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July 2022

Winter is still here, and COVID, colds and flu are still lurking in the shadows, however we had a great Mid-Winter lunch preceded by one of the quickest AGM Meetings on record. Our sincere condolences go to the families of those members who passed away recently, and whose names are recorded below. Please let us know as soon as possible if you know of a member passing, so that others can be notified in time to attend the funeral.


Report on Mid-Winter Lunch and AGM

The Mid-Winter Lunch & AGM was attended by 69 members and partners and the 41st AGM was completed in 14 minutes. Three committee members retired and three new committee members were appointed. Due to the impact of Covid during the last two years on our lunches & trips your committee recommended that the 2022-2023 subscriptions be waived & this was agreed unanimously.

The meal was up to its usual good standard and the mixed prize raffle was well received. One noticeable difference at this lunch was the increased level of conversation and that, at 2 p.m., the room was still quite full as nobody appeared to be in a hurry to leave.

Murray Robertson


You won't always see us in person, and much of our time is spent behind the scenes, so here is a brief introduction to our current Committee members:

Murray Robertson (Chairman) - Joined 1966 AirNZ traffic CHC, Seconded to Polynesian Airlines Apia, Corporate Planning, HO Marketing, Manager Invercargill. Corporate Public Relations in 1992 organised corporate events including AirNZ Shell Golf Open and AMP AirNZ Golf Open.

Gaye Mears (Treasurer) - Worked in Finance from 1980-84, then 9-1/2 years as Manager in Panmure, Domestic Terminal and Manukau Travel-centres.

Antoinette Nelson (Secretary) - spent all of her 40 years at Air New Zealand in Finance, which included training staff and representing the Company at IATA meetings.

Peter Burn (newly elected) - joined Air NZ in 1970 in Finance, was Manager Commercial Planning in the 1980s , transferred in 1988 to Los Angeles to reorganize our business in North America , and retired as Cargo Manager North America and Europe in 2001.

Peter Elmsley (newly elected) - an Air New Zealand 'lifer', worked in Finance, Marketing, Cargo and International Sales.

Jo Foged - Joined TEAL in 1962 – apart from short period in Revenue Accounts spent remaining time in Tariffs and Industry Affairs.

John Roscoe (webmaster) - worked through several roles in Engineering - Tech Services, Planning and Systems Development, then into IT and finally Engineering Data Manager, retired after 49 years.

Tania Somerville (newly elected) - Started in the international passenger revenue area of Finance, and spent the next 25 years doing all things passenger related. Then, due to a departmental merger, my focus moved on to cargo revenue for the next 9 years before I was made redundant just prior to the Covid-19 meltdown.


Please mark these dates in your diary and make your bookings online before you forget.


Our next half-day trip is to the SCULPTUREUM near Matakana on 19 October 2022.

The club is subsidising this event so the cost is only $44 per person and includes entry fees, and return bus transport there and back. Lunch is not included but there are several local eateries or you could pack your own, and there is a cafe and restaurant on the site.

The bus will depart the Downtown Terminal at 10:30am with a pickup at Albany en route to our destination in Omaha Flats Road. The departure time is 3:30pm for the return journey, allowing plenty of time for wandering around the Artwork, Sculptures and lunch, and the bus will return via the dropoff point at Albany to the Downtown Terminal in Auckland at approximately 5pm depending on traffic.


Date: 7 December 2022

Time: Bar will open from 11:30am and lunch at 12 noon.

Address: Remuera Club, 27-33 Ohinerau Street, Remuera

Cost: To Be Advised

Bookings: Bookings are not yet open for this event.


Lenora Pudney - 1994-2016. Travel Centres in Queen St, Customs St, Business Direct and Tandem Travel.

Peter Straka - 1977-1999. Joined Air NZ directly from NAC, served in Reservations, Despatch, Traffic from 1968 to 1977. Ops manager MAARS until 1984, then Regional Marketing Manager SITA Passenger Services, Asia Pacific based in Singapore until retirement 1999. Reservations Control, Auckland.

Anthony (Pat) O'Rourke - 1968-2002. Worked in Engineering for 33.5 years. Started as a clerk in Supply and was a Purchasing Officer in Engineering Materials Department when I left.

Louis Ingle - 1971-2021. Joined Air NZ as an avionics apprentice, progressed to foreman and other positions in Engineering. Moved to IT, built the initial LAN, supported Engineering IT systems - PCs, Mainframe and midrange. I was support SAP and related systems when I retired.

Teejay Simmonds - 2000-2020. Worked in Cargo, retired after 20 years of beautiful service destroyed by covid 19.

David Lamb - 1978-2014. Based in Christchurch and Auckland Flying a multitude of aircraft for Air New Zealand.

Maureen McCrudden - 1980-2022. Started in Passenger Revenue HO /Domestic Cargo/International Cargo at Mangere

Ed Gaston - 1969-1986. Joined as an apprentice engineer, licensed on DC 8, DC 10 and B737, worked in the hangar and Line Servicing. Spent four years seconded to Malaysian Airlines for DC10 engineering support and 18 months as engineer at Wellington for DC8 servicing.


Tom CLENDON passed away 10 April, as result of a cycle accident. A Memorial service was held on 29 April in Nelson

Bill YATES passed away on 15 May. His funeral was held on 24 May in Albany.

Grant Reay passed away on 8 July and his funeral was held at The Salvation Army hall, Mount Wellington.

Herman Ivo PABBRUWE passed away unexpectedly on 20 July. His funeral was held on 25 July in Howick.


We encourage you to wear name badges at lunches and on any trips. It makes it so much easier when you know a face but can't quite remember the name that goes with it so please order yours now if you plan to attend any of the events coming up. ORDERS FOR NEW BADGES NEXT WEEK, SO PLEASE ORDER YOURS NOW.

Please note that the password for the “Members Only” section on our website is now 'boeing’ as from 1 August. The information on the “members only” pages is confidential to current members and may not be reproduced or distributed.


ORDERS and BOOKINGS - Our preferred payment option is to Pay ONLINE using POLi - the same process as used by Government departments, Air New Zealand and many other companies. You don't need a bank card and the payment is made immediately. You can also print a receipt for your records.


All existing paid up members will have their subscriptions extended to July 2023 with no payments due until then. This was confirmed at the AGM.


Regular media releases are published online by Air New Zealand and you can access these from our website under the heading Links.


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