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Issue 16 - August 2016

Update from Chairman, Graeme Pierson

GPierson 170415It is again my pleasure that I write this report for the information of all members of Fellowship NZ Inc. I would like first to welcome on to the Council, Margaret Tosland from New Plymouth as the new Councillor for District 9940 which brings us up to a full complement.

At a recent meeting Council decided to send out a request to clubs to forward to Council a suggested new name for our organisation. At the present time we are still able to use the Probus name but that could change at any time. A full explanation about what may be used and what cannot be used will be included in this message from our Secretary, Jim Taylor. We are aware that this is a matter of some urgency because PSPL may at any time change their position over this matter.

Council has received a draft Constitution from Mr Cecil Hood, a Probus member from the Nelson area and this is being studied by Council to ensure that the matters referred are what are required in such an important document. When this is done the draft Constitution will be sent out to all affiliated clubs for their comment. This is a very important step forward for our organisations.

Since my last report Councillors, including myself, have again been to various areas for meeting with the clubs therein and this has proved to be a very popular decision. I am sure members that attended went away feeling that the meetings were well worthwhile, both for the information they received and for the queries we were able to assist them with. It was a similar vein with all the meetings as to what member clubs expected from Council which was very helpful for us as well. Thanks to all members who attended the meetings. I was really appreciative of the kind and friendly manner in which we were received.

Clubs have made a good effort to pay their affiliation fees this year however there are still a number of clubs who have not yet done so. It would be really appreciated if clubs that are still in arrears could please make the effort to pay as soon as possible.

The AGM of Fellowship NZ Inc. was held in Christchurch on Friday, 26 August 2016. Further information about the meeting is on page 7 of this newsletter.

At our recent meeting Council appointed our Administrator Rosemarie Shaw to a permanent position. We consider that Rosemarie has done an excellent job in the position for which we are very grateful and has earned a permanent position.

There have been some complaints about accessing the Website and I have discussed this with the Webmaster, Erik Vermaat, who confirms that if clubs are in that position to just contact him via the Contact Us menu, as he is only too happy to assist.

My best wishes to all members.
Graeme Pierson - Chairman, FNZI

Introducing Margaret Tosland,
Councillor for
District 9940

M ToslandMargaret Tosland has been elected as
Councillor/Representative District 9940 for a period of two years from 1 April

Margaret, the daughter of a South Taranaki dairy farmer, was born and
educated in New Plymouth. On completing her schooling she trained as a nurse, married a dairy farmer, Venn Young, and together they reared 7 children.

When her husband became an MP and Minister of the Crown Margaret’s life took a different direction and she became involved in education administration and local and national community organisations.


After her children were launched into their respective careers Margaret lived in Hamilton and established one of NZ’s largest art galleries.
Exhibitions for local, national and international artists were held every month and this necessitated much travel. It also included Margaret taking New Zealand art overseas for export.

A move to Auckland saw her become the first director to develop and create a new Arts and Cultural Centre for Waitakere City, from an old six
storey hotel – “Lopdell House”. Margaret moved into real estate and established her own business. Until her retirement Margaret managed several housing developments for a large housing and development company.

Two years ago Margaret returned to New Plymouth where a son is now the MP for New Plymouth. She joined Kawaroa Combined Probus Club and is now a valued member of their committee.

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It is great to see that many of our Clubs are making good use of our website at fnzi.nzi. We also see enquiries coming in from the general public, through the Contact Us section, asking for information on Clubs in their area. This is an important promotional aspect of the website.

Sometimes Clubs ask me about their login details, while there has been a transfer of duties in the Committee or someone simply had forgotten these details. That is no problem and I am very happy to help these Clubs.
Logging on is really simple: each Club has their username which is a seven digit number that uniquely defines that Club and will never change. Then each Club committee has been given a password, which is a cryptic combination of characters for security reasons. Many Clubs do not seem aware of the fact that they can change their own password to something only they know.

Before logging on you can download the document Recover Username or Password from the Information menu in the Club Area. This gives helpful information when anyone struggles with the process. But then again, I am only an email away and always happy to help out. In the previous “Webmaster’s Corner” I have explained why we have a part of the Club Area that is protected from the public view.

Some Clubs have their own website. They can add the link to that website in the FNZI Online Directory themselves or I can do that for them. In this way anyone can find those websites in the section Where We Are. Choose the District of interest to see the list of affiliated Clubs there.

Many Clubs have send us a photo of their Club activities for the image slider on the home page, as you can see for yourself there. Clubs who haven’t done so are still welcome to send photos from which we can make a selection. This is a great way to let the world know about your Club. Click on the link in the Notices on the homepage for instructions.

