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Issue 13 - November 2015

Update From Chairman Denys Boshier

BoshierAs I write this Report to you, I am mindful of the classic duck sitting on the pond, with its visible parts seemingly serene, while its legs are paddling furiously beneath the surface. The PNZI Council is very much in this state at the moment.

All members of our PNZI family were deeply upset by the Toogood High Court Judgement of September 17, 2015, which judged that the Registrar of Incorporated Societies had erred in allowing PNZI and seven nominated incorporated clubs to continue the use of the word Probus in their club names. As a result, we embarked on a process of discontinuing the use of Probus as part of our naming system and began a rebranding and re-naming process, while endeavouring to retain the principles of the Probus goals of Friendship, Fellowship and Fun.
We are now pursuing a new area of enquiry which may lead to a more satisfactory outcome to the litigation procedures, so beloved of PSPL and currently being undertaken by them against PNZI and its affiliated clubs As the new approach to PSPL is only in its early stages, I cannot share the details with you; but “watch this space”.

In the meantime, the PNZI Council is continuing to work in your best interests and it is very gratifying to Council as we recognise the many letters being received which are affirming club support for the PNZI Council and the way it is responding to our challenges.
There is still the major challenge that the Council, in its current form, cannot meet our club members' needs and, as affirmed at the recent AGM, clubs or organised District Associations are going to have to help in giving administrative and technical assistance to PNZI. This can only be to the benefit of us all. There is a need for strong District Associations to act as a link between Council and the clubs, to share ideas and care for each other, helping those clubs in decline, learning from successful clubs, many of which now have waiting lists There is no question at all that clubs will lose any of their autonomy, they will gain the strength of fellowship and unity.
Look for more Council activity here.
Council itself is undergoing some changes. The foundation Treasurer, Russell Tether, has been replaced by Jim Taylor, Representative of District 10, as current Secretary/Treasurer, while Council itself for the moment, has changed its emphasis from developing a Support Centre within PNZI to anticipating other needs within our structure. As part of these developments, our website is developing into an attractive and useful site and will be open for business by the end of the month. We can all look forward to that.. PNZI is alive and well – the duck is swimming strongly.


Editors Notes

The Probus Name
You will note that, in view of the recent High Court Ruling, the word Probus has been removed from the club names where they appear in headings to articles. It is considered prudent to do so at this stage. The word has been left in the text of articles as they refer to historical events.

Following an emailed request to clubs from Councillor Lenore Townsend asking for contributions for this newsletter, she received an overwhelming response. The result is that it has not been possible to publish everyone’s contributions without making the newsletter excessively long, and for this the editor apologises.  It is hoped that the selection of articles reported here will give the reader a balanced view of the various activites of clubs and no doubt give ideas for one’s own club activities.

Strathallan Ladies Club, Timaru

The members of the Strathallan Ladies Probus Club have enjoyed a variety of interesting and entertaining speakers. A true highlight was the ANZAC Tribute to 'Nurses at War'. Using extracts from letters and diaries of three South Canterbury women who were involved in either WWI or WWII, Shirley Piddington (back row -right) researched and compiled a moving and thought-provoking presentation, which affected all members. 

strathallan copyOur President Jo Thorpe is second from right, front row.

Pahiatua Club, Wearable Art

Five members of Pahiatua Probus enjoyed their Saturday matinee of World of Wearable Arts in Wellington recently. After a short drive down to Masterton they joined with the Tranzit Tour group on their bus to the fabulous WOW show. This meant no parking hassle, as the coach dropped pahiatua copyDenise Galvin, Lorraine Nelson, Keitha Somerville and Kay Ballus off at the venue and was waiting for us outside at the end. There was time for lunch before the show at one of the many cafes along the waterfront and the weather was perfect. “You can’t beat Wellington on a good day...” Inspecting costumes from previous shows in the area outside the TSB Arena on the Wellington waterfront are pictured.

  Introducing Golden Bay Club

As a club we have been functioning for 10 yrs now, we have a very steady membership of 120 and our average meeting attendance is between 80 and 90. Because already we have many other groups ie walking, cards, music, academic studies etc, functioning in our country district, we just stick to our monthly meetings with excellent speakers from local and far afield sources. 

