Working Bee 

Saturday 13th May  (8.30am – 12pm)

Great effort so far in getting the Kōwhai / Yellow room ready for action! Its totally transformed from a month ago.   This week we are going to have a last burst -doing the last coat of paint in that space, and giving the kitchen a final clean (as we have had to use it for cleaning paint brushes!).   Other jobs we will tackle are putting together the café space tables and office desks.  We also have had some plants donated and we need two strong people (and a ute / van / or similar) to help with picking them up and bringing them to site.

If you are able to help, please let Kate know for planning.  04 4768978.

Engagement Notice

We are delighted to announce the engagement of Andrew McDouall and Vivienne Hunter!  Congratulations!  Their wedding will be held in August at St Mary’s.
We couldn’t be happier for them both.



40 Hour Famine

The World Vision 40 Challenge is going to this year from 16 to 18 June 2023. We are keen to have as many participants join this year, children and adults. We have set up an online page that you may join – see;
You may create your own fundraising page and link to the church’s main page. We have given our church a goal of $5000 – we got this. We have also been giving about 20 hard copy fundraising booklets that may be more suitable for those not yet on social media and who’d rather issue their receipts by hand. Please let Natalie know if you would like one on: some will also be left out on the table during morning tea after church. This year World Vision is focussing on raising money for clean water in Malawi as every day 11 children under 5 die from diseases related to dirty water – that is around 800 children a day who die due to lack of clean water. We look forward to creative participation and possibly doing an event on the Saturday afternoon of the challenge. We look forward to your participation. Thanks.

Planting Bee- Monaghan Reserve


Kia ora Kaitiaki, Our working bee on Sunday 21 May 2023 is at Monaghan Reserve .Join us to do some planting on this Reserve. Thanks WCC, for the plants.Also to check out how the plants we planted there are doing and weed around them so that the saplings are not strangled . This site has easy access and carparking. Due to COVID-19, if you plan to come, you must– bring own gloves– sign-in sheets for contact tracing and health and safety requirements will be completed by coordinatorDo not come if you have cough or cold symptoms. There will always be future events when we would love to see you.Details2-4pm, Sunday 21 May 2023Monaghan Reserve (near 65 Monaghan Ave)Please bring gardening gloves, a water bottle and jacket. Also a lopper, spade/shovel and rake.Hope to see you there! If you can’t make it this time, we wish you a relaxing and enjoyable weekend! Thanks for all of your support, we couldn’t do it without you.The KāKā team




While we continue to wait for building consent amendment sign off, work continues inside to get our ducks in a row for opening.  Special mention this week to Sunday Interiors (Natalie Snaddon & Kim Day) for the unstinting effort they are putting into the interior design of Te Korōria.  Last weekend they consturcted the first part of bench seating that will have tables and chairs laid out in front of it.  Built onsite in 2.5hrs  thanks to their careful prep work and help from their staff (Scott and Ryan).  The kitchen is also nearly complete now and will be a fabulous space to work from.

Setting our opening date is still dependent on WCC approving the amendments to the plan.  There has been progress on this during the week. It is being actively worked on and we expect it to be resolved early next week.  Please also pray for good weather as this will help us finish off the outside work as soon as possible.

Lastly, thank you to those who came and helped last weekend on the working bee – the Kōwhai / Yellow room is now ready to be used again (one more coat of paint to go!) and looks a million times better.  New carpet is scheduled to arrive early June for that space to finish it off.


The Collective

We are Back at it with the renowned Eine Handvoll Donuts Quiz.We kick off at 6pm with some Fish and Chips as Dinner so Don’t forget your 1$.


MindHealth Counselling Available

Please continue to promote our koha counselling with Rochelle to neighbors, friends and family. Just email

Rochelle has now seen several clients and has had lots of positive feedback.   Sarah Richards is also available, please email to book.

Counselling times are available between 8.00am – 5.00pm Fridays with Rochelle or Wednesdays with Sarah.
Contact to book a time:




On Saturday 19th May from 11am – 1pm and then Sunday 20th May after the 10.30 service, SMASH will have their storage container open to the public to look and buy any items we no longer need.
There are toys, games, fabrics and much more. For a GENEROUS KOHA any item can be yours!
The container is tucked away under the trees between the new centre car park and the exterior toilet outside the church (by the gravestones).
We hope to see you there – all funds raised will go towards planned upgrades inside Te Whare O Mere.

Job openings

SMASH is looking for dedicated staff to work in a childcare service known for its excellence! 
If you are exploring a career with children, SMASH is a great place to work. We provide afterschool and holiday care for junior school children. Our young and committed staff have been described as fun to be around and our work culture a place to be where “it doesn’t feel like you are really working.”  We are looking for part-time and casual staff and our hours work well with university students and recent graduates looking to enter the work force. Training and support throughout your time with us.
Please contact Yvette at for more information on both childcare needs and employment opportunities.

Early Childhood Education Centre


Qualified ECE or primary teacher job opportunity – Full time or part time to work in our early childhood education centre. We pay our teachers along the pay parity line to level six but this can also be negotiated for the right person. St Mary’s ECEC is a small boutique centre with a great team.

We are looking for a part-time cook for our early childhood education centre, in Karori. The hours are 8:30 – 1:30 Mon – Fri.

If you are interested or know someone who might be,  please contact  both positions due to start ASAP.


Transitioning to Parish Giving

We are very grateful for all the donations towards Te Korōria and the property fund.  Going forward, money that is being donated regularly to Te Korōria will become part of our general giving donations, unless we hear from you that you specifically want this funding ringfenced towards Te Korōria. This enables Vestry and Finance committee to plan and manage our finances as effectively as possible, balancing our financial obligations (including the loan we have for completing Te Korōria) and our ministry needs (including salaries for Youth worker, Treasurer etc ) as we seek to increase the way we serve and strengthen our local community.

If you have increased your donations over the short term to contribute to Te Korōria, we ask you to prayerfully consider keeping up this level of overall giving to Karori Anglican to enable the ministries we believe God has called us all into to continue.


Infoodle is changing to two-factor authentication (2FA)

From the 1 April, access to Infoodle on your computer will require two factor authentication.  This is a mandatory change infoodle is bringing in internationally to ensure data security (there is no work around!).
You will need to set this up to use Infoodle and you will need to have a smart phone and a computer to do this.

  1. Download the ‘Google Authenticator App’ from the app store on your phone.
  2. Logon to Infoodle on your computer and select set up your 2 -step authentication – you will be prompted to do this.
  3. Open the Google Authenticator App on your phone and scan the QR code that comes up on your computer screen
  4. Then when you log in from now on you will need to put in the 6 digit code that comes up on your phone’s authenticator app ( note this changes approx. every minute), as well as your password.

Note : you will need your smart phone and your computer every time you log in

The Infoodle App on your phone – If you use the infoodle app on your smart phone – make sure you are logged in before the 1 April.  Then you will not need to do two factor identification to access the information you can see in the app on your phone.
If you get stuck please contact the office, and we will help.  You can also email


Rosters for March to June are online and on the noticeboard

Thank you to everyone who helps at our services, from welcoming to morning tea, many hands make light work!  Our rosters until the end of June are now available through infoodle, or you can see them posted at the notice board in the gathering area.


Please note that due to the current resurgence of COVID among our community we will be offering communion by one element only (wafers) for the next few weeks.



You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything.’ Matt 5:13