Judith’s Puhoi Newsletter 15th May 2021

Dear residents of Puhoi and friends of our community,Please find attached below some Neighbourhood Support news, the latest Puhoi Heritage Museum newsletter and news of the passing of Brian Carley, whose daughter, Beth Houlbrooke, is well known to Puhoians for her role as former head of the Rodney Local Board and sometimes board representative on our Puhoi Communuty Forum.
R.I.P BRIAN CARLEYCARLEY, Brian Joseph. 9 December 1927 – 9 May 2021 Dearly loved husband for 67 years of Moira (nee Bowen). Devoted father to Roxanne (deceased), Clare, Gerard (deceased), Ruth and Terry Mills, Sara and Pulung, Beth and Barry Houlbrooke, and Bruce. Grandfather to eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. In lieu of flowers, donations to Family Life International NZ, BNZ 02-0248-0211768-00, would be gratefully received. A Requiem Mass will be celebrated at Holy Name Catholic Church, Alnwick Street, Warkworth, on Monday 17 May at 11.00 am. Well done thou good and faithful servant.
A very busy Beth found time to send me these brief notes on the life and career of her father, which I had requested – my appreciation, Beth – plus a further note on the role her father (and mother) have played in the northern end of our Warkworth- Puhoi Catholic Parish.LIFE AND ACHIEVEMENTS OF BRIAN CARLEY

Chartered Accountant

Father of seven children

Married to Moira for 67 years

Former resident of Epsom, Te Atatu and Hobsonville

Warkworth resident for 21 years

Past District Governor and multi-award winning member of Lions International since 1964

Knight of the Southern Cross

Trustee of multiple charitable trusts

He loved the outdoors and nature

His interests were tramping, snow skiing, boating, sailing, fishing, waterskiing, scuba diving, and reading.

Part time resident of Campbells Beach (Takatu) for 61 years
“It was during all our summer weekends and holidays that dad attended Holy Name parish until they moved here permanently,” Beth says.


Attached below is the latest issue of the Puhoi Heritage Museum’s regular monthly update, including a fascinating item on the former Schollum house removed by motorway works from its old site to the north of the State Highway 1 bridge and now beautifully restored by its new owners, also Schollums, on their Pukapuka farm.But, most heart wrenching for me was the 1872 letter from old Caspar Plescher to his son, Vincent, on the latter’s migration to New Zealand, giving news of the old friends and relatives left behind in the Bohemian homeland. This, surely, would be guaranteed to make the tears flow on its receipt.Please take especial note of the notice of the Puhoi Heritage Museum Society’s Annual General Meeting, directly below, with our gratitude to the museum society for ensuring the continuation of the history of our Bohemian ancestors.
Puhoi Heritage Museum AGM Sunday 30th May 2.00 p.m. in Museum Records Room.

And welcome to new residents  Sean McKinney and Kathryn Piper of  59 Lenzen Road – hope you are settling in well.

And , especially since the Puhoi Village Market is in recess now until  September, please keep in mind our fortnightly produce swap (no money involved) at 4pm at the band Rotunda reserve. Tomorrow, Sunday, May 16, is the next one. People bring along almost anything produced and tradeable – preserves, plant books, fruit, eggs, seedlings, indoor plants – I came away with some sugarcane plants – do you think they will survive in our climate?

And here’s a plug for our Mahurangi West neighbours and a lovely fundraising function they are organising for the end of this month to support their Te Muri crossing initiative.

Te  Muri  Crossing High  Tea  at Tu  Ngutu  Villa

30 May 2021



 Sunday 30 May 2021, 2.00pm – Sunday 30 May 2021, 5.00pmWhere

Tu Ngutu Villa, 106 Ngārewa Drive, Mahurangi, Auckland

Show mapCost

$80pp includes drinks and refreshmentsBookings



Cimino Cole


027 462 4872

Distinguished Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, inaugural chief science adviser to a New Zealand prime minister, is guest of honour.

Sir Peter will give a short talk about the challenges that New Zealanders face in democratically choosing an informed, sustainable future, and the role of the coastal trail.

Mahurangi Coastal Trail  will ultimately connect from Waiwera to Waipū, link 1000 contiguous coastal hectares of Mahurangi regional parkland and form the first, sublime, non-urban section of Te Araroa north of the metropolis.


Every blessing of health, safety and happiness to the members and friends of our Puhoi community,

Your loving neighbour,

Judith Williams

Puhoi news communicator,


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)

Judith’s Newsletter: June 16th 2020

(Dear all, as my bulk emailing system is temporarily out of action, Mike has kindly agreed to put messages on his website. Please use all your contacts to circulate the messages too.)