GoldenBayWe do however organise regular trips to various parts of our own district and further, afield covering history, industrial, scenic spots of interest.An example of one of our many trips over the years, we explored first-hand the mussel farming activities in our Golden Bay.

We were taken from Port Tarakohe on a local 20m twin-hulled aluminium mussel harvester to the spat farms in Wainui Bay which supplies 25% of the National spat supply.

After watching the spat being harvested we were taken to the main growing area 5km further out in the Bay. We saw how the spat was attached to the down lines where they would grow for 2 years before the final harvest.

The boat was designed to be able to harvest spat and mussel in an area between the two hulls which gave access to the lines without them being over the side of the boat at any stage.

It was an interesting and informative trip for Probarians about a local industry. It was a great trip.

 Green Island Ladies Club Dunedin, 25th Anniversary

On the 12th September 2015 the Green Island Ladies Probus Club celebrated our 25th birthday. To celebrate the occasion the committee organised a party morning tea for the members, with a birthday cake and all the trimmings and some pretty good entertainment from the Dunedin 60+ entertainers.

We were privileged to have five of our founding members attending the function, and at the end of the morning a lot of reminiscing had been achieved.We are still a very strong club with a total of 78 members, and consider ourselves a pretty active, fun-loving group, enjoying our meetings and monthly outings.

  Howick Club Waiheke Trip

On the 21st October the Probus Club of Howick had a day trip to the lovely island of Waiheke.  Forty two members boarded the SeaLink Ferry from Half Moon Bay on a gloomy morning on the 21st October. The sea was calm, there was no wind, and therefore the trip was very enjoyable (and cheap). We were met at Kennedy Bayby SeaLink’s own bus, and after a short journey we were dropped off at Oneroa shops for a quick stroll, cup of tea and ice cream. Then off again on a trip around the main part of the island taking in the sights and sounds of the rich and famous. We took in magnificent views of the outer gulf, Coromandel, Great Barrier and Little Barrier Islands which looked great in the sunshine.

HowickThe water shimmering in the sunlight, boats sailing along in the gentle breeze, was a sight to make you want to stay there forever. However we had to move on to Onetangi where they have horse racing on the beach every year since time began, around 120 years ago. Here the smallest oldest bach is valued at over $3 million, nice if you can afford it. Then off to the local RSA for a very modest lunch and drinks. When we caught the 3pm ferry back to Half Moon Bay, the wind started to pick up, but that did not deter us from enjoying our journey home. A great day out, enjoyed by everyone.

 Combined Fielding Club

On Wednesday 14 October, the Probus Club of Feilding celebrated their 25th Anniversary with 78 members including 9 Past Presidents and invited guests.

FieldingAbove are founding members Bill Meder and Marlene Pearce cutting the cakeThe Secretary read the minutes of the Inaugural Meeting and the first General Meeting held in October 1990 followed by Founder members reminiscing on some of the interesting speakers and visits in those earlier times.

Russell Tether, Councillor, District 9940 presented the President with a Certificate of Achievement congratulating the Club on the 25th Anniversary.

Entertainment and a finger-food lunch concluded a great morning of celebration.

 Flagstaff Club, Hamilton 10th Anniversary

Flagstaff, Hamilton, is on the Waikato River, and is one of the City’s northern suburbs. This year is the 10th anniversary of the Flagstaff Probus Club, still with a strong membership and a vibrant outlook. It has a particularly friendly meeting ethos and supports well-appreciated activities. Of particular note is the monthly Lunch Club with varied venues and sparkling good humour.

FlagstaffAbove are Past Presidents L to R: Ruth Hart, Kees de Bruin, Philippa Driver and Pauline JoblinIn May there was a Gourmet Luncheon to celebrate the Club’s 10th anniversary and it was an occasion of very happy memories and a great chance to celebrate successes. The prospects for the next 10 years are excellent and the club and its membership look forward enthusiastically to the future.  

PNZI was voted to be the preferred structure for the future and the Club looks forward to friendship and fellowship being reharmonised between all clubs in New Zealand. Flagstaff Probus has always believed in a free and easy, happy relationship with other Probus Clubs and furthermore believe these characteristics are reflected worldwide.

Alexandra and Districts Club members picked up bowls, boules and mallets


AlexandraLine it up . . Probus secretary Lenore Townsend sets her first shot with her mallet in golf croquet


This activity was part of the club’s ‘‘Have a Go Day’’ recently.  About 75 members took to the bowling green, the petanque pitch and the golf/croquet field to try out the sport and see whether they enjoyed it. 

