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September 2021 Newsletter


We hope you’re all managing to keep yourselves busy through lockdown - it’s not easy! Particularly when the weather keeps you indoors ! However there are always books to read, photos to sift through and reminisce over, and keeping in touch with friends and family through social media.

Our news was going to include photos and a report on our Weta Workshop and Stardome events but of course those have had to be postponed. Delta permitting we will have something for you in the next Newsletter.


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:

Alan Reader 1977-2020 Avionics, Test & Navigation, Tech Services, MOC, Fleet Engineering

Ivan Prince 1970-2004 Finance, Flight Ops to 1982. Rejoined 1985 - 2004 Flight Ops, 737 Crew Manager

Peter Ginley 1975-2020 45 Years in Cargo Sales, Revenue Management

Gary Sanders 1974-2020 Mech Apprentice & Tradesman, Fiji, Hongkong, Akl Hangar. Hangar Duty Mgr.

John Byers 1966-2007 Engineering Apprentice, Manager Sales & Marketing Tech Ops (ANZES)

Gordon Young 1966-2015 Call Centre Consultant, Supervisor, Interpreter, IT Adviser, HR Resource Co-ordinator


6 October 2021 new date! - Weta Workshops Unleashed (FULLY BOOKED)

18 October 2021 new date! - Stardome Observatory and Planetarium

3 November 2021 - NZ Maritime Museum and Sail on 'Ted Ashby'

8th December 2021 - Annual Christmas Lunch (Remuera Club)

15th June 2022 - Mid Winter Lunch and AGM (Remuera Club)

7 December 2022 - Annual Christmas Lunch (Remuera Club)

The Weta Worskshop tour was so popular we were able to arrange two separate Tours on 6 October which are NOW FULLY BOOKED




In this live 360-degree experience, your planetarium will take you on an extraordinary tour of the stars, planets, and constellations visible from our little corner of the globe on the night of your visit Private showing begins at 1.30 pm

PLEASE arrive before 1.15 pm as late entry is not possible once the show has commenced Cost is $5.00 per person Numbers are limited so book now to guarantee your entry! Final Booking and payment date - 11th October 2021

Address : One Tree Hill Domain Free parking available outside Stardome. Nearby cafes at Royal Oak or Greenwoods Corner



Set sail on the heritage scow Ted Ashby - a ketch-rigged deck scow, typical of the fleet of scows that once operated in northern New Zealand waters - for an hour-long cruise in Auckland's Harbour.

Prior to boarding the vessel stroll around the Maritime Museum which is open from 10am to 5pm allow approximately 2 hours to see the galleries and perhaps have some lunch

Sail commencement time is 1.30 pm PLEASE arrive 30 minutes prior to sail departure to check in. Make sure you bring weather appropriate protection such as a jacket and sunscreen as all vessels are open. Only flat footwear may be worn.

Cost is $20 per person Numbers are limited so book now to guarantee your entry! Final Booking and payment date - 27th October 2021

Address : Corner of Quay and Hobson Street, Parking nearby in Downtown Carpark in 31 Customs Street West or travel by Train or Ferry as both modes of transport are with easy walking distance of Maritime Museum




PARKINSON William George (Bill) passed away suddenly on 7th August at his home. Bill worked in Engineering Avionics and Components workshops 1970-2006. A service for Bill was held at The Chapel of Love and Remembrance on Saturday 14th August.

BARLOW, Mary Helen (nee Kamutoa). Born 11th July 1946. Passed peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family on the 18th August 2021. Helen worked as a Secretary in Head Office, Route Management and Inflight Services. Correspondence regarding a Memorial Service to

RACKLEY, Elizabeth Ruby. Died peacefully on Sunday August 15, 2021, after a short illness. Adored wife of Rollend (Roley) our past Treasurer. The service that was to be held on Monday 23 August is postponed until next lockdown level announcement. All communication to

WHITE, Geoffrey Morris (Geoff). (RNZAF 72500, Captain Air New Zealand.) Born September 28, 1927. Passed away at Albury, New South Wales on 21 August 2021. Geoff was very well known as a pilot flying Solents with TEAL, then a variety of different aircraft with Air NZ, captaining the last successful flight into Antarctica. Messages to . (non member)

HERMANNS, Ronald (Ron): Ron died peacefully at his home on August 30, 2021. He was 109 and New Zealand's oldest person. He served in the Pacific as an aircraft engineer in WW2, then after the war he became a Senior Instructor at the Aircraft Engineering Workshops at Christchurch Airport, initially for NAC, and then for Air New Zealand. A celebration of his life will take place at a later date. (non member)

WEST, Jeanette Louison (nee Treloar) passed on 29 April 2021 aged 85 years. Jean worked at NAC and Air NZ Engineering.

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.


A reminder to all members that subscriptions are due immediately after being set at the AGM in June each year and 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 one year in arrears are assumed to have lapsed their membership.

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


You can also download a print version of this newsletter (pdf format).

September 2021 Newsletter
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