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.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you to all who attended, helped,
took part and contributed in any way to this year’s special ceremony.
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.
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?