top of page

November 2021 Newsletter


This is our last newsletter for 2021. Your committee extends to all members, your family and friends warm greetings for Christmas and the New Year and trust that 2022 will bring an easing of restrictions and the opening of our borders, especially for those of you who wish to reconnect with family and friends overseas.


Your committee met via Zoom on Wednesday 27 October and discussed both the postponed trips to Weta Worshop, Stardome Observatory/Planetarium & Maritime Museum/sail on Ted Ashby as well as the Christmas Lunch on Wednesday 8 December.

None of us need reminding that the impact this year of Covid-19 is a year like no other, and the huge and ongoing uncertainties and disruption in our lives caused by the Delta version of this pandemic leaves us with no option but to further postpone these three trips to February and/or March 2022 and to regrettably cancel our Christmas Lunch.

Your committee will meet again on 19 January 2022 to reassess the situation regarding these three trips. For those members who are booked on any of these trips, you will be notified in late January of the revised dates and times.

For those of you who would prefer to now cancel their trips, we will refund your payment on request. Similarly, if the dates and times we advise for next year’s trips are not suitable to you, we will also refund your payment on request. Please email your refund request to Gaye Mears, your Club’s Treasurer at and include:

  • Event you booked for,

  • Name you booked under

  • your full Bank account details you wish refund to be paid into.

Also in the New Year we will examine the feasibility of an alternative Lunch. In so doing we will need to carefully reflect on the prevailing conditions for such an event, including the maximum numbers permitted for an indoor location, social distancing and vaccination certificates to name but a few.


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:

Kerry Darling 1971-2014 Apprentice (Mech), Tradesman EOS, Gas Turbine Commercial

Paul Beck 1986-2020 First Officer Friendship & 737, Captain Friendship, then International 767, 747, A320, 787

Andrew Crawford 1974-2005 Engineering; Engine Overhauls JT3, CF6 (NZ and overseas), M&I

Alan Seth 1971-1997 Payrolls Mangere, Reservations consultant


MCINTYRE, Capt Douglas Lawrence (Pug) passed away peacefully and suddenly at home in May 2021, aged 79 years (non-member)

GARRETT, Jeffrey passed away at Totara Hospice on Wednesday 25 August 2021 after a short illness, aged 67 years. Jeffrey joined Air New Zealand as an Avionics apprentice, later working as a Flight simulator technician until his retirement in 2017.

ELLIOT, Bruce passed away on Monday 2nd August 2021 at Maygrove Village Hospital, Orewa after a long battle. Bruce had been a long time resident of Mangere and later Red Beach and was a keen bowler. Bruce joined Air New Zealand in 1971, working in International cargo until his retirement in 1994.

WEBB, Donn Lawrence passed away peacefully at Grace Joel Village on 5 October, aged 88 years. Donn commenced with Air NZ in reservations in 1965, moved to the booking office followed by three years in Suva as Agency Affairs officer. Donn became Groups and Tours Manager in the NZ Region and contributed to products such as London Shoppe and Gitaway tours becoming household names and generating a ton of business for Air NZ. He went on to hold a number of roles in H.O. marketing. He was very active in the Special Interest market being the driver behind such projects as tours to the Sydney Opera House and Golden Oldies Rugby. Those who worked with Donn knew him as the epitome of a company employee and manager. (non-member)

WATSON, Pauline Margaret passed away on 2 October 2021 in her 90th year. The loving and dearly loved wife of Tony (Tango) for 67 years. A private farewell for Pauline has taken place (non-member)

REED, Terence Lowry (Terry) passed away on 12 October 2021 at the Bay of Islands Hospital aged 81 years. Terry learned to fly at a young age, taught by his uncle on the farm. This was the beginning of a lifelong love of flying. He became a Flight Engineer with Air New Zealand, flying DC8s, DC10s and 747s. (non-member)

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

Have Your Say - Have you noticed the new addition to the front page? Here you may add your own interesting airline related news, events, information, and history titbits.

ORDERS and BOOKINGS - We have introduced a new format for ordering badges and renewing Subscriptions, and you now have the ability 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. Please check it out.


We have reached a milestone - 100% of all member subscriptions are now fully paid up. This is largely due to the perseverance of our treasurer, Gaye Mears who has spent much of her time phoning and emailing members. So we can now announce that we currently have 490 paid up members.


Regular media releases are published online by Air New Zealand and you can access these from our website under the heading Links. Have a look there if you want to know what Air New Zealand is doing about quarantine flights, new initiatives with Sustainable Fuel and future route plans.

Air New Zealand is now operating Trans-Tasman flights.



Recent Posts

See All

May 2024


bottom of page