Puhoi: My Memories

[Judith Williams, Adrian Anderson]

I first started during the Covid-19 lockdown period reading an interesting old 1937 newspaper article about Puhoi, where my mother, Edith Wenzlick, grew up. This has now turned into a montage of photos I think other folk may enjoy, particularly the videos, knowing a few of the people featured.

This document layout has been produced by myself, Adrian Anderson, with special thanks to Dale Farnsworth for the re-enactment, official speeches, videos and numerous photos from Puhoi’s  Sesquicentennial, 2013. Shane Wenzlick has supplied photos, along with many from my own collection and from the internet, Local Matters newspaper, TV1, YouTube and some from the National Library.

 These are my memories of Puhoi, although I would have liked to include some from the Puhoi A&P shows, as I recall some happy times attending these as a very young boy and seeing the pleasure my mother got when meeting many relations and friends at the event. In fact, after Mass on a Sunday, we children had to wait for ages while mum chatted with what seemed like everyone before we could head back to our grandparents home for lunch.

Puhoi: My Memories (pdf)

New Arrangements for Anzac Day

A community decision will see a traditional Anzac commemoration go ahead this April 25 in Puhoi despite a police directive to postpone the annual event and encourage people to travel to memorial ceremonies in larger centres such as Warkworth, Wellsford and the Hibiscus Coast.

The rationale for the directive is the lack of enough police force members to patrol Anzac ceremonies in smaller centres in the face of possible threats to public safety following the events of March 15, when 50 Muslim worshipers were gunned down and killed at two Christchurch mosques.
Puhoi people have, however, expressed a wish to meet as has become traditional over the past few year at the settlement’s war memorial gates at the entrance to the Puhoi Pioneers Memorial Park.
The familiar format – a gathering at 9am (9.30am?) Reveille, Scouts, Fire Brigade members and other uniformed groups, a talk by a resident war history enthusiast and the laying of wreaths will be maintained, the major difference this year being that the organisers of the event will be the local fire brigade, not the Puhoi Heritage Museum Society, instituters and organisers of  previous commemorations.
The society will abide by the police directive not to hold a commemoration in Puhoi this year.
The annual display of war memorabilia and literature, plus an Anzac biscuits and refreshments gathering at the historic Puhoi Library will not be affected by these changes to the traditional routine, except for opening times – this year from 10am to 2pm.
Instead of the usual  morning tea in the community hall following the parade, the fire brigade will be hosting the refreshments following the traditional ceremony. People can easily find parking or walk to the centrally-located station.
“The decision to go ahead with the gathering was a community one,” says deputy fire chief Mike Donovan.
by Judith Williamscommunity news provider.

Come and Celebrate 155 Years of Puhoi Settlement

Come to Puhoi to celebrate 155 years of Puhoi settlement

Friday 29th June 2018 at 11.3 0 a.m. Puhoi Hall
Honouring of Senior Descendants and musicians luncheon
There will be no charge for those aged over 80.

All ’Golden Agers’ welcome

Menu includes roast lamb, glazed ham, roast vegies and greens
Selection of 3 desserts, celebration cake and Puhoi Cheese.

Saturday 30th June 7.30 – 11.30 p.m. Community Dance

Tickets $15
Roger and the Ramjets Band.
Please bring a plate of food for supper.

11.00 am Sunday 1st July

 Mass at Puhoi Church

12.00 noon Sunday 1st July Shared Lunch Puhoi Hall

Please bring a plate of finger food.
Afternoon of music and dancing, talking and reminiscing.

R.S.V.P. 1st June 2018 (please return form General-Invitation.pdf to Historical Society)

Visit our new website: www.puhoiheritagemuseum.co.nz

Share Your Memories

And Puhoi’s historical society, in preparation for the coming Anzac Day commemorations it is organising for our community, is asking for local people to send the society stories of their ancestors who died in the wars, or, simply, just their names, to be included in the Roll of Honour to be read out that day. Contact Sheryl or Jenny at the museum on 09 4220852 or email: puhoibohemianmuseum@gmail.com 

Museum Internships Offered

The Puhoi Heritage Museum is looking for interns to help with our archiving, displaying, filing, and restoration work.
Success applicants will have a chance to participate in all aspects of the museum’s work, including interfacing with the public and assisting researchers to locate the materials and records they need.

Interns will need to be in their final year of school or be enrolled in tertiary education. Basic computer skills are needed.

We are flexible regarding the hours and the duration of the internship.

To express your interest in this opportunity please contact:

Sheryll Titford:  sherylltitford@gmail.com
Alan Wagstaff:  alanthewag@outlook.com

ANZAC Day 2018

With the recent ANZAC Day commemorations still fresh in our minds,the
PHS are inviting members of all families to compile a short story on
family member/s who served in any of the wars.
We would like to use some of these stories with approval at next years Anzac Day.
These stories will form the foundation of ANZAC records to be held by the PHS along
with other documents related documents.
These can be handed in at the PHS Records Room any day 10am to 3pm or by email
to puhoibohemianmuseum@gmail.com. Thank you to all who attended, helped,
took part and contributed in any way to this year’s special ceremony.

Sheryll Titford (Mrs)
President PHS

Little Village Project

[from Ian Anderson]

See brochure

Our village of Puhoi has a rich heritage of over 150 years of historical connection to its original Bohemian settlers. The ‘Puhoi Heritage Little Village project’, to be located in central Puhoi, takes advantage of its close proximity (30 minutes) from Auckland City with its Auckland to Puhoi motorway connection.  It will provide visitors with a unique destination to visit for a truly memorable quality heritage, historical and leisure experience for children and adults alike.

We are seeking your support to help the Puhoi Heritage Little Village project become a reality. The brochure attached explains in more detail about what is envisaged, where, when and how we are aiming to achieve this goal.  The Puhoi to Warkworth motorway is targeted to open for traffic by late 2021 and we are aiming to have the project completed before then.

I’m sure you will appreciate there is still an enormous amount of work involved to achieve these goals and your support will be so important to getting this project started.

In the brochure we have indicated with an asterisk where the initial funds we are seeking will be used to get this project started. Donation information is listed on page 11 of the brochure about how your contribution will enable you as an individual/family or as a business can become a founding member of the Puhoi Heritage Little Village.  We look forward to welcoming you as a special part of our exciting project.

Kind regards

Adrian Anderson

2016 Puhoi Heritage Project Team member


PS! If you have family, relations or business associates that have a connexion to Puhoi can you please forward the brochure to them?


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