Issue 25 - November 2018
Update from Chairman, Graeme Pierson
Nominations for Councillors were called for Districts D20 and D70 due to the rotation in place for the period 1 April 2019 – 31 March 2021 and as a result Peter McEniery was nominated for D20 and I was nominated for D70. As there were no further nominations Peter and I were then appointed to the positions. Nominations were also called for D10 which is still vacant and again no nominations were received which was very disappointing. Councillor McEniery has agreed in the interim to continue representing that District as well.
On 18 September last a meeting of representatives of Friendship NZ Inc. Clubs from the North Shore and Hibiscus Coast was held at Mairangi Bay and arranged by the President of East Bays Friendship Club Ted Brock. The intention of the meeting was to establish contact with one another, to share information and ideas and generally collaborate and network. Councillor Peter McEniery attended and addressed the meeting of members of ten clubs attending with one apology. Our thanks go to Ted Brock for his initiative in arranging this meeting with the result that it was agreed to hold three meetings each year.
The Council members have been busy over the past few months with visits to meetings throughout their Districts mainly to clubs celebrating their birthday celebrations. Friendship NZ supply Certificates to clubs celebrating birthdays starting with 15 years and then every 5 years after that when requested.
As the result of a review of the Districts, Councilor Chris Winstanley visited the two clubs in Gisborne and they have agreed to now be part of the lower North Island area.
I recently had a request for advice from a member of a club who had sought to transfer to another Friendship Club, but the request was declined by the club. As we recognize the autonomy of all clubs and there is no transfer system in Friendship NZ Inc. rules. Clubs may or may not accept new members as they choose.
Another query I received was from a club where they wanted to retain their present President for a further term although the standard club constitution states a one-year term. This was included to encourage a sharing of duties, but it is not compulsory. My understanding is that if a club want to re-elect their standing President for another term, and he/she is properly nominated, then the club can vote for whomever they wish to be their President.
I would now on behalf of Council members and myself thank all clubs for their support over the past year and wish you and your members a wonderful and friendly festive season.
2018 is almost at an end and it is more than likely that the committees of FNZI member clubs are involved with preparations to celebrate together the festive season end of year club meetings and Christmas lunches or dinners. Committee members can now look forward to a quieter and more relaxing time until the new club year begins.
It has been a privilege for me to have established good relationships with club personnel and to know that I have been able to assist with their enquiries, whether they relate to navigating the FNZI website or travel insurance enquiries. I particularly welcome the opportunity to prepare FNZI certificates on behalf of member clubs in recognition of special occasions and deserving members.
A big thank you to those clubs which continue to send me a copy of their newsletter – I find these of great interest and they provide me with an insight into the activities of clubs and their members. The wide variety of guest speakers and outings enjoyed by clubs throughout New Zealand is incredible.
A highlight of the year for me was meeting, at the AGM held in Christchurch in late August, members of the FNZI Council. Phone and email contacts are great, but it is so much nicer to have now met Councillors in person! Meeting representatives of clubs from other Districts was a special pleasure also.
This is the final issue of Highlights for the year and on behalf of Margaret and Erik, the FNZI Website Administrator and Webmaster respectively, I wish you and your families a very happy, joyous and safe Christmas and throughout 2019.
On 26 April 2018 the Amberley Friendship club held an interesting outing to Terra Viva Garden centre, with morning tea and purchases; followed by a bus tour of the inner city and lunch at The Bicycle Thief at TaiTapu. Pictured here is the venue along with the happy diners.
The Aorangi Men’s Friendship Club went to Oamaru for their monthly day trip in October.
Time was spent in the morning walking around the historic precinct followed by a nice lunch at the Star & Garter.
In the afternoon they visited Rod Tempero’s extremely interesting replica classic car factory. Here (on left) members Graham Taylor, Geoff Chapman, Ron Wilson and Paul Clark are studying the birth of a replica Ferrari classic car.
