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November 2020 Newsletter

This will be the last Newsletter this year. It was disappointing to have our two proposed Maungakiekie lunch events cancelled this year due to COVID19, so we look forward to seeing you all at the Christmas lunch.


Date: Wednesday 2 December 2020

Where: Remuera Club, 27 - 33 Ohinerau St Remuera.

Time: Doors open and cash bar is operating from 11:00am, with lunch at 12:15pm, guest speaker 1.30pm followed by dessert/tea/coffee. Door prizes include domestic travel, $300 cash, Xmas ham, hampers, and wine. Drawn at 12 noon and 2pm.

Cost: Xmas luncheon meal is $35 per person and includes wine and juice on the tables.

If you wish to attend, please register online on our website.

For those of you who have already paid for the cancelled Maungakiekie lunch, this $28 can be used as a credit for the Xmas lunch, so all you need to pay is the $7 difference or you can request a refund. NOTE:  If you are in arrears with your subs you can add your overdue subscription to your lunch payment.

Reminder: Don't forget to wear your name badge. If you don't have one yet, you can order on the order form below, or see the purchase details on our website.


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:

Stephen Gosnell 1966-2011 - I joined NAC as an aircraft engineering apprentice on 31 Jan 1966. I transferred to Auckland Line Maintenance in 1970 & held a number of positions in the subsequent years finishing as the Maintenance Mgr at LAX.

Jennifer Jackson 1978-2020 – Cabin Crew. 41 year period of huge change/ loved the challenges and mostly all of the people one meets who have enriched my life. Downside would have been Erebus accident/ Up side the Pride of working for one of the World's "best airlines."

Claudio Veronese 1985-2009 - Christchurch Engine Centre (Lead hand Weld Shop). Joined Air NZ in 1985 worked in No 1 Hanger Christchurch (4 Years), transferred to Engine shop - Weld/plasma shop, later to become a joint venture with Pratt and Whitney.

David Lake 2004–2020 - I joined Air New Zealand as casual loader 2001 , to help with Freedom flights, becoming full time in 2004.

Frank Grant 1977-2020 - Apprentice 1977 to 1981, Engineering Fleet Technical Management 1989 - 2020

Onkar Singh 1990-2020 - Started 19th Feb 1990 as a AKL Mechanical apprentice. Licenced/Rated. Engine Overhaul Section (EOS), Tech Services Fleet, MCG, Project Leader, Team Leader, Airbus FTM.


Captain Errol Philip (Errol) CARR passed away peacefully on Friday 10th July 2020, aged 82. Much loved and loving husband of Patti for 60 years. Loved father of Brendan, Leisa and Jarrod, Jenni and Geoff. Errol will be truly missed by all his many friends and colleagues. A commemorative service was held at Purewa Crematorium Meadowbanks, Auckland on 15th July 2020

Captain Leslie (Les) SIMPSON died suddenly at his home on Friday 7th August 2020, aged 91. Very dearly beloved husband of Colleen, father and father in law of Cushla and Phil, David and Paula, Paul and Saron, Suzanne, Yvette and Lyndsay, and Michele. Les had joined TEAL as Solent pilot after retiring as an RNZAF Sunderland captain and training officer. His funeral service was eventually held on 31 August 2020.

Eileen CLARK of Royal Oak, who had been an NAC Airline hostess 1960 – 1972 passed away on 01 September 2020.

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

For those of you with access to the website, please note that the password for the “Members Only” section on our website is now ‘viscount’. The information on the “members only” pages is confidential to current members and may not be reproduced or distributed.


If you are reading this online, this next matter should not apply to you.

Until now, our printed newsletters have been printed and posted by Air New Zealand at no cost to our club. Unfortunately this is no longer an option, so reluctantly, we need to pass on this cost to those who wish to remain on our postal mailing list. There will be an annual charge of $10 per year to continue getting printed copies posted to you. This will be aligned with the Annual Club subscription.

Alternatively – There is no cost if you have an email address we can send the online newsletters to, so please let us know as soon as possible if you can use this option by contacting us at


We would like to remind all members that subscriptions are due immediately after being set at the AGM each year. This year the subscription again remains at $10.00.

Please note that to remain as a paid up financial member the current year's subscription plus any arrears must be paid. Members whose subs are more than two years in arrears are assumed to have lapsed their membership. Club newsletters, reunion lunches, special events and other member privileges are only available for financial members.

  • Newsletters sent by post show the subscription status (paid to date) on the address label.

  • If you received your newsletter by email, the message will include your subscription status at the time the email is sent. If your subscription is current it will show " Paid to 2021" (or later if you have paid in advance).


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

NEWSLETTER November 2020
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