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

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.

November 2022 Church Services for Puketapu and Districts Parish

PUKETAPU St Michael's Church, 86 Vicarage Rd, Puketapu
18th December 4:30pm Carols, Music & Picnic Church Gardens
25th December 9:30am CHRISTMAS DAY - Father Bill Chapman

PATOKA at Patoka Hall, 1 Hendley Rd, Patoka
11th December 1:30pm WORSHIP & CAROLS SERVICE - Rev Brett Walker

CROWNTHORPE St George's Chapel, 1786 Matapiro Rd, Crownthorpe
24th December 5:00pm CAROLS AND CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE - Father Bill Chapman

KERERU Kereru Hall, 2306 Kereru Rd, Kereru
Monday December 19th 7:00pm CAROLS SERVICE - Rev Jill McDonald

MARAEKAKAHO Church, 50 Kereru Road, Maraekakaho
Tuesday ecember 20th 7:00pm CAROLS SERVICE - Rev Jill McDonald


Community Messenger - Parish Newsletter:

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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No Scheduled service



11th August   1.30pm  Worship  Rev Brett Walker



No Scheduled service