The Catholic Parish of Otaki and  Levin

Faith Communities of Otaki, Levin and Kuku



 A painting of the Tararuas - the mountain range that is the backdrop to our Parish, from Te Horo in the south to Levin in the north.  Acknowledging Peter Healy SM - artist.



The Final Vigil Mass at Pukekaraka

30th January 2016

Celebrant Fr Phil Cody SM

In his homily Fr Phil talked of the importance of love - all goodness comes from love and love is the most powerful force.  Thank you Fr Phil - may your spirit be forever at Pukekaraka.

Below is a montage of some of those who attended the final Vigil at Pukekaraka and the cuppa and suppa afterwards.  A really happy community event that came with love from a sadness of losing the Vigil Mass. Note: it is the men who did the serving this time.  Further note: Fr Phil - serving until the end as he hands around plates of food and took charge of the vacuum cleaner at the end.




The Karanga - calling Fr David onto the Marae


The Mihi (above and below)

The original St Mary's church at Pukekaraka, Otaki.  St Mary's now the oldest continuously used Catholic Church in Aotearoa/New Zealand.  The new church which is used on Sundays and on major feast days is visible to the left of and extends behind the old church.



For more about the history of Pukekaraka click here

For a Marist Messenger article about Pukekaraka click here

A history is currently being written.  Guided tours are available - please contact Irene on (06) 3647367 to book.


 The Marae at Pukekaraka - A Marae is a sacred meeting place.  This Marae is dedicated to Hine Nui o te Ao Katoa - Mary, Great Woman of the Whole World. Woman of Light.  The symbol of the larger meeting house is an M for Mary and a  globe representing the World.  There are no special carvings or paintings on this house as Mary is our common ancestor or 'tupuna'

The smaller meeting house is called 'Roma' - it's symbol is the keys Christ gave to St Peter.


The old presbytery built in 1897

  The Wall of Reconciliation (built in 1910) with the Grotto to Mary (1st built 1901 and rebuilt 1905) above the wall.  To the left of the wall is the Millenium Cairn.  The Stations of the Cross lead you up the hill to the cemetery where there are several ancient Maori graves.  The cemetery is now used specifically for deceased priests and sisters as decreeed by the ancestors of Ngati Kapu.




The church at Levin - minus it's spire which was an earthquake risk.

Photo of Levin Parish church taken in 1981 Horowhenua Historial Society Inc






 The little church on SH1 at Kuku.




A snapshot of some of those who attended the PFG Pukekaraka 1 2015 Christmas gathering at Sandra's home. With Christianity at the centre of all we do it seems appropriate to add the baby Jesus to the centre of our celebration photo.