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May 2024


Here we are, already more than a third into 2024 with winter well on the way - the heat pump remote resting on the armchair and firewood piled up, ready to be used. It feels good being back to normal with air travel up and running as it used to be. The face masks are stored at the bottom of the drawer, hopefully never to be used again. We freely can again visit friends, family or places as we please. COVID taught me not to take it all for granted.


This week, New Zealand shone a spotlight on Sign Language, one of the country’s three official languages. New Zealand Sign Language Week, May 6-12, 2024, has been a special time for the Deaf community to share their culture and language, and to promote understanding and inclusion across the country. Download a Vocabulary Taster Class Sheet below.

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2024 AGM


Date: Wednesday 12 June 2024 Time: The bar will open from 11:30am Lunch Cost: $45.00 per person

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

Our next event is the Mid-winter Christmas Lunch and AGM, held at the Remuera Club. The bar opens at 11:30am, and the AGM starts at 12 noon, with lunch being served at 12.30 p.m. The lunch cost includes a sumptuous buffet meal and one drink coupon per person for a glass of wine, beer or soft drink. Any further drinks can be purchased from the bar. This way everyone receives a free drink, not just the people who drink wine. A carafe of free orange juice and water will still be placed on the table. Once again there will be a raffle for wines and chocolates.

Note: You will receive two coupons as you sign in at the Remuera club:

1 for a free drink, the other for the raffle.

You must be a paid up member in order to vote at the AGM, and please remember to wear your name badge.


Please refer to the following reports by clicking on the respective links below.

42nd AGM Minutes 14 June 2023 -
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AGM Agenda 12June 2024
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Presidents Report 2023-2024
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MOTAT Aviation Hall

We finished up with 20 members/partners (could have been 22 due to late un-booked arrivals) - we had a small number of no shows that were more than compensated by several no record arrivals.

Andrew was our tour leader & provided an interesting commentary up until 1130 when a massive audio/visual compilation was projected onto 2 flying boats (1 military & 1 Solent TEAL flying boat) that commanded attention.   However, once the AV finished, Andrew provided a quick overview of the Solent & also took/answered several questions from our group & then our group split up with many "doing their own thing".

Maggie took several photos including one of most of the group just before we headed off on our tour - not included in this pic were a small number of late arrivals. For those who had never been to the MOTAT Aviation Hall before, most were completely gob-smacked at the size, quality & hugely impressive display of military & civilian aircraft.




Christmas Lunch Wednesday 4 December 2024

Our Christmas lunch is booked for Wednesday, 4 December 2024 at the Remuera Club. The committee dismissed the option of going to the Hamilton Gardens but is considering a visit to the Auckland Winter Garden or the Robertson Gift Exhibition at the Art Gallery. Date to be advised.



Phil Wolfe 1972 2013 Traffic AKL Int. 1972 –1980, RAR 1980–1984, HLZ 1985-2012

Glynne Evans 1972 1992 Finance, 3 years then AKL Traffic Intl

Geoff Austin 1965 2006 Cabin Services

David Carte 1976 2003 Aircraft Engineering Maintenance

Colin Deveraux 1959 1997 Apprentice Mechanics Bay, Simulator Controller/ Reliability Engineer, Manager Business Systems Cargo

Gary Fletcher 1974 2006 Avionics



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Bill STEVENS           10 February 2024

Len PAINTER           6 February 2024

Muriel WALTON      25 March 2024



President Jo Foged

Secretary Antoinette Nelson

Treasurer Gaye Mears

Past President Murray Robertson

Committee Peter Burn, Peter Elmsly, Margaret Holden, Tania Somerville, Maggie Willis

Patron Richard Thomson Richard, CFO at Air New Zealand, has very kindly agreed to be our Club patron. You may remember him from our Christmas lunch in 2022, where he was our guest speaker.


Your committee is well aware that the difficulty of any club member volunteering their time on any committee is a universal problem but, with 480 plus Air NZ Retired Staff Club Northern members, we know there will be some of you with the time and desire to support their club by joining the committee.

There are six meetings a year, two club lunches & a small number of events/trips (organised by committee members, but not mandatory to attend as a committee member), so the time commitment is not too demanding.

At this year’s Mid-Winter Lunch/AGM on 12 June Murray Robertson, a long-serving committee member will be resigning. Members considering joining this lovely group of people are invited to contact either Jo Foged, Antoinette Nelson or Gaye Mears. We will also accept nominations on the day, at the lunch. Please click on the link below for a committee nomination form.



Please note that all annual fees are due from 01 July 2024.


The committee unanimously agreed to propose an increase in annual membership fees to $ 15.00 per person. This will ensure we can continue to subsidise the lunches, as well as meet the increasing running costs. It also brings us in line with the Central and Southern club subscription fees. This will be put to the vote at the AGM. All 485 members are currently paid up.



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.



You must be a fully paid up member to attend club events.

There are currently three ways to pay into our bank account:

Pay by Direct Credit

Pay by Direct Debit

Account: ANZ 06-0222-0851695-00

Particulars: Your Surname

Code: SUBS

Reference: Your phone number

Pay through your bank by online or phone banking or at a Smart ATM

Any transaction assisted by staff like paying at the counter,

will incur extra fees that will be on-charged to you. However you may receive free assistance with a deposit at a Smart ATM

Pay Online

Pay securely online with POLi Pay



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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