The refreshment stop near Waimate where members Graham Taylor and Ron Wilson were very excited in finding a lost relative coming out of the bush (above right).
| Whangaparaoa Combined
At the meeting of Whangaparaoa Combined Friendship Club in October a special welcome was made to Peter McEniery Friendship New Zealand Inc. Councillor for Districts 10 and 20. Peter attended the meeting to make a presentation to Jim Taylor who was a foundation Councillor the Secretary for FNZI for three years.
Peter paid many compliments to Jim and read a letter from FNZI Chairman Graeme Pierson who said how much he and the Council appreciated all the work that Jim had done during his time with the Council. Peter presented Jim with a framed Certificate and a gift (at right).
In response a very surprised Jim said that he enjoyed his time on the Council especially the friendships formed with some of the other Councillors and in particular the friendly association with many club officers.
The Marlborough Foodbank is operated by the manager, Wynnie Wu Cosgrove, assisted by many excellent volunteers.
The volunteers sort out donated food, clearing food they cannot use because of use by date or tins that are damaged, and put it onto the shelves ready to distribute.
People who want to use the services of the Foodbank are required to go through organizations like Salvation Army, Age Concern and the many other charities that people request assistance from.
These organisations assess individual needs and a completed form is then sent to the Foodbank. All contact is through these support organisations as individuals cannot deal directly with the Foodbank.
Volunteers then make up a parcel according to the family’s needs and this is sent back to the charity for distribution. Around 1500 parcels are distributed each year.
Foodbank have a donated van which is used to collect surplus food and assist with the distribution of food parcels. They rely on donations to replenish food supplies plus donations of cash to cover running costs.
A mannequin parade was held 10 September at the Merrilands Hall in Mangorei Road, New Plymouth. It was well attended and enjoyed by those members present. The clothes were supplied by Black Pepper who have a store in Centre Court, New Plymouth.
This is the 3rd year this event has been held and it is always popular and well organised by staff member Cathy Carr.
The models L-R are:
A recent guest speaker was Christine Lloyd, who was once a dental therapist in NZ schools (now retired).
Christine told members about the volunteer dental technician work that she did for eight weeks in West Africa last year on the Mercy Ship which is a hospital ship and is crewed by volunteers. It sails around the world to the poorest countries. The ship houses 400 people to run the services and spends up to 10 months in each port. The hospital wards on board allow for a maximum patient capacity.
There are also three operating theatres equipped to do all types of surgery which covers cases including orthopaedic issues and facial goitres and tumours. There is a wide range of medical treatments catered for, including children suffering from burns caused by cooking in large pots over open fires. Also, there are dental clinics set up in various villages and often there are 500 people lined up at the door when the ship staff arrive, some are happy to queue all day just to get a toothbrush and toothpaste. Many of the children are frightened by white faces so there are translators available to help them engage with the dentists and nurses.
Fourteen ladies from the Mornington-Roslyn Ladies club visited the propagation houses at the Dunedin Botanical gardens on 24 September.
The propagation houses were built around four years ago and consist of five different houses featuring cuttings, tropical, cacti and succulent houses. They are heated mainly with a wood pallet furnace and rain water is collected for watering systems.
After the visit they enjoyed lunch at the Croc-o-dile cafe in the Botanical gardens.
On a bright crisp day in June, a group of 24 club members drove to the car park at the start of the Heaphy Track.
After walking for 10 minutes through a sun dappled bush track the 20 bed Brown Hut was reached. Outside the hut, in brilliant sunshine, members settled down on the seats they had carried in, to eat a picnic lunch.
Whilst eating lunch, John Croxford, who had been a guide on the Heaphy Track for a number of years, entertained everyone with the history of the area, and many tales of the incidents that happened on trips.
After the most informative talk, several members walked the beginning of the track. Over the bridge and through the bush until one of the original triangular wooden markers was found. This had been placed by the first surveyors of the track. John also pointed out several different plants and trees.
Some of the group had tramped this lovely track many years before, but did not know the history, so a very big thank you to John for a most interesting talk, and a great day out.
