Schollum Family Descendents Gathering

Gathering of SCHOLLUM family descendants for a Social Function to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the
wedding of John and Elizabeth SCHOLLUM who, on the journey out from Bohemia, were married in Hamburg
on the 5th March 1863. Contact for further information.

The Fireside Book Group

library-mediumThe ‘fireside’ bookgroup was originally started as a way of helping us cope with the dim winter months by gathering around the fire in the little Puhoi Library to discuss a book.

On both counts it has rather exceeded its mandate – it now runs all year round (invalidating the ‘fireside’ epithet) and the conversation rarely stays on the book concerned. Digressing into history, psychology, politics,  village events and colourful local gossip has become something of a speciality. There’s always a warm welcome, some delicious nibbles and a few bottles of wine bought along to lubricate the intellects.

So come along and join us – not having read the book is certainly not a barrier to entry (indeed I’m pretty sure some members haven’t read the proscribed one yet;-)

We meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm (as so many groups seem to have snatched the first and last Tuesdays). Just come along and see or use the contact form below for more information.

2019 Picks
Month Proposer Title Author
January Diane Newcombe The Fallen David Baldacci
February Jenny Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Gail Honeyman
Mar Val The Best of Times Penny Vincenzi
Apr Brian Plumb Maurice Gee
May Cat Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
June Sandra Bulibasha Witi Ihimira
Jul Jackie A Little Life Hanya Yanagihara
Aug Chris The Road Cormac McCarthy
Sep Steve The Fox Boy Peter Walker
Oct Kate A Surfeit of Lampreys Ngaio Marsh
Nov Judith Story of A New Zealand River Jane Mander
Dec Mike Tenth of December: Stories George Saunders


Jan 2020 Gabrielle TBD  
Feb 2020 Diane Newcombe TBD  
Mar 2020 Annie Where the crawdads sing Delia Owen.

As we had more than 12 at our selection ceremony, we’ve already allocated the first 3 months of 2020:

2020 Picks
Month Proposer Title Author
January Mike    
February Judith Story of a New Zealand River Jane Mander
Mar Kate A Surfeit of Lampreys Ngio Marsh

Previous years…

2018 picks
Month Proposer Title Author
January Kate London Fields Martin Amis
February Pat Alias Grace Margaret Atwood
Mar Jackie Season of the Jew Maurice Shadbolt
Apr Derek B The Children Act Ian McEwan
May Sandra The History of Bees Maja Lund
June Judith Old Filfth Jane Gardam
Jul (swapped from June) Annie The Mountain Drusilla Modjeska
Aug Gabrielle Being Mortal Atul Gawande
Sep Ngaire Best Laid Plans Kathy Lette
Oct Jenny Joy Luck Club Amy Tan
Nov Mike Post-truth: why we have reached peak bullshit and what we can do about it Ewan Davis
Dec Val Daughters-in-Law Joanna Trollope
Jan 2019 Diane Newcombe TBD
2017 picks
Month Chooser Book
Jan Val The Lost Child of Philomena Lee – Martin Sixsmith
Feb Pat Miss Garnet’s Angel- Salley Vickers
March Derek High Society – Ben Elton
April Mike Sun Storm – Åsa Larsonn
May Annie The Winter Rose –  Jennifer Donnelly.
June Kate The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan
July Jenny Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Aug Gabrielle tbd
Sep Judith Winter In Madrid – C.J.Sansom
Oct Sandra All The Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
Nov Diane tbd

Puhoi Community Forum

The Puhoi Community Forum was established in 2005 as an Incorporated Society (see Puhoi – PCF – constitution (revised, July 2012) [PDF]) to help integrate community endeavours by representing Puhoi in wider arenas, giving a collective voice to existing groups, integrating and initiating community endeavours, and instigating and supporting worthy plans.

It does not preclude other initiatives by groups or individuals in Puhoi. It is represented by an elected committee. In recent years, the Forum collaborated with the Rodney District Council to establish the Puhoi Structure Plan which was formally adopted by the RDC in September 2010.

The Forum also formulated the Puhoi Historic Village Concept Traffic Management Plan in May 2011 to serve as a guideline for developing its traffic and transportation structure. Between 2011 and 2013 the Forum actively supported the establishment of a local link with the proposed Puhoi to Wellsford motorway extension.

In 2013 the Forum formally reassumed responsibility for managing the grazing lease in the Puhoi Pioneers Memorial Park, and is actively involved in developing the Park as a prized public amenity for use by locals and visitors.

