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March 2023

Summer has now been and gone, but for many around the country it will be remembered as the Summer of Cyclone Gabrielle. We hope all our members are safe and secure, and we look forward to meeting up again in more favourable circumstances.



The club held its Christmas lunch at the Remuera Club on Wednesday, 7 December.

123 members and partners attended. Three hampers and 10 bottles of wine were raffled off to some lucky winners.

Our guest speaker was Richard Thomson, CFO of Air New Zealand, who is also a private pilot. He updated the guests of Air New Zealand’s financial position, explaining it was sound and promising for the future as well as giving us a glimpse of environmentally friendly aviation developments.

The buffet with all its trimmings was excellent

Judging by the chatter and laughter people had a very enjoyable time at this venue.

report by Antoinette Nelson


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


Thursday 20 April, 2023 - Bookings close 31 March 2023

Date: Thursday 20 April, 2023

Address: NZ Warbirds Visitor centre, 824 Harvard Lane, Ardmore Airfield

Time: The guided tour starts at 11:30am , so please arrive around 11:15am. The tour can take between one to two hours.

Cost: $15 per person. Pay on arrival before the tour.

Ardmore cafe is available for lunch - your choice and your cost.

Bookings: Bookings are now open for this event and bookings close Friday 31 March.


Wednesday 14 June 2023 at the Remuera Club. 11:30am to

More details and online booking form will be posted nearer the date.


Wednesday 6 December 2023 at the Remuera Club.

More details and online booking form will be posted nearer the date.



Pamela Peryman - 1983-1993 Cabin crew

Michael Grimwood - 1981-2020 AKL Line Maint, Ops, Hangar Plan Mgr, Project Mgr 777 Tech Rep

David Avery - 1962-1968 NAC Apprentice 1966 Aircraft & Engines. Transfer from Southern Branch

Colin Strevens - 1974-2019 Joined NAC Cargo 1974 and transferred to International Cargo 1985

Robert Llewellyn - 1985-2020 Pilot F27 thru B777

Alan Serjeant - 1970-2019 NAC CHC, Line Eng AKL NAC & Air NZ, L/H Line, MOC Duty Mgr

Kevin Hagen - 1995-2023 Flight attendant Dom, Longhaul

Trevor Taylor - 1972-2021 Engineering LAME, Station Engineer HNL, SAP IT Mgr

Susan Owens - 2005-2022 10 years Travel Consultant, 5 years Flight Attendant

Andy Williams - 2008-2022 Baggage handler. LIR, Pushback Driver/headset operator

Dudley Harrison - 1980-2014 Pilot both domestic and long haul/International


In June every year we hold the Annual General Meeting followed by a lunch and time for socialising. One of the agenda items is to elect the Management Committee who ensure that the club runs smoothly and who organise and plan the various events during the year. The committee usually meets every two months and some members have specific roles to play. Our club rules state that the management committe shall consist of up to 10 full members, plus the past-president for one more year. Not all of the present members will be available for re-election, plus we need at least three new members to operate effectively.

Please give serious consideration to coming on board for a year or two at least, and/or shoulder tap someone you know who could be an effective committee member.


Air New Zealand Staff Travel have advised that they will soon be making changes to the way you log in to myIDTravel for making online bookings. This affects retired and ex-staff only. To prepare for this change you will need an Airpoints account which matches your former employee details. If you need to create an account, please visit

Please provide your Employee ID and Airpoints number to and update your myID profile with your current email address, to ensure you receive communications about this change.


No passed members to report


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. Cost is $15 for pin-on badge and $20 for magnetic type.



Please note that the password for the “Members Only” section on our website is boeing.

The information on the “members only” pages is confidential to current members and may not be reproduced or distributed.



President - Murray Robertson

Secretary - Antoinette Nelson

Treasurer - Gaye Mears

Committee - Peter Burn, Peter Elmsley, Jo Foged, John Roscoe, Tania Somerville.


All existing paid up members have had their subscriptions extended to 30 June 2023 with no payments due until 1 July 2023. This was confirmed at the last AGM. Subscriptions for 2023/24 will be due in July 2023 after the AGM.


Please note there are only three ways payments can be made to our bank account:

- by POLIPAY from an online order form.

- by deposit at any ANZ counter or ATM.

- by online banking / direct credit to account 06-0222-0851695-00

PARTICULARS - your surname, CODE: 'Subs' or other , REFERENCE: your phone number

Due to high bank charges it is no longer possible for us to accept cash deposits or phone banking through other banks. Full details are also on our website.


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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