Bar Stool Injury

People have been enquiring about the condition of Greg, who was injured in a fall from a ‘bar stool bike’ in central Puhoi on September 20. Greg is now in intensive care, but his condition is still critical, says a local friend.

Unanimous Vote For Museum Plan

At a September 29 2013 public meeting in the Puhoi Hall the 35 adults present voted unanimously in favour of the society’s seeking Auckland Council permission for use of the public land including the dray site and rotunda reserve in the central village to build a museum. Historical society president Sue Tisdall explained the public meeting was a result of the AC requirement to consult with the community as part of the application process.

Feeling Arty?

In what has become a massive fixture in the Puhoi Calendar we are holding the annual Puhoi Art Exhibition from 23rd November to 1st December 2013. Entry is very simple using the online registration form.

This year we are have an optional  ‘150’ theme section – simply base your artwork(s) around something related to that number (it also happens to be 150 years since the first European settlement of Puhoi). There’ll be a prize for the artwork voted for by visitors.



A Walk for In the Light for Charity

By Lyz Smith
Adrian and I have been in Puhoi just about 12 years. We emigrated from the UK and love our local community.
As you may or may not know, I discovered I had metastatic breast cancer, diagnosed last year.
It has been an interesting year, topped off at Christmas by finding I also had bowel cancer. Anyway that got dealt to and I am currently dealing with my second round of chemotherapy. You may have noticed a succession of wigs. Fairly obvious as I never used to have a “proper” hairstyle and now I do!
Those who know me, are aware of how open I am and how I approach most things with a slightly warped sense of humour. I find that humour and lots of attitude get you through most things, also that being miserable can’t help you or those around you deal with an issue like this. I have no intention of giving in to it any time soon.
The personnel at Fuji Xerox where I work in Auckland, have been amazing in supporting me, particularly through the joys of chemotherapy, scans and various hospital appointments. I have also received some lovely pressies, too numerous to mention, but I would like to put my heartfelt thanks into this message.
My husband, Adrian has wanted to do something practical to help for some time and has hit upon the idea of raising money for Sweet Louise, a local charity which specifically supports women (and men) with secondary breast cancer. He has set himself a target of walking 100km in daylight hours, around Victoria Park on Saturday 14th December (to give himself as many daylight hours as he can). He has been training for about 10 weeks now and is covering approximately 100km a week. He has a website where friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances can donate and also follow his blog, which he updates each week.
On behalf of Sweet Louise, Adrian and I would be very grateful for any support to this little known charity. Adrian would also like comments on his blog, just to know that the world knows what he’s going through (those blisters can be pretty painful and the body is not in the same shape it was back in the day). As Harrison Ford said in Raiders of the Lost Ark, “it ain’t the years honey, it’s the mileage”. And he sure has covered some miles. Please forward this link on to as many friends and acquaintances as you can.

Puhoi 150th Celebrations DVD set



A limited number of the Puhoi 150th 2013 Anniversary Celebration DVD (2 discs) sets have been ordered by the Puhoi Historical Society & will be available @$40.00 from the 28th Sept via P.H.S./Museum or via the order form listed at the bottom of this page. They will be for sale at the Puhoi Centennial Hall on Sunday 29th September 10am-3pm. To the many families who have already ordered expect delivery of your DVD set in early October 2013.


The video DVD disc (9 videos) contains the official speeches, at 68 minutes running time it is really great and although I was in attendance it is amazing what one misses as I guess my mind was wandering on things to do (EFTPOS machine still not operating for example) and only partially listening. The other 8 short videos on this disc are just superb, the Feb re-enactment with a wonderful narrative by Brendan Schollum, TV1 breakfast via Mahurangi Matters, dancing, music, wood chopping and heaps of people you will no doubt recognise.


The photograph disc contains 1216 photos and having viewed all at least 20 times plus to ensure they are closeto being in the correct order, I have spotted various people each time since I first started that I hadn’t even realised they were part of the background in the photos. Whilst some photos are a little dark they will be okay and provide a wonderful record of the January – June 2013 Anniversary 150th celebrations. Please take your time viewing these as you will know several people and wonder how on earth they captured you or your relations in some of the photographs or videos without you realising. The first 100 photos show some samples from Jan-June then we start with Wood Chopping, Wenderholm picnic, landing Re-enactment/Wharf opening, Church and the big celebration weekend June 28-30 along with some old photographs mixed in to help you recall the past. I trust you enjoy as much as I have in helping bring this DVD set together with the following help.