For any queries I am always available by email via the ContactUsmenu as webmaster.

Stokes Valley Combined


In March 2016 we enjoyed visiting our local, Upper Hutt “Kereru Brewery”, which specialises in craft beers. The owner explained to our group the art of brewing and their interest in British and European style beers but with a New Zealand theme, using New Zealand ingredients. There was a “Pohutukawa Golden Ale” with notes of Pohutukawa honey and a “Salty seaweed Ale” using seaweed from Kaikoura among many others.
When the tour was over it was only a short distance to a restaurant “The Art of Pizza”. Here we tucked into a lunch of a selection of their pizza and salad. After lunch it was back into our cars and another short ride to a house currently being used by the local Rotary Club. It is called “The Blockhouse”. It was built in the 1800’s as part of a stockade to be used during the Maori wars. A volunteer Rotary member gave us a presentation on its history which was very interesting.

Te Mata Combined Club

The 25th anniversary lunch of this club was held at Vidal’s Restaurant, Hastings, on 25 July. Sixty six members attended including ten Founder Members.

te Mata founder members

Pakuranga Ladies

A group of members on a recent outing to the Waitakeres. There were views of Auckland from many directions. Lunch was enjoyed at a local RSA in Swanson.


Aorangi Men’s Club

Aorangi Club welcomed two new life members, (from left) John Gallagher and Chris Crisstoffels seen below with President Jamie Barry.

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Probus Club of East Hamilton

Thirty-nine of us officially vetted members of the Probus Club of East Hamilton, armed with photographic identity, made our way to Spring Hill Prison on 20 May. We were there to get some idea of how the prison operates and the opportunities it offers inmates but most felt some trepidation. The careful checking of identity and the metal detector at the entrance to the large open space surrounded by a variety of buildings added to the feeling of strangeness. But the Corrections staff, with Kevin as our main guide, were very friendly as they showed us round the immaculate grounds.

As a sample of the seven job-training activities possible, we saw the plumbing workshop being prepared for a new intake. It is a well-equipped and organised space where a Corrections officer and a Wintec tutor enable 17 prisoners to gain qualifications. We were told about the competition to get a place on the course and how motivated the students are. But we were also told of how difficult it is for people with prison records to find employers willing to take a risk by giving them jobs on their release.

A highlight was the demonstration of the prisoners’ work with mobility assistance dogs. The men selected for this task live in groups of four in houses and have the young dogs with them all the day as they train them. It was lovely to see the patience of the men as the puppies were excited by our group and some came bounding over for a spot of attention. We were filled with admiration for the way the men achieved cooperation and obedience from the dogs. There was even one that was being trained to pull a wheelchair.

Throughout our time at Spring Hill, we could hear a Kapa Haka competition taking place in the background. At the end of our visit, we were told by the prisoner director that for once, it was a Maori group not a Pacifica one which had won.

 Rangiora Ladies

Rangiora Ladies Probus celebrated their 30th year in July and it was great to see four of our Foundation members still active in the club. Our oldest Foundation member, Mary Ager, seldom misses a meeting and enjoys the fellowship offered. Graham Pierson joined us at the Papanui Working Men’s Club for lunch and afterwards presented our President Pat Smith with our 30 Year Certificate.


 Titirangi Ladies Probus

Titirangi Ladies Probus Club celebrated the Queens 90th birthday in June. A quiz was held, and four short talks were given about the various interests of the Queen. The afternoon finished with a delicious delicate ‘English’ afternoon tea.
The photograph shows the five ladies who, it was decided, most resembled the Queen!
Titirangi LadiesL-R: Raine Archer, Frances Lister (the winner), Jenny Dallow, Iris Waring, Val Aitken and Valmae Muir

Peak Probus Havelock North

One of the activities enjoyed by members of this club is knitting teddies which were sent to an orphanage in South Africa - the boxful was delivered by one of the hospital Chaplaincy assistants who was visiting. These delightful photos say it all!

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 Birkenhead Combined Probus Club

The world is ever changing and after 26 years as a men's only club enjoying tremendous support from the ladies, it voted at its July monthly meeting to include women as full financial members. So now we are called the Birkenhead Combined Probus Club.

BirkenheadCombinedIn recent times the club has enjoyed regular monthly outings to some very interesting places. Recently we had a big turnout of members and partners on a tour of the Harbourview Sculpture Trail. This was set in picturesque native bush and wetland at Harbourview Park in Te Atatu South with a backdrop of a spectacular view of Auckland City and the Waitemata Harbour. On the trail there were over 42 exciting pieces that had been created by NZ and lnternational artists, plus contributions from the local lntermediate and Secondary Schools in what was known as the "Creation Station".
After the Trail we travelled on to Henderson to enjoy a delicious lunch at the local RSA. With time to spare on our way home to Birkenhead we did a tiki tour of Hobsonville Point taking in the massive housing development going on there.

