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

April 2021 Church services for Puketapu and Districts Parish
Puketapu: 4th April 9.30am  EASTER SUNDAY  Father Bill Chapman
2nd April  5.00pm  Good Friday  Father Bill Chapman & Rev’d David van Oeveren
25th April   2.00pm    ANZAC Day  & 100 years Anniversary  & St George’s Patronal Festival.  After service celebration at Matapiro Hall
With Father Bill Chapman, Rev’d David van Oeveren and Bishop Andrew Hedge

No April Service

No April Service

11th April  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:

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



No Scheduled service



No Scheduled service



11th August   1.30pm  Worship  Rev Brett Walker



No Scheduled service