The members of the Plains Ladies club enjoyed a bus trip to Christchurch on 3 October where they visited Love Light Soy Candles to learn how their candles are made and where several members made purchases. Lunch followed at the Papanui Club.
The afternoon saw them visiting the Botanic Gardens with a tour in the ‘caterpillar’ with a commentary on the plants and trees in the gardens.
They then visited the Jenny Gillies display which is part of the tearooms.
Prior to heading back to Ashburton, they were shown some of the redevelopment projects in the city.
Several months ago, Jim Geddes, the Arts and Heritage curator, spoke to club members about an exciting plan to turn the now disused Presbyterian Church in East Gore into a world class Arts Centre, with accommodation for resident artists and a large studio for multi discipline activities.
The plan was divided into four stages, Stage 1 was to buy the building, done.
Stage 2 was the development of the artist accommodation, done.
Stage 3 the development of the studio which is 90% done.
On completion of Stage 3, the final phase step, Stage 4 will be undertaken which is the complete renovation of the southern aspect, the weather side.
Heritage architects and structural engineers have completed a full restoration plan for Stage 4.
Mr Geddes said, "It is so exciting, the whole project was reliant on donated funding as the Council did not own the buildings, it had been bought by the Eastern Southland Gallery Committee".
A couple of weeks later, an article appeared in the local paper (The Ensign) where a neighbour of the Arts centre complained that he had looked out at the back of the old and dilapidated church for about 10 years, and was not impressed as the front had been done and looked good however the rear southern side had cladding missing and was an eyesore.
Bolstered by the newspaper article, it was proposed to the membership that a donation be made to the East Gore Arts Centre to the value of $1,000, to be put toward the renovation fund. Agreement was determined by a show of hands and the Club Treasurer presented Mr Geddes the cheque the very next morning, which he accepted with gratitude.
The Hokonui Focus Club of Gore and Districts meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 10am for a Cuppa and a biscuit, meet old friends and make new ones, also enjoy a variety of speakers.
On 10 October club members visited The Westpac Helicopter Trust Base and the Coastguard.
The Auckland Rescue Helicopter team is made up of a dedicated group of Operational and Support staff. While they have their own individual departments, they work well together to provide a world-class air rescue service for the communities of Greater Auckland, its outer islands, and the Coromandel Peninsula.
Coastguard Auckland has 204 Volunteers who have worked 17,025 volunteer hours; three Rescue Vehicles and have brought 1,210 people home safely. Auckland Coastguard Incorporated has a heritage that dates back to 1935. It is the longest serving unit in Coastguard Northern Region as well as the largest unit in the country, with more than 170 volunteers dedicated to providing the boating public of Auckland with a swift and reliable search and rescue service.
Both the Helicopter Trust and the Coastguard rely on donations from the public and anything assistance given is greatly appreciated. The club has donated to each of these organisations. After these visits, members travelled to the Howick RSA for a delicious carvery lunch organised by Ron Hulse.
In early November, members of the Friendship Club of Johnsonville escaped the inclement Wellington weather and headed off on their annual bus excursion, this time to Foxton. The trip was sponsored by Pub Charity.
After a stop at Te Horo for an exotic morning tea in a garden setting at Ruth Pretty’s establishment, the members travelled to and enjoyed looking around Foxton.
Their new museum that includes exhibitions on local Maori and Dutch settlers from the late 1800 was a highlight as was, of course, Foxton’s famous windmill shown here with members Peter Hunter and Pauline Leahy.
A few also visited the museum associated with the now-disused flax mill. A long lunch at a beach side eatery completed the programme.
Acknowledgement - Thanks to Patrick Flanagan who was the photographer.
At the August meeting two tutors from SeniorNet give members an interesting and informative talk on their organisation. It was so well received by members the meeting ran over by 30 minutes.
Chris Winstanley, the District Councillor for FNZI, told the club about Friendship Clubs and gave the club many ideas to help them get new members.
A second visit behind the scenes at Te Papa also took place and members were again enthralled by the exhibits.
On 8 August the Kawerau Club hosted the annual Eastern Bay of Plenty Probus Clubs Trivial Pursuit Challenge at the Kawerau Life Konnect Centre.