 Red Beach Ladies Probus

On Wednesday 13th July the Red Beach Ladies Probus Club celebrated their 20th Birthday anniversary. Peter Stewart attended and presented the club with a framed certificate, this was greatly appreciated by our club.

We were fortunate to have seven past presidents and four inaugural members at the morning tea. Everyone brought a plate and the birthday cake was made and iced by our president Lorraine Sanders -nobody needed lunch that day.

Following morning tea our quest speaker spoke about dysfunctional families, the trials and tribulations attached to resolving disputes, child and youth problems faced by agencies and complex issues especially with drug and alcohol in the mix.


Red Beach Ladies presidentsCutting of the cake by the presidents past
and present

  Combined Probus of Glen Eden

We continue to enjoy our Friday get togethers, whether it is for a chat over coffee in our local mall, a social meeting with refreshments and a speaker, or an outing.
Outings are far ranging in their scope : cultural input such as trips to Auckland Art Gallery and Operatunity, informative visits to the Auckland Mail Centre, Westpac Rescue helicopters and Matakana Pottery, pure entertainment at the cinema and last but not least, meals out. The following trip report is typical:-

Glen Eden combinedOur visit to the Auckland Marine Rescue Centre was quite an eye-opener. It is the headquarters for the Coastguard for the Northern Region, which covers the coastline from Raglan to Houhora in the North to Thames. This area has 25 units stationed along the coast, with two stations in the south and the north of the world’s largest natural harbour - the Kaipara harbour. Their first priority is saving lives at sea, search and rescue and being there when the public needs them. In addition they provide recreational boating courses and educate about safety and on-water training, a course for women, called suddenly in charge in case of emergencies. It is totally run by volunteers, 25,000 of them over the whole country, with only a few salaried staff. They have a fulltime 24/7 radio staff of 12 volunteers, working in 8 hour shifts, who take a year to learn their job. There is a bar-watch and follow up for boats who cross any of the bars to the harbours with some times jet skis used for quick rescues. The coastguard is restricted to doing their work within 12 nautical miles of New Zealand.

  Fiordland Probus

This year the Fiordland Club has been celebrating their 10th Anniversary and marked it with a luncheon held at the Te Anau Club where we usually meet on the first Thursday of each month.

We had 85 of our 115 members attending as well as 8 past presidents (1 had been president for 2 terms). Unfortunately the founding member Ken Wright has passed away. The cake was cut by his widow Jackie Wright who had also been a past president. Our current president unfortunately was unable to attend but the meeting was ably conducted by our Vice President Alan Paterson. Our Fiordland Probus Chorus performed songs and were well received. After the meal we had a delightful time being entertained by Mr Jason Schmidt telling his story of becoming an entertainer, singing to us and taking requests from the floor.

Fiordland Past PresidentsFront Row: Warren Brown, Glenda Chalmers, Margaret Nicol, Klaske Murrell, Jackie Wright Back Row: Brian MacCandless, Mike Parsissons, Allan Youldon (2 terms) Over the past few months we have had some great trips: A bus trip to Bill Richardson’s Transport World which included lunch in the Transport World Café prior; To the Fiordland Cinema, after a meal at a local restaurant to see the film “Florence Foster Jenkins”; Mary Poppins Operatic Show in Invercargill where 44 of our members went by bus and car, had a meal at The Saucy Chef in Invercargill and thoroughly enjoyed the show before being driven back home again. We have a smaller number going to Operatunity “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” at the Civic early September and a planned bus trip to Gore in October to see the gardens and visit Museums etc.

Our Speakers have included Andrew Ferguson the Provost at Otago University who spoke of the job they have looking after the students and how they help them sort out their ‘misdemeanours’, Lloyd Esler of Invercargill gave an interesting talk on his passion for the history of the region, Sarah Greaney from Te Anau spoke to us about her trip as a Rotary Youth World Peace Conference representative held in Turkey and Callum Bruce a previous NZ Maori team and Junior All Black rep gave us an interesting talk on his professional rugby career in Japan. He is now the owner of the Te Anau Four Square Store.

  Cargill Combined Probus

Who would have thought it? That people, mostly on the senior side of 70 years of age, would "enjoy" a visit to a crematorium and come out in one piece! What a different outing to our usual. A reasonable-sized group from Dunedin's Cargill Combined Probus Club braved a severe morning frost to turn up for an August excursion and face one of the colder, harder facts of life at the new Dukes Road Crematorium in the city's satellite town, Mosgiel.