Probus Club of Alexandra and Districts secretary Lenore Townsend said members had a chance to have a turn at two of the three sports, with an hour spent playing each.

The club had held its ordinary meeting before the ‘‘Have a Go’’ session.  It had been attended by members of the sports clubs, who stayed on to tutor the Probus club members.

Probus club treasurer Betty Perry said Bill Godsall, from Sport Otago, had been the guest speaker at the meeting. ‘‘This is the first time we’ve done something like this [have a go day] . . . we will see what the verdict is from the day to see if we hold another one.

Probus is all about fellowship and they have all thoroughly enjoyed themselves.’’  If people were interested in becoming a member of our club, they could contact Mrs Perry on 449 2210.


Photo:  Nicole Sharp

 The Fitzherbert Club visits Government House, Wellington

FitzherbertSome of the Fitzherbert Probus Club members on the steps of The Old Dominion Museum after viewing the Great War Exhibition, Wellington, 15 September 2015


The Fitzherbert Probus Club of Palmerston North enjoyed a bus trip to Wellington on 15 September to visit Government House.

On arrival we were met by two tour guides in the Visitors’ Centre, divided into two groups and shown the downstairs public areas including the first squash court to be built in NZ.

We saw the ballroom which is used for investitures, the room where Prince George played with Plunket friends, the conservatory, the dining room and other reception rooms, as well as the impressive foyer which houses the Coats of Arms for all the past Governors General.

From Government House we moved to the Dominion Museum and Pukeahu National Memorial. We were able to take our time to visit Peter Jackson’s displays and the refurbished memorial.

We were amazed at the detail on the people and the scenes in the museum and appreciated the thought and planning that went into Pukeahu. It was a great day.


October Outing Waterloo Club, visit to Parliament

WaterlooSir Donald McIntyre visits his portrait by Malcolm Day

On Friday 9 October, a group of 30 members took a trip around Parliament, including Bowen House, the Beehive and Library. There was special emphasis on historical works of art, statues and photographs, as well as an array of perspectives of Parliament grounds. It was very timely that we saw the beautiful coloured glass art of Bob Rowell, and works by Malcolm Harrison and Malcolm Day, among others. What an amazing place to visit! We were divided into two groups for the tour and were led by helpful and friendly guides.

Bowen House has 22 stories. it was the temporary home of Parliament between 1992 and 1996, and today provides office space for Members of Parliament and support staff. The Beehive is the executive wing for the Prime Minister’s and Cabinet Ministers’ offices and their staff. The Parliament Library is a working library for MP’s and staff, and has a reading room for customers.

Each of the buildings have classical selections of artworks and historic photographs, which were both stunning to view and historically significant.
Our High Tea lunch at Bellamys provided a massive selection of sandwiches, profiteroles, sausage rolls, tiramisu, meringue pies, cupcakes, scones, cream, tea, coffee and champagne, which seemed to satisfy completely all in attendance.

Omokoroa, Tauranga


Our Probus Club is located in a small community on the outskirts of Tauranga. We have approximately 90 active members in the club and we have several activity groups. Every month we have a trip some-where interesting and after we always go to lunch.

Last month a few of us visited a large bakery in Tauranga where this photo was taken. Because it was an hygienic area all jewellery was to be removed and we all had to gown up, heads covered and even gumboots. The men had to cover their beards.

We thought the photo was so hilarious we have enlarged it and will show it at our next meeting. The challenge will be to identify the individuals in the group. The person who identifies the most will receive a prize.

Hillcrest Club, Hamilton - to The Chateau



We welcomed spring with a weekend trip to the Chateau in September. 25 members travelled to National Park on the Northern Explorer scenic train, staying overnight at the Chateau and returning on the train the following day.

Perfect weather and wonderful vistas of the mountains covered in snow, after a heavy snow fall the night before we arrived, had members commenting they had now ticked another item off their Bucket List.

Torbay Combined Club’s Excursion to Butterfly Creek


The Torbay Combined Probus Club provides an outing once a month, thanks to our excellent convenors, Meg and Jack Norton. We go to a variety of places: museums, art galleries, gardens, ferry trips to Waiheke and Pine Harbour. We use our gold cards, car pooling and hired buses.