A delicious afternoon tea catered by Life Konnect and Probus Ladies finished a great day. Many visitors gave them enthusiastic feedback saying they enjoyed all aspects of the event.
The Mt Roskill "Men of Music" have developed a special Christmas programme with plenty of humour which is being used to entertain rest homes and hospitals in the Auckland area.
They also have a programme for Friendship Clubs which can be tailored to suit the time available and as one Friendship club said recently “we had them last year and we want them back again for this year for our Christmas entertainment.”
New Plymouth Kawaroa Combined
On 10 October 2018, 27 members of this club travelled in two mini vans spending the day visiting various attractions in Central and Northern Taranaki. The itinerary included:
1. Tatum Museum to see a great selection of farm equipment, aircraft, household utensils and other items of interest. Morning tea was served after the Museum tour.
A most enjoyable day.
Two or three months ago Secretary, Bryan McKenzie, suggested to the Tauranga Vision Committee that they collect some non-perishable food and give it to the Tauranga Community Foodbank for their Christmas Appeal.
Recently the Foodbank was given the food that has been donated at the last two meetings. Secretary Bryan brought four large cartons in the back of his car which were loaded on a trolley and taken inside the Foodbank.
New Plymouth Men’s
Twenty-three members of New Plymouth Men’s Friendship Club visited the new state-of-the-art Ravensdown Fertiliser Blending Plant and Distribution Centre, which opened in New Plymouth on 5 March 2018. It represents one of Ravensdown’s largest ever capital projects in New Zealand. The design is based on a similar plant in Christchurch.
Situated on a 7.5ha site, the $30M store and blending plant is not only a commitment to Taranaki and surrounding regions but will change the way some farmers receive and use fertiliser with economic and environmental benefits throughout the supply chain.
Farmers will be able to order custom blends of fertilisers tailored from their soil test results. Using these precise blends in conjunction with precision spreading technology and a digital mapping system, it will enable smarter farming.
Over 100,000 tonnes of mineral fertilisers are imported through Port Taranaki each year, blended and supplying product to approximately 4,300 farms throughout Taranaki and surrounding districts.
Red Beach Combined
Nearly 40 members enjoyed a great day out last Thursday. There was an initial stop at the Honey Centre for honey tasting and morning coffee with delicious freshly baked muffins or scones.
After a scenic drive through spring-green countryside they arrived at the Sculptureum in bright sunshine. This immaculately presented private estate and art collection was greatly appreciated by all. It offered uplifting inscriptions, sculptures, quirky art installations, amazing glass work and beautifully landscaped grounds enhanced by many colourful spring blossoms. Just one glass artwork alone was said to be worth $250,000.
After the Sculptureum tour there was a stop at Warkworth for lunch, some shopping and a riverside walk for those needing more exercise. Finally, just to keep everyone on their toes, a quiz whilst travelling back down the motorway.
On 20 August 2018, the Titirangi Ladies’ Friendship Club celebrated their 30-year anniversary with a luncheon at the Waipuna Lodge, Panmure. A lovely buffet lunch was enjoyed by everyone, including Peter McEniery who joined them for the occasion and presented a certificate for the anniversary. A birthday gateau was cut by two long-standing members, Valmay Paddy and Kathleen Hay (at right).
Originally known as Titirangi Ladies’ Probus Club which was affiliated to Probus South Pacific, but when Probus NZ was established they voted to join them and from there, chose to join with Friendship NZ Incorporated (FNZI) hence the name changed to Titirangi Ladies’ Friendship Club.
The first meeting was held on the 18 July 1988 with 28 ladies in attendance together with two members from Mt Albert Rotary Club who encouraged and sponsored the application to join Probus NZ which happened on the 20 August 1988.
Over the years since then, many women have enjoyed the fellowship of the club and committee with the present membership standing at 53. Monthly meetings are popular with a variety of speakers and interesting outings. In attempting to bring variety to their meetings, the club have an ‘in-house’ meeting once or twice a year, where members bring items to talk about or games to play.
