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March 2020 Newsletter


Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, your Committee has made the decision to postpone the 2nd April lunch at Maungakiekie Golf Club, with a date to be advised for later in the year hopefully.

If you have paid for this in advance, and require a refund please contact our Treasurer Roley Rackley and advise your Bank account number for refund. Or you may wish to leave the funds with the Club until the next event.

The Club AGM and Mid Year lunch in June 2020 has also been cancelled.

Therefore we are asking for nominations NOW for the committee. Please send in your nominations on the form below.

Voting by members will be managed electronically or by postal vote and advice will follow in the next Newsletter to be sent out early May 2020, which will give 21 days notice prior to the AGM.


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:

Chris Robb - who worked as Support Co-ordinator Cargo 1979-2012

Paul Robinson - who worked as Ops Manager AKL Domestic 1969-2016

Michael Cotter - who worked in Domestic Cargo 1974-1997

Kevin Bragg - who worked in Simulators 1978-2020

Beverley Willcocks (nee Kirk) - who worked in Cabin Services Rostering 1972-1973


Since our February 2020 Almoners report, I can advise that:

Captain Graham Charles McLEOD - died peacefully in Queensland on Monday 16 December 2019 after a long battle with Multiple Myeloma which started in 2016,. Graham was married to Ivy On Hing-McCleod and was “the love of Ivy’s life – the keeper of her inner soul”. Ivy will be remembered by many as a Cabin Crew member from 1962 – 1982. Graham had previously served with the RAAF and the RNZAF before joining Air New Zealand in 1973, retiring in 1992. At Graham’s request there was no funeral but there was private military memorial service with a plaque being placed in his honour along the War Memorial Walk in Buderim, overlooking the Tasman Sea.

Ross Edward NYBERG - died 12 March 2010 aged 82. Ross worked in Engineering Components / Tech Services, having joined Air NZ in 1986 after serving in the RNZAF. Ross retired in 2002 and was the husband and soulmate of Margaret and the father of Mark, Tony and Hilary. There is to be a private cremation and due to current circumstances a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Captain John SAGER - With her deepest regret, John’s wife, Mavis, has advised that her wonderful husband, best friend and walking encyclopaedia died on 27 February 2010 after a two year struggle with cancer. A celebration of John’s life was held on Tuesday 3rd March at the Auckland Memorial Park and Cemetery.

Our condolences, deepest sympathy and very best wishes are extended to all family members – Brian Cudby, Almoner


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 see more, and to keep up to date.

23 March 2020 - Air New Zealand to add domestic capacity

Air New Zealand is adding more domestic capacity following the Prime Minister's announcement this afternoon.

20 March 2020 - Statement from Air New Zealand Chairman Dame Therese Walsh

Air New Zealand is greatly appreciative of the Government's support of a loan facility as the airline navigates its way through the unprecedented challenges created by Covid-19.

20 March 2020 - Air New Zealand suspends Noumea and Tahiti services

Following further government restrictions for travel into New Caledonia and French Polynesia, Air New Zealand is suspending its Noumea and Tahiti routes until 30 June.

19 March 2020 - Air New Zealand to close London cabin crew base

Air New Zealand has made the decision to bring forward the closure of its London cabin crew base of 130 flight attendants due to the impact of COVID-19 and travel restrictions imposed by governments around the world.

19 March 2020 - Air New Zealand brings forward suspension of Argentina service

Following increased government restrictions for travel into Argentina, Air New Zealand is suspending its Buenos Aires route with immediate effect.

17 March 2020 - Air New Zealand update on Tasman route capacity

Air New Zealand is significantly reducing capacity on its Tasman routes as a result of the impact of Covid-19 on travel demand.

16 March 2020 - Air New Zealand capacity reductions

Air New Zealand is further reducing capacity across its network as a result of the impact of Covid-19 on travel demand.

15 March 2020 - Air New Zealand increasing Customer Care teams to service surge in customer queries in the wake of the new travel restrictions

Air New Zealand is boosting the size of its Contact Centre and Social Media Customer Care teams to deal with a surge of customer queries and travel changes.

14 March 2020 - Statement from Air New Zealand on Covid-19

Air New Zealand is reviewing the impact of the new measures announced this afternoon on its operations and will adjust its capacity accordingly. We expect to provide an update on network changes over the next few days.

14 March 2020 - Air New Zealand experiencing high volume of customer enquiries

Air New Zealand is currently experiencing a very high volume of customer enquiries through our Contact Centre and social media channels. Customers are encouraged to only contact us if their flight is departing within the next 72 hours.

14 March 2020 - Air New Zealand offering fare flexibility

Air New Zealand is offering further fare flexibility for customers affected by the New Zealand Government's Covid-19 travel restrictions announced today.

9 March 2020 - Air New Zealand suspends 2020 earnings guidance

Due to increased uncertainty surrounding the duration and scale of the Covid-19 outbreak, Air New Zealand has today announced that it will be withdrawing the full year 2020 earnings guidance it issued to the market on 24 February 2020 and reconfirmed at its interim results announcement on 27 February 2020.

5 March 2020 - Air New Zealand's latest safety video most viewed in history

Air New Zealand's latest safety video A Journey to Safety has become the airline's most viewed safety video ever, having been watched more than 27 million times since its release on Friday.

4 March 2020 - Air New Zealand capacity adjustment update

Air New Zealand is making further capacity cuts to some of its Asia, Tasman and Domestic New Zealand services through to the end of June as a result of the continuing impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on customer demand.

4 March 2020 - Air New Zealand confirms case of COVID-19 on board

Air New Zealand has today confirmed a passenger who has tested positive with COVID-19 travelled on its services.

3 March 2020 - Help Kiwi kids reach new heights with Airpoints™ for Schools

From sign-language singing to volunteering in Vietnam, the Airpoints for Schools programme is set again this year to help Kiwi kids go further and do more.

1 March 2020 - Grabaseat offers 1,000 domestic flights for just $9

Air New Zealand's Grabaseat is releasing 1,000 domestic flights at just $9 one way tomorrow morning.

1 March 2020 - Air New Zealand reduces Samoa services

Air New Zealand is reducing its Auckland-Apia services from six to three per week, effective Monday 2 March in response to a directive issued to all airlines by the Samoan Government.


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