Dear neighbours and friends of our Puhoi community,
This recent mild Sunday, for me, marked the coming out of a long, Covid-19, sleep for our village and people.
That morning Nick from the store and I together lowered the hotel flag to half mast – Puhoi’s traditional way of marking the passing of one of our people. In the afternoon neighbours and relatives gathered at my young neighbours’ Mahi and Mikassa’s, to show our sorrow and share our love upon the death of their baby, Manuka Nucky Mains,
Born very premature, he struggled for almost five months, watched over in hospital day and night by his mother and father in a sacrifice of  love which only a parent who has lost a child can probably truly appreciate, until, last week, the struggle ended.
Farewelled by his family and relatives, by now little Manuka’s spirit will have made its own lonely journey to Cape Reinga, climbed down the roots of that pohutukawa tree from which the spirits of Maori take their leave of Aotearoa, and descend to the underworld to their traditional homeland of Hawaiki to be gathered to his ancestors. 
Meanwhile, up at the Hotel, I said farewell to our cheerful and dedicated bar-manager of several years, Michal, who is leaving to be with her family.

Possibly, tomorrow, Wednesday, the sale of the hotel to the former owners of Northridge Country Lodge at Silverdale will be concluded, and we will be able to welcome them and wish them well.
In the interim, however, former owner Gillian Seymour has given the go-ahead for the bar, (and the kitchen, of course) to be opened for June 29, the annual day on which the arrival of our Puhoi Bohemian ancestors, is commemorated.
Usually, in the afternoon, the bar fills with descendants of our Bohemian families, and much beer is drunk, Bohemian bagpipes (dudelsack) music is played, along with accordion and fiddle, not to mention many reminiscences exchanged.
These things, once mooted, tend to evolve and widen into even bigger events, maybe even including  an opening of the pub that weekend of June 27-28 as well, so it will be a matter of wait and see what happens.
In the meantime, this coming Sunday, June 21,  the Puhoi Heritage Museum Inc holds its Annual General Meeting. Here is the message:
Sunday 21st June 2020 1.30 p.m.
Museum Records Room
Please advise of your attention to attend
For more information
Ph 027 2110316, 09 4278987
And, with that meeting, the AGM ‘silly season’ in Puhoi (pardon my humour)  commences.Attachments areHi Judith,It will be followed, according to the message below, by two further events for your community calendar
Dear Judith,Hope you are keeping well. Please could you advertise these two upcoming events for the Hall in your next community email. Puhoi Centennial Hall AGM Sunday 12th July 1 pm Afternoon tea included. All welcome. Quiz Night 8th August 7 pm $10 per person BYO nibbles etc. Best Hat competition and lots of Raffles. Thank You Kind RegardsVal SmithPuhoi Centennial Hall Committee
And I think Sarah has organised something for us in July. See Puhoi Village People face book…….
The Puhoi Community Forum AGM, traditionally held at the June meeting, has been postponed until the end of July, but there will be a normal meeting this month, June 30th, at 7.30pm in the Sports Club, agenda to be circulated in advance.At the library, this same Sunday past, Helen and Sandy were busy dusting off books, windows and furniture in preparation for their official opening day this Wednesday, tomorrow.
Meanwhile, our Puhoi Fireside Book Club has prior use of the premises, back in its old home, the library, tonight, Tuesday, looking forward to a good discussion on Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Infidel.
To add to an already crowded Sunday, Phillipa Beagley organised a produce exchange on the Rotunda reserve, and it is probably an idea which should  be repeated in the weeks between monthly Puhoi Village Markets, when people are keen to source greens, nuts, seedlings and exchange citrus fruit, root vegetables and fruit trees to plant out. Great idea, Pip, but I missed the mangoes!
Apropos our monthly village market, under our new manager Jenny B (yes there are a lot of Jennys in Puhoi, but this one is a newer comer) puhoivillagemarket@gmail.com we are preparing to reopen again in September with a Spring garden special and including a bread-making competition. From all the talk and exchange of sourdough starters, plus recourse to American friends and websites, I am picking this idea will be a winner.
As part of my efforts to help the New Zealand economy in these difficult times, I plan to advertise some new business ventures by local people, as well as applaud local businesses which I feel have given  extraordinary service, such as our Puhoi Store. And for a new business I have chosen Sue Kane, of 17 Slowater Lane, who has retired from her role as a Hospice worker to create Flourish Retreat and Garden Design. Garden design and ideas, light garden maintenance and plants for purchase are available now – the Retreat will come later. Best wishes, Sue. Call her on 021 044 9419.
I will go up and take another look to see if my AC recycling bin has been emptied – despite all the instructions about collection days etc, the orange bags were uplifted from my end of Ahuroa Road on Thursday as promised, but the bins stayed full. I hope by now they have been emptied.
With arohanui, as always,Judith Williams,Puhoi news 4220181

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