Earlier this year they met at Pinesong Village in Green Bay, where members were challenged to make a formal dress and hat to wear to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding – this was done with just newspaper, scissors and tape. Great fun and lots of laughs were had by all. Another interesting outing was to the Howick Historic Village in Auckland which happened to coincide with a TV advertisement being recorded, so members witnessed some interesting costumes and olde-world scenes.
Committee members are continually striving to bring new experiences and ideas to other members for their enjoyment and the club thank them sincerely for this.
This Club has enjoyed an interesting and varied four months of activity.
Topics of speakers at General Meetings have been on -
During the summer, President Ralph Harrison of the Friendship Club of Andersons Bay guides cruise ship visitors to Dunedin around the highlights of the city.
For the Club’s November outing, Ralph took 21 members and guests on a tour of Dunedin by bus, showing us many of the attractions he shows tourists from the cruise ships when he takes them around. It was most interesting to look at our own city through the eyes of visitors, seeing things that the locals seldom bother to visit.
The photo above shows club members at the Signal Hill lookout, with Dunedin city and harbour in the background and President Ralph fourth from the left.
A good number of members set off from Ben Cooper Park on 14 November meeting up with another group at Wakefield. They then drove over the Spooner’s Range and on to the Korere turn off, passing farmland with mostly sheep, along this section of the ride.
The first stop was at Tophouse historic homestead where they enjoyed morning tea on the expansive front lawn. The man of the house regaled members with the dark history of the homestead, including the two murders which took place, and the self-inflicted demise of the perpetrator; all over the unrequited love of a young lady. The shotgun pellet holes are still visible under the eaves of the home where the murderer sat down on a seat and ended his own life.
From here it was on towards Blenheim along the Wairau River valley. The surrounding countryside slowly changed from rugged bush and mountain range to wider, cultivated farmland, and signs of civilization with established farms and vineyards with windmills to ward off frost.
Their next stop was onto a small side road which led to Jeymar, the Soap and Body shop. This was in the grounds of a homestead where such a tiny building was used as the retail outlet, only small groups could take turns in viewing/purchasing.
Back on the bus, it was not too long before they reached the lunch venue, Clubs of Marlborough, in Blenheim. This was a great imposing new building, with conference facilities at one end, and the club at the other end. Most of the group had the main meals at reasonable cost although there was a small café which sold cabinet items.
There were a few problems with a faulty air conditioning unit in the bus so while they had lunch, the bus driver drove all the way back to Havelock to change buses. With a little time to fill, members took the opportunity to browse through the local shops.
The last stop was at Pelorous Bridge before they headed for home over the recently widened roads of the Rai Saddle.
This year’s annual outing for members set them off on a trip - the destination being Waikino.
They set off from Rotorua blessed with a warm, bright, sunny day outbound via Ngongotaha past Tauranga and Te Puna where they enjoyed morning tea by the river;
From there on to the town of Waihi via Kati Kati to the Railway Station embarking on the 1145am to Waikino Station half an hour away. This train journey was spectacular with the weather and scenery just perfect. Many sat outside in the open carriage totally relaxed and on this day with not a care in the world.
From Waikino Station the coach transported them to the newly refurbished Waikino Bar and Restaurant where members enjoyed an excellent meal and facilities.
The journey home was via Matamata and their last stop was to buy asparagus from Front Paddock Farm.
Christmas luncheon this year was held on 14 November at the Sudima Hotel. Members were welcomed to festively decorated restaurant and tables with balloons, crackers and whistles etc. The festive menu was enjoyed and appreciated by all and punctuated with much laughter and chatter.
The photographer took a photo of their newly awarded Life Members for 2018:
Grateful thanks go to Mary Barton for her time and diligence organising the clubs’ local visits and outings during 2018.
Thanks to the club photographer Barbara Mitchell for photos. Gratitude to Shirley Whyte for all refreshments throughout the year and to Town and Country Touring, Rotorua for looking after members safely again this year.