Forum meetings are held monthly; members of the public are invited to attend and contribute to the discussion of community affairs. The Forum is currently Co-chaired by Paul Manton and Dustyn O’Leary . Reports of Forum activities are circulated to its committee members, to Puhoi residents on a local Email circulation list, and are posted here.

Puhoi Centennial Hall Committee


In 2010 we held a fancy dress party with the theme of the letter ‘P’. The whole village rose to the creative challenge with some spectacular results

Despite the rather unpromising sounding name, this group do a lot more than just look after the splendid Puhoi Centennial Hall (click for bookings). To raise funds to keep the place going, and quite often just for the fun of it, the committee organize events for the village. This includes various concerts, quizzes, garage sales, games days. Obviously this takes a fair bit of work but we promise not to commit you to endless boring meetings and we’ll be interested in any new ideas you have. The Hall makes an excellent venue for all sorts of things.

The committee meets once a month to plan its upcoming activities

Give Maria Williams on 0212362248 or send a message via the contact form.


There is a lot more to Puhoi than just a quaint village for tourists. If you talk to one of the locals you’ll hear that its the best place to live in the country. It combines the friendliness of a rural town with the get-up-and-go of being not far from (but not too near) Auckland.

If you’ve recently moved to the area, or just feel like making a contribution, there are loads of local groups that would love to have you come along.

The people of Puhoi are what make it an extraordinary place to live – come and meet us!

Puhoi Pub


Great food, great beer, great place

The Puhoi pub is one of the last historical pubs left in the Southern hemisphere. The interiors filled with the remnants of past and present memorabilia is enough to fill one with a sense of nostalgia.

Enjoy a glass of your favourite tipple, choose from the excellent bistro menu with daily specials, relax in the historic surroundings and take in the atmosphere.

For more information:
contact the pub on 09 422 0812 or
send a message using the contact form.

Puhoi River Canoe Hire

puhoi-river-kayaking_270Come along and enjoy a fantastic adventure with your family, friends or group…

Paddle down the Puhoi river through native bush, farmland and down into the mangrove forest to the Wenderholm Park. Along the way herons, pukekos, kingfishers flit in and out of the trees and you may be lucky to hear the raucous laughter of the kookaburras.

Puhoi River Canoe Adventures

Full River Kayaking Adventure

Paddle 8 kilometers (2 hours) from the Puhoi Historic Village to the Wenderholm Regional Park. Explore this meandering tidal historic waterway at your pace. Puhoi River Canoe Hire provides excellent instruction, top quality equipment and a courtesy shuttle return. Bookings essential.

Puhoi Village 1 hour Float

Enjoy a serene float exploring the Puhoi Village waterway. Excellent fun for the littlies or as an introduction for newbees to the fun of kayaking.

Wenderholm Park 1 hour Hire

Make the most of the summertime and enjoy a 1 hour kayak hire to explore the gorgeous Wenderholm Estuary. Open summertime only. Check their website for full details.


Get your family, friends or workmates together for an excellent outdoor adventure.

The Full River Kayaking Adventure is fantastic fun for the whole team, they have kayaks or canoes for all ages and fitness levels and can cater up to 60 adults. Combine your kayaking adventure with a BBQ or picnic at Wenderholm Park or a visit to the famous Puhoi Pub for an awesome team day out. Bookings is essential. Enquire about our sit-on kayak trailer unit also available for hire for a team beach day out.

Book your adventure now.

Puhoi River Kayak Trips operate daily between 1 September and 30 June (except Christmas Day)

Full Puhoi River Adventure Rates

Single Kayak $50
Double Kayak $100
Canadian Canoe $100

For more information:




Handcrafted, flameworked glass beads and jewellery


Based on in the ancient European tradition of lampworking, Inge Chappell makes contemporary flameworked glass beads and jewellery from her home studio in Puhoi.


Inge has a background in marketing communications but her interest in jewellery created a desire for her to learn glass bead making in 2009 from some of the greatest names in the industry.


Since then, Inge has exhibited her glass work throughout New Zealand and has sold work to international tourists, visiting dignitaries and royals as well as her supportive customers who she says “soon become addicted” and keep buying her jewellery again and again.


Inge says of her work “Flameworking is an exciting and alluring art form which has endless possibilities for expression with colour, form and decoration”.

Opening hours

The Kleurglass studio and showroom is open by appointment and glass demonstrations can also be arranged.

For more information:

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