pentecost Sunday, a group from the parish went to the Hidden Cafe in Paerata for lunch as we celebrated the coming of the Holy Spirit, being poured out on the people, and the birth of the church as the people were sent out to the then known world, sharing love of God as Jesus had taught them.
Our spending time together socially enables us to get to know each other and in doing so to be able to share and care for each other. It was a good time together.
We have the opportunity to share again on the last Sunday of this month when we have our parish breakfast between our 8am and 9.30am services. For more than 20 years, the Anderson family have faithfully prepared a beautiful breakfast for us most times when there have been five Sundays in a month. This has been great, however we are hoping some people will step up and decide this is something they are able to assist with. It only happens a maximum of four Sundays in a year.
To me it is more about the value of the time that we spend together rather than what we eat.

June 2:
First reading: 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20); Gospel: Mark 2:23-3:6
June 9: 1 Samuel 8:4-11, (12-15), 16-20: (11:14-15); Mark 3:20-35
June 16: 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13; Mark 4:26-34
June 23: 1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49; Mark 4:35-41
June 30: 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27; Mark 5:21-43

Singers welcome to help
Tuesday June 4, 10.30am: Palms Rest Home
Wednesday June 5, 12 noon and 7pm: St Andrew’s
Thursday June 6, 10.30am: Franklin Village
Tuesday June 11, 11am: Palms Hospital
Thursday June 20, 10am: St Andrew’s
Tuesday June 25, 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


By Keith Gardner
When working with children, I found they often ask highly intelligent questions. Here are a few I can remember:

Can birds see colours?
A human’s eyes have three colour-sensing cells called cones (red, green and blue) but birds and some other animals have four (red, green, blue and ultra-violet). We often see birds’ feathers such as the rifleman’s as brown and white, but birds see a rifleman’s feathers as shades of purple and orange.

What is an ammonite?
Ammonites were tentacled predators of the ancient ocean. They were related to today’s octopuses. The biggest fossil found in Aotearoa was also the third largest ammonite found in the world. It was found in February 1977 at Taharoa near Kawhia. It measured 1.42 meters across and is thought to be 140 million years old.

How do kiwis keep dirt from blocking their noses?
At night you can hear kiwis forcing out air and dirt from their nostrils. It sounds like a loud snuffling and snorting. The kiwi’s nostrils are near the tip of its long beak but because they are tucked in behind the slightly bulbous tip, they do not get as much dirt in them as we think. (Help from KCC)

What is the clicking noise I hear at night?
At night in winter, you can hear a ticking or clicking sound. It is a click beetle that has been attracted by light or is looking for a warm place. When on their backs, they snap their top and bottom halves and flip themselves in the air making a clicking sound.

What do jellyfish eat?
A jellyfish is like an umbrella with tentacles trailing from its edges. These tentacles are armed with stinging cells to catch food. Plankton, crustaceans, fish eggs, small fish and other jellyfish are its meals. When caught, the tentacles push the food into the jellyfish’s mouth.

Why does a tuatara have an extra eye?
Between its two normal eyes the tuatara has a third eye covered by skin. The eye can see light and dark. Nobody is sure why the tuatara has this eye; it may help the tuatara adjust its body temperature by moving in or out of the sun.

What is the tree that changes its leaf shape?
When young the lancewood has long skinny spiky leaves. These leathery barbs encouraged the moa to look elsewhere for a tasty treat as they could not fit the leaves in their mouths. As the lancewood gets taller its leaves grow differently. They are shorter, wider and able to catch the sun’s energy.



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, 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.

Thursday 20 June, 10am:
Fellowship service followed by social outing to a local cafe. All welcome.
Sunday 30 June, 8.45am: Parish Breakfast. An opportunity to enjoy breakfast together and get to know each other a little better. This will be the last breakfast Richard Anderson will be organising. It would be good if a couple of people could join him on the day to see how he does things. If you would like to join us for breakfast, please add your name to the list in the foyer.
Needed: People willing to help with Parish Breakfast in the future. These happen just four times a year. Please let Jan know if you are willing to help with one or more.

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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