The Waimea club has had a very busy and varied year. There have been enjoyable outings around the district from Kohatu to Kina Peninsula.
They have explored the new Velodrome at Saxton Fields and tested the athletic track (seen here). Rabbit Island has suffered because of storm damage but is still a great walk on its long straight beach. A new walk was to Kina Peninsula which has great facilities for swimming, fishing and boating.
A feature this year in the club has been the interesting mini talks given by members. Such talented people. This is a great way to extend friendship and get to know new members over a cuppa afterwards.
Graeme Pierson visited the club last month and answered all questions frankly. Having lunch after the meeting it was great to meet the man who is our Chairman. Their 23rd Birthday will be celebrated in November and they have a great party planned.
The Mornington Men’s Club, of Dunedin reports that they are in good heart, meeting to hear speakers each month with monthly visits to various interesting sites followed by lunch together.
Club members have been lucky to have a fine range of speakers available to them. Many of these have come through referrals from another group and the club is grateful for that. They enjoy excellent meeting rooms in the Mornington Bowling Club, a real asset to have.
Like most clubs they sometimes struggle when officers are needed. No one is getting any younger and many feel, quite rightly, they have done their bit in the past. It would be great to see a constant flow of new faces joining but this is a rarity these days and a challenge for most clubs.
However, for all that, they continue to enjoy meeting and retaining friendships - long may that continue. The committee is eternally grateful for the efforts of those members who fill various roles, willingly and efficiently.
The Dunstan Friendship Club based in Alexandra has had a busy time travelling lately. The first trip was in September when 40 members spent a day travelling by bus to Christchurch and after an overnight stay wiped one off the bucket list by catching the Tranz Alpine train to Greymouth and back. Luck was on their side as the sun shone all day and the mountains were snow covered providing superb views. Members pictured below are having a short break at Arthur’s Pass.
October saw a group of 20 members meet up with 30 others from Auckland and Dunedin to spend five days in Wellington. Fifty older folk had an amazing time taking in WOW, Weta Workshops, Te Papa and the National Museum plus one whole day to the Wairarapa where we picked up a local guide and enjoyed wine tasting and lunch on the east coast at Lakeside Cafe.
Thanks must go to the organisers and bus driver who were all full of fun but what happened on the bus stays on the bus!! WOW took another off the bucket list!
November had a car-pooling trip to Oturehua for a working demo of Hayes Engineering and tour of the original Hayes homestead which is owned by the NZ Historic Places Trust. This was followed by a visit in the afternoon to the National Institute of Atmospheric Research based in Lauder. The temperatures that day were around freezing with snow and heavy rain so no fashion footwear. It was gum boots for all and Hannah's Cafe must be thanked for the hot soup and chilli mince pies in particular!!
Twenty-eight members of the Temuka Ladies club enjoyed a bus trip to the Fairlie area on 16 October.
On arrival at Fairlie they were hosted by the Combined Club of Fairlie at a local church hall where the members of that club provided a Devonshire tea.
A tour of the Fairlie Heritage Museum brought many reminders of days gone by. Items used around the house by their mothers and grandmothers, early transport and many other interesting things. The building was originally a blacksmiths shop and munitions manufacturer owned by Joseph Binnie. The adjoining cottage where he lived was gifted to the community by his daughter Margaret Binnie on her death.
Lunch was enjoyed at the Farm Barn Café overlooking Fairlie with a wonderful view over the plains and Fairlie. The day was completed with a drive around Lake Opuha and the dam.
Twenty members went off on the bus on 24 October with the first stop being the Ironique Cafe in Te Aroha for morning tea. They then headed off to Historic Creations where they saw some wonderful works of art made from an amazing collection of disused iron pieces. The proprietor explained some of the works and reasons for the collection.
Lunch was enjoyed at the Glory Company in Ngatea where the food was delicious and very reasonably priced.
The water gardens were the next stop. The walk through these was most enjoyable and entertaining. The peacock performed for the group and growled at will. The ducks followed along hoping for tasty morsels. There were many entertaining notices throughout the walk which kept members amused.