One outing that stands out this year was our trip to Rescue Helicopters at Mechanics Bay.Bruce, the paramedic, gave us an interesting talk about the helicopter and what equipment was necessary to take on an emergency call-out. Then guess what - an alarm went off and we all watched while the operation took place to get the helicopter ready to go and collect the patients. We also went next door to the Coastguards and learned what an amazing service they offer.

The excursion in October was to Butterfly Creek near Auckland Airport. We were driven down in a small bus for twenty and enjoyed seeing the beautiful butterflies flying around and landing on our heads, and brightly coloured fish in the aquarium. There were also turtles and water dragons.

Tree Town Combined Club, Cambridge, 10th Anniversary

TreeTown copyWaipa Mayor, Jim Mylchreest was guest of honour at the recent Probus 10th Birthday Celebrations. There was much reminiscing as members recalled the beginning and events over the years.

President Ann McClure honoured foundation President Thelma Hubbard with a Certificate acknowledging the part she played in 2005 in starting the club. Thelma had a plan to form a branch of Probus for retired men and women in Cambridge and placed a small ad in the local paper which attracted 30 folk to the first meeting. Many of the original attendees are still regular participants in the club. Thelma is justly proud of how the club has grown, prospered and provided a wide range of interests such as a walking group, Ten Pin Bowling, Mahjong, a Reading group and a Memoir writing group, along with other activities.

Each month members are treated to very interesting speakers covering a wide range of topics. The current members are very grateful to Thelma for having the courage and foresight to make her dream a reality.

At our recent birthday celebration meeting this August, past Probus Presidents were acknowledged and thanked for their efforts over the years. This was followed by an ensemble of very talented students from St Peters Faculty of Music.

Kumeu Combined Club, Daffodil Day

KumeuJill Waren, President


The Cancer Society Daffodil Day was celebrated at our Kumeu Combined Probus Club meeting in August. Everybody joined in the fun, all wearing something yellow, and there was a prize for the best yellow item or outfit. The hall was decorated with yellow balloons, streamers and of course daffodils, thanks to the Cancer Society.

We had a fast-moving quiz with just about everyone joining in with answers from the floor. All answers had a yellow theme of course. Our morning tea was not our usual biscuits but a sumptuous spread of yellow, big cakes, little cakes and slices, all with yellow icing.

Our guest speaker was Janice Chandler who entertained us with a wonderful variety of colourful clothing from ancient Persia and modern Iran. As she talked, Janice dressed in outfit after outfit, explaining the significance of the clothing for culture, marital status and so on.

We raised $400 on the day for the Daffodil Day Appeal.

Papatoetoe Combined Club, 32nd Birthday

Papatoetoe1Doug cutting the cake



Just a short note to let you know that the Papatoetoe Combined Probus Club held its 32nd Birthday on Thursday, 8 October 2015. There were 45 members in attendance and 4 visitors from other invited clubs.

Doug Tanner, our President, welcomed those present and cut the cake. We were entertained by the Eno Sisters and what a delightful performance that was as they brought back many old memories of yesteryear to the pleasure of all present.

30th Anniversary Celebration Belfast Redwood Combined Club

Belfast Redwood

On 10 September, 2015 the Belfast Redwood Combined Probus Club celebrated our 30th birthday with a special morning tea and musical entertainment. Our three life members, Harry and Mavis Vincent and Peter Patti shared the honour of cutting of the cake.

We were delighted with a visit from Rosemarie Shaw (Secretary NSIPA) and Pat Aitken (Area Rep. NSIPA). It was a most enjoyable special celebration

Waimakariri, Woodend & Rangiora Ladies Clubs on Pacific Cruise

Pacific cruise

Twenty three members from these clubs flew to Sydney to join the Sun Princess on a 10 day cruise to New Caledonia and Vanuatu. The first call after two days sailing was the Isle of Pines where we saw the ruins of the penal colony, beautiful beaches, tropical vegetation and clear blue water.
Next stop was Noumea with numerous local trips around the city and further afield. 

Arriving at Port Vila there was also the opportunity to take ship-organised tours or to just do your own thing. Our final stop was at the island of Mare where we were tendered ashore and taken by coach to another pristine beach.

Our group arrived back keen to go again, with a cruise around the top of Australia next September already reserved.

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