The Catholic Parish of Otaki and  Levin

Faith Communities of Otaki, Levin and Kuku






Haere_mai, welcome to the website of the parish of Ss Mary and Joseph of Otaki and Levin.  Catholicism was first established in the area in the early 1840s and we are blessed to have the oldest, continuously used Catholic church in New Zealand at Pukekaraka, Otaki.

Our website is still being developed but it will become a taonga of the parish when it is replete with the history, background and initiatives of our Catholic communities.

We are a diverse and passionate community, grounded in the teachings of Jesus Christ and are committed to the lifelong growth in the faith of all.

Ours is a newly established parish and the northernmost parish of the Archdiocese on the western side of the North Island. It has borders with the Diocese of Palmerston North along the Manawatu River and with the parish of Our Lady of Kapiti to the south.

(see our news page for the latest parish bulletin)

Parish Priest

Fr David Gruschow

4 Te Rauparaha Rd Otaki

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Our Sunday Mass Timetable

St Mary's Otaki - Sunday 11am, 5pm

St Stephen's Kuku - Sunday 8am (every 1st Sunday of the month)

St Joseph's Levin - Saturday Vigil 5.30pm. Sunday 9.15am



Our Weekday Masses are at:

Otaki at 9am on TueNewssdays and Wednesdays and

Levin at 9am on Thursdays and 12.10pm on Fridays



Service of the Word with Holy Communion is held at

Otaki 9am on Mondays and Thursdays and 10am on Fridays.

Levin at 9am on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.




 Otaki - following Wednesday Mass or by appointment

Levin - following Friday Mass or by appointment


 To make a prayer request please email the parish office.  Only your intention will be published on this page and not your name or details unless otherwise asked for.

To light a candle for a prayer intention please visit

Links to other important and interesting websites can be found on the NEWS page of this, our web site.



The Parish of Otaki and Levin is grateful to David Ross of Karori for all his help in developing this website.  Thank you David.