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
Email: footehills@actrix.gen.nz

 July services for Puketapu and Districts Parish

Puketapu: 21st July 9.30am Family Father Bill Chapman

Kereru: No Scheduled July service

Crownthorpe: No Scheduled July service

Maraekakaho: No Scheduled July service

Patoka: 14th July  1.30pm  Worship  Rev Brett Walker

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

Puketapu AGM Meeting - Click to view AGM minutes from 12 March 2019


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.