Instituted by local funeral directors Hope and Son, the crematorium opened for business in November 2015, offering an alternative to the city council's facility at the Andersons Bay cemetery. With landscaping around the building well underway and a warm comfortable reception area for grieving families, members soon relaxed as they listened to a rundown by one of the directors.

The visit included a close-up look at the cremator itself, a high-tech efficient operation. As long as heads were engaged on the talk, rather than hearts, many members absorbed the info matter-of-factly. Curiosity also surfaced when one or two came up with some rather alarming, but relevant questions. It emerged that 80% of funerals in the wider Dunedin area were cremations. Afterwards I, for one, was glad to drive away happily anticipating the tasty meal that awaited us at a more inviting Mosgiel establishment.

  North Otago

Have you ever thought about what is involved in weaving a piece of tartan fabric? Seems straight forward enough! A main body of colour and a few threads to add its unique pattern.

At a recent meeting of our club we had a wonderful speaker who enlightened us about the complexities of weaving and creating textiles. Sue McLean and her husband Rod have developed a unique business in our North Otago town of Oamaru weaving beautiful textiles and fabrics using NZ wool. Using three Hattersley Looms, Rod produces a variety of fabrics (and patterns) which are then turned into unique garments and articles by Sue and her team.

The Hattersley Domestic Weaving System (pictured below) was designed in 1918 in Northern England and Scotland and came to NZ in 1946.
It was necessary to restore the machines and this was done in Sue and Rod’s studio. There is only one of these systems in New Zealand.
During her talk Sue unpacked her large basket to display some of the products created at the Studio: bolts and lengths of beautiful material, fine ponchos, scarves, throws, delicate coats, jackets and smaller items such as hot water bottle covers and purses.

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We thoroughly enjoyed Sue’s talk and viewing articles made in the studio and we look forward to visiting them on an up and coming outing to see the Hattersley Domestic Weaving system operating.

  Highland Park Ladies Probus

HighlandParkLadiesPopular food writer Allyson Gofton paid a second visit to Highland Park Ladies Fellowship Club in August to speak about her latest book, “Country Calendar Homestead Baking”. Extra interest for the club is that member Joan Gilchrist was the journalist who wrote the stories to go with the recipes.



Allyson signs a copy of the book for immediate Past President
and Committee member Faye Lindsay

  Outcomes from the AGM

Chairman Graeme welcomed 112 attendees representing 40 clubs from Auckland, Taranaki, Hawkes Bay, North and South Canterbury and Central and North Otago. It was great to see such representation and hear the views of individual clubs on the items discussed. Graeme also thanked the Bishopdale Ladies Club and the Committee members of the Northern South Island Probus Association for their assistance and help with the running of the meeting.
Ross Gurney was recognised for the huge contribution he has made to our organisation over many years and was presented with a painting as an acknowledgement.

Images (L to R) Attendees AGM 2016; Graeme Pierson and Ross Gurney; Council 2016 (Jim Taylor absent)

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Waimakariri Combined Probus Club

Cycle Group West Coast Visit April 2016
We have an active cycle membership as one part of our Club group activities. Bill Mossop had ridden the Wilderness Trail over on the Coast and believed parts of this ride would be suitable for our group to experience. When I put the idea to the team, their response was, “When will we do this!”

After some organisation, on our first day we drove to Kumara to begin the first ride to Greymouth. The trail took us through native bush and trees, some of which formed a canopy over the track. Our first and only puncture happened early on but this did not dampen the ride adventure. Coming around one of the many corners we discovered an impressive swing bridge spanning the Kumara Chasm. Once we reached the main road there was a short ride before crossing the single road/rail bridge over the Taramakau River. A clip-on had been installed especially for cyclists/pedestrians and was a joy to ride compared to sharing road/rail traffic. From then the trail continued by the sea through to Greymouth completing 27kms before arriving at our accommodation.

Waimakariri 1Day two started at Ross with coffee/tea to kick the beginning off on a right note. The first section of the trail was part of the old railway track, was flat with smooth riding before reaching the main road. We then back tracked on the main road towards Ross. Turning on to the road behind Lake Mahinapua we rode to a picnic spot at the back of the lake, where our support team had lunch ready. The trail cuts back down through bush beside the lake then on to Hokitika via the main road. A total distance of 37kms. That evening we visited again the same restaurant back in Greymouth.

Waimakariri 2Our last day was spent visiting a three generation family owned gold mine. A thoroughly entertaining time with our host with some panning at the mine site. Every one of our 13 riders and six support crew thoroughly enjoyed three day’s activities.

The weather on the Coast can be unpredictable but when its fine then there is very little to compare with country such as the Coast is renowned for. We were fortunate to have fine weather for the whole trip.  

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