Special thanks to Dale Farnsworth (videos/photos) of Production Plus Ltd who suggested this DVD concept, Shane Wenzlick of Phototek for numerous photos, Mahurangi Matters their breakfast video & photo contribution are fantastic, Puhoi Historical Society, Amego for the wood chopping and the various families who have all contributed photographs to be shared on this DVD set. Production of this Puhoi 150th anniversary DVD set would not have been possible without the amazing skills from Mike Fraser of Comm Media Ltd. Through everyone’s generosity all profits generated from this DVD project will go towards the Puhoi Historical Society/Museum new building fund.


Yours sincerely; Adrian Anderson; Committee member 150th celebrations 2013; Email;

Description Qty Price Total
DVD set Jan-June 150th Anniversary Celebrations 2013 $ 40.00
*Special* 150th Commemorative 2013 Booklet 2 for $20 $ 20.00
Name; Plus postage in NZ > $ 4.50
Address; Total order incl post
Telephone; ( )
Email address; Credit card, you can order from the shop page, see web site below >
Cheque; please post to Puhoi Historical Society P O Box 404 224 Puhoi 0951
Direct credit, email for account & reference

Bootcamp: Get In Shape For Summer

Snells Beach Bootcamp is an outdoor fitness class for groups of men and women of all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels. During each 45-min session the aim is to challenge you in a fun and exhilarating environment. We use drills, circuits, many types of fitness techniques, equipment, teamwork and positive encouragement for you to feel worked, refreshed and see the weight-loss and fitness results fast.

Come and experience the fitness fun for yourselves with like-minded people.

Contact personal trainer Sophie on 09 425 6987 or 021 074 3042 or

No gym, no fancy equipment, just results!

Bring a friend and get $5 off the price

Second Wind

It Takes A Whole Village – the people of Puhoi 1963-2013, has been reprinted and is available from the Puhoi Historical Society, the Puhoi Store, the Puhoi Hotel and the author, Judith Williams, 4220181, at a cost of $36, plus postage.

Jacki’s Back to Ease Our Pain

“Puhoi has been my home for over ten years and after working in Auckland during this time I have decided to establish a clinic in the local community. I am a qualified physiotherapist with a post graduate diploma in manipulative physiotherapy. I started my own physiotherapy practice in Titirangi in the early eighties, during which time as well as doing ‘hands on’ physiotherapy I was also the physiotherapist for a national league men’s basketball team.In the last ten years I have also been doing gym based rehabilitation for those clients who need to get physically fit in order to return to work following surgery, accidents or chronic pain.I am passionate about keeping physically fit doing the activities which I enjoy and I’m keen to help other people do the same.”
Jacki Piper Physiotherapist, open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 2.30-5.30pm, phone 0800568621, email

New Museum Fundraising

“We have outgrown our museum and are looking for a new site in Puhoi,” writes Puhoi Historical Society president Sue Tisdall and the committee. “Twenty five years ago the church let us use one Convent School classroom, but in October 2012 our lease ran out. We are grateful to the church for allowing us to stay for 25 years. Now we need a better-equipped building and more room to house all our exhibits and keep them and the archives safe. Looking to the future we hope to be able to build a museum in Puhoi we as a community will be proud of. The Puhoi church property committee will allow us to stay in the convent school until we have secured a new site.”

Museum fundraising project group member Adrian Anderson informs that PHS Christmas Hamper Raffle tickets will be available from 25th September, this will offer 1st, 2nd & 3rd prize packaged and the tickets are limited to 900 @$5 each, drawn 11th December, still to be confirmed. Some of the items we have been able to secure are; New World Orewa $150 gift voucher, a Morris & James beautiful platter, BBQ, Meat voucher $50, Puhoi Cheese Vouchers for each prize pack, Chemz aerosol glass cleaner, Christmas tree & decorations, accommodation for two at Hungry Creek B&B valued @$150, 2 x Family vouchers for Waiwera Thermal Pools, Puhoi Canoe Hire voucher for two people, Stihl Warkworth $50 voucher, Puhoi Hotel voucher for Bohemian Pilsner Beer, Christmas Cake, Christmas Pudding, Christmas Bears battery operated, sparkling grape juice, an article from Amanda, who owns the Trove, plus a heap of other goodies to  make each prize winner very happy. We are looking for people to help us sell tickets, each book will
contain 20 tickets and if you can help please contact either Sheryll Titford or myself; Please note, all funds raised in item 1 & 2 will be used for the new PHS building plus please ask people to visit the web site or for updates on future activities which are being planned.

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