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November 2019 Newsletter

As this is the final Newsletter for the year, your Committee wish you a very Happy Christmas, the enjoyment of sharing time with family and friends and the best of health for the year ahead.


This year's Christmas luncheon will again be held at the Remuera Club, 27/33 Ohinerau Street, Remuera on Wednesday 4 December 2019. Seating is limited to 200 first come-first served, so if you intend to come you should get your application in as soon as possible. With the club subsidy, the cost will be $35.00 per person. The doors will open and a cash bar will be operating from 11.00am, so do take this opportunity to mix and mingle with your former colleagues. The Buffet Lunch will be available from approximately 12.15 pm with the guest speaker at 1.30 pm, followed by desserts/tea/coffee and the customary generous door prizes, half of which will be drawn at approximately 12.00pm with the remainder from approximately 2.00pm.

  • Date: Wednesday 4 December 2019

  • Time: Meet at 11.30 for 12.30 lunch

  • There is ample parking at this venue

  • Cost: $35.00 per person

  • Bookings: Book online from our website (or mail a booking form included in the print version of the newsletter below)

We are extremely fortunate this year to welcome Bronwyn Groot as our guest speaker. Bronwyn is the Fraud Education Manager at the Commission For Financial Capability (CFFC). If you are ever in the unfortunate position of being caught out in a fraud or a scam, Bronwyn Groot is the person you want batting in your corner. She‘s a subject matter expert on frauds and scams – with multiple awards to back it up including NZ’s first Anti-Fraud Award.

Bronwyn has 20+ years in the banking industry, including seven working in Financial Crime & Security. She has lots of great stories!

Door Prizes - This Year there are 15 prizes to be drawn at our Christmas lunch:

  • 1st prize is 2 tickets to any Air NZ short-haul Australia destination plus $300 spending.

  • 2nd prize is 2 tickets to any Air NZ domestic destination plus $300 spending.

  • 3rd prize is a $300 cheque.

  • Each of the 4th to 15th prizes is a bottle of wine.

The air travel prizes have been generously donated by Air NZ & your Club has contributed the cash prizes & bottles of wine.

Please note that members who are in arrears with their subscriptions are not entitled to attend any subsidised functions, so please ensure that your subscriptions are up to date. (see below)

If you wish to attend, please register online on our website or fill in an application form (download the print version at the end of this newsletter) or use the Bank Direct Credit facility.

NOTE: " If you are in arrears with your subs and wish to attend the Christmas lunch please add your overdue subscription payment to your Christmas lunch payment by Bank Direct Credit facility or by mail to the Treasurer "

Reminder: If you are coming to the Christmas Lunch, have you got your club name badge yet? See purchase details on our website.

REPORT on our "Welcome to Spring" lunch at the North Shore Golf Club

44 of our members and friends found their way to Albany and took advantage of the opportunity to enjoy a tasty buffet lunch looking out over the beautiful greens of the North Shore Golf Club, with the inner Waitemata Harbour and the Waitakere Ranges in the background.

Members started to arrive soon after 11.00am to make the most of the opportunity to chat whilst looking out through the full length windows overlooking the greens. There was ample room in the dining area where we were seated at round tables accommodating six people, which allowed for easy conversation and plenty of elbow room.

The club contribution of complementary beverages was very well received and appreciated.

Those who attended thoroughly enjoyed the venue, the views, the food and the opportunity to catch up with their friends and old colleagues in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

Spring is definitely in the air with warmer temperatures and sunshine only broken by the occasional shower. Roll on the Summer!


We extend a warm welcome to the following new members who have recently joined us and we look forward to meeting up with them at our regular functions:

Rodney Tindall who worked as a Flight Engineer 1974 – 2000

Geoffrey Ogilvie who was a B747 Captain 1974 – 1996

Jeff Gray who worked in Flight Catering 1974 – 1997

Harry Bowers who worked as Cabin Crew 1966 – 2002

Graham Samuel who workd in Engineering 1975 – 2017

Michael Keane who worked at Engineering Ramp 1970 - 2004


Since my last Almoner’s Report I can advise the following:

Anthony John (Tony) BRICE – passed away in Palmerston North on 13 August 2019 aged 88 years. Tony was dearly loved husband of the late Dorothy, father and father in Law to Anne, Steve and Giovanni, Jeff and Rosie, and Greg and Emily. His seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren loved hearing his (sometimes outrageous) stories of the best times of his life – flying as Chief Purser with TEAL and Air New Zealand (1955 – 1983). The Family hope many other stories come out of the woodwork to celebrate Tony’s extraordinary life, which they attribute, with thanks, to all his Air New Zealand mates and fellow crew who were so integral to his family.

Tom MAYNE – died at Atawhai Rest Home, Napier, on 8 October 2019, aged 91. Much loved husband of the late Dawn, father and father in law to Catherine, the late Graeme and the late Bruce, grandfather to Scott and Malissa, geat grandfather to Hayley, Hannah and Greer. A private cremation has been held for Tom. With Dawn, Tom – a key member of the Air New Zealand Industrial Relations team – worked hard to set up this Retirees Club and remained a member after retiring and moving to Clive. He is fondly remembered by his many former colleagues and friends.

