Parish of Puketapu and Districts

Puketapu is a widespread country parish with 5 worship centres, including two attractive traditional rural churches. Worship is informal and family-orientated, led by a variety of clergy from around the region, and supported by the local laity.  All faiths, backgrounds and ages are welcome.

Parish Administrator, Heather Symons, Ph 06 845-3447

Worship: DECEMBER services for Puketapu and Districts Parish

Patoka  Sunday 8th Dec,  1.30pm   Carols and Worship at Patoka Hall with Rev Brett Walker       

Puketapu -  Sunday 15th Dec, 5.30pm  - Christmas Festival,  Puketapu Church Lawn.Wednesday 25th Dec,   9.30am   Christmas Day Service  with Rev’d Deborah Broom and Father Bill Chapman at St Michael and All Angels Church, Vicarage Rd, Puketapu.  Sunday 29th Dec 4.00pm Eucharist and Baptism Father Bill Chapman

Kereru  &  Maraekakaho  - Tuesday 17th Dec,  7.00pm  -  Combined Carols Service at Kereru Hall with Rev’d Jill McDonald and Rev’d Bruce Allport  Followed by Supper                                                                                                              

Crownthorpe   Tuesday 24th Dec, 5.00pm   Christmas Eve Service with Carols    with Father Bill Chapman-  St George’s, Chapel Matapiro Rd, Crownthorpe   

Service information is also posted on the HB Church Services Link

Generally informal middle-of-the-road Anglican. With several centres and several clergy and lay groups responsible for worship, there is some variation. In the smaller outlying worship centres, the worship usually reflects the ecumenical nature of the small, informal congregations. Marriages, Funerals and Baptisms are held on request. Please contact us for more information.

Community Messenger - Parish Newsletter:

Click here to download the Dec18/ Jan, Feb, March 19 issue 

Click here to download the April - July 2019 issue

Click here to download the Aug/Sept/Oct/Nov 2019 issue

Click here to download the Dec 2019/Jan/Feb/March 2020 issue

Ethos: The parish is geographically large, with separate communities relating to either Napier or Hastings. Strong ecumenical element, with Catholics, Presbyterians and others involved in leadership and worship. General willingness to accept diversity, but it’s not easy to be inconspicuous. 

Ethnicity: Mostly Pakeha. Te Reo not used much but is increasing.

Children: Main focus on children is at the monthly service at Puketapu. Occasional special events organised.

Social: Several recent concerts with a strong faith element have been well received. Annual fete as part of the The Rotary Puketapu Fair is a major community event. 

Training: Occasional training for the ministry team, which is open to all parishioners. Winter study series in recent years. 

Outreach: Parish magazine, (3 times a year) which is delivered to most residents within Parish boundaries.

Highlights: Popular pre-Christmas event in the old vicarage grounds; musical events in the Puketapu church; Parish fete.



18th August  9.30am   Family Rev'd Alan Burnett



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11th August   1.30pm  Worship  Rev Brett Walker



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