James (Jim) CLARKE – died in Auckland on 8 October 2019 just after his 85th birthday. He achieved his engineering ticket at Shorts Aircraft Factory in Belfast. Jim with his wife Joyce, one son and three Daughters arrived in Auckland in 1973, joined the Airline and until 1999 was employed in the Engineering Component and Seat Shops. He was a highly valued member of the Tramping Club, a lifelong member of the Salvation Army and was an accomplished elocutionist, vocal and euphonium soloist, often featuring in concerts.

Basil Goodridge IRWIN – passed away peacefully at Metlifecare, Highland Park, on 21 September 2019, aged 89. A celebratory memorial service was held at the Howick Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday 01 October 2019. Basil was with TEAL/ Air NZ during the 1960/70/80’s in Flight Operations as a highly respected Senior flight crew rostering/crew scheduling Supervisor/Manager.

Our condolences, very best wishes and kind regards are extended to all – Brian Cudby


  • Staff Travel is now available on Regional Services (previously known as Link Services)

  • Air New Zealand is launching a non-stop route from Auckland to New York in October 2020.

  • At the same time, we’ve made the difficult decision to withdraw from our Los Angeles-London service in October 2020.

  • Schedule changes to flights NZ1 and NZ5 from London to LAX-AKL, which will impact Staff Travel from London to Auckland from 27 October 2019. There is no change for the Auckland to London schedule.

More details of these schedule changes and advice for standby passengers flying to London, are on our website here.


Regular media releases are published online by Air New Zealand and you can access these from our website under the heading Links. Here are the headlines from some of the most recent Media releases but please visit our website to keep up to date.

11 September 2019 Air New Zealand's Economy Skycouch™ wins global award

Air New Zealand has taken out a top product award for the enhancements it's made to its Economy Skycouch™ to cater for the airline's youngest customers.

18 September 2019 Air New Zealand calls for more kōrero on te reo trademark issues

Air New Zealand will not actively pursue its trademark application for the Kia Ora magazine logo after consultation with Māori leaders.

23 September 2019 Ngāi Tahu and Air New Zealand formalise relationship

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Air New Zealand have signed a future-focused, strategic relationship agreement aimed at boosting economic growth in Te Waipounamu.

25 September 2019 Air New Zealand steps in to support affected Jetstar customers

Air New Zealand is offering discounted airfares to Jetstar customers affected by today's announcement that it is planning to withdraw its regional services.

26 September 2019 Air New Zealand releases latest sustainability report

Air New Zealand has released its latest sustainability report, which outlines the airline's progress against its sustainability goals over the past year.

1 October 2019 Air New Zealand Board of Directors appointment

Air New Zealand has appointed Laurissa Cooney to its Board of Directors.

2 October 2019 Air New Zealand uses NASA technology to enhance sleep

Air New Zealand is the first airline in the world to launch an innovative new pillow - which uses technology originally developed for astronauts - to further improve comfort for its passengers.

4 October 2019 Adria Airways leaves Star Alliance

Slovenian airline Adria Airways, headquartered in Ljubljana, has ceased to be a member of Star Alliance effective 2 October 2019.

11 October 2019 Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Appointment

Air New Zealand's Board of Directors has appointed Greg Foran as the airline's next Chief Executive Officer.

16 October 2019 Air New Zealand gets set for Economy Stretch

Air New Zealand is introducing a new, more spacious Economy product on its widebody fleet from late 2020, offering customers extra legroom and perks on long-haul flights.

23 October 2019 New era for Air New Zealand's International Network

Air New Zealand is accelerating its ambitions for North America and will launch a non-stop service between Auckland and New York using its 787-9 Dreamliner in October 2020.

24 October 2019 Start spreading the news: Air New Zealand reveals Auckland-New York flight details

Air New Zealand's inaugural flight from Auckland to Newark Liberty International Airport will take off on 29 October 2020, becoming the first ever non-stop service between New Zealand and New York.

24 October 2019 Air New Zealand ramps up regional services

Air New Zealand is adding additional capacity to some of its regional routes in December following Jetstar's withdrawal of its regional services.

25 October 2019 Air New Zealand and West Coast team up on tourism

Air New Zealand is partnering with Development West Coast - Tourism on a campaign to inspire New Zealanders to visit the region.

25 October 2019 Air New Zealand wins Tourism Sustainability Business Excellence Award

Air New Zealand has been recognised for its contribution to growing a sustainable tourism industry at the New Zealand Tourism Awards, winning the Tourism Sustainability Business Excellence category for businesses with more than $6m annual turnover.


We remind all members that subscriptions are due immediately after being set at the AGM in June each year. This year the subscription again remains at $10. Please forward your cheque to the Treasurer, Roley Rackley, payable to Air New Zealand Retired Staff Club (Northern) or credit it directly to the Club's bank account (12-3043-0231590-00 Reference "Subs" and your name).

Club newsletters, reunion lunches, special events and other member privileges are only available for financial members. If your subscription is current it will show " Paid to 2020" (or later if you have paid in advance).

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