May 2069 - 2019
The first Rally held by the South Auckland Caravan Club
was held at Orere Point during the weekend of 15th March 1969.
President’s Comments for August 2019
Members will be aware of the recent sad passing of Graham Fletcher on July 29. Graham and Marjorie were members of the Club from 1980 to 2000. In the mid-1980’s Graham was Vice President for one year, and President for one year. Graham and Marjorie re-joined the Club in January 2018 just 18 months ago. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out Marjorie and all of her family as they come to terms with their loss. Our best wishes also go out to Marjorie as she now focuses on receiving treatment for her own illness, and the recovery process that will follow. Caravanning took a back seat in the Shiels household in the month of July – nothing to do with winter, and everything to do with looking after our not quite two-year old grandson for 2 ½ weeks of the 3 ½ weeks that his mother was overseas. We moved into our son and daughter-in-law’s house for the duration as it was easier for all. Skills that we had last used over 30 years ago were brought back into play, and it is pleasing to report that the said grandchild was returned to his mother in one piece, and with a smile on his face. Job done!
Raewyn and I returned to our own home and promptly got sick with one of the winter bugs, and have hardly been out the driveway since! By all accounts the rally at Waiuku went very well with 17 vans in attendance, and a couple of experienced rally captains to keep things running smoothly. Many thanks to Carolyn and Lynne for their good work. For a winter rally it is always nice to have solid ground under you and a warm club on the doorstep should the weather turn nasty.
The next rally is at Mount Maunganui Holiday Park – also on power. Look forward to seeing you there – by then spring will be in the air! All the best.
President’s Comments for July 2019
There was a very good turnout of members, and one visitor, for a most enjoyable rally at Miranda to bring up the midpoint of the year in glorious winter weather. Miranda is a lovely site with very good facilities and of course soaking in the hot pools is the perfect antidote to the cold air temperatures – until you get out that is! Many thanks to rally captains Raewyn and Graham for their smooth running of the rally.
The next rally is at Waiuku Cossie Club – also on power.
All the best.
President Report - May 2019
In my experience it is often difficult for Clubs to get members to turn out for the AGM. However, the SACC is definitely an exception to that rule, and at the AGM held earlier this month almost half the membership was in attendance – a good sign of a healthy Club that members care about. As was to be expected there was considerable discussion about the remit that the ordinary membership of the Club be limited to 35 ordinary members, with a range of views being expressed. Ultimately the remit was accepted by a clear majority of members present. With ordinary membership already standing at 34 we are now very close to putting up a “Club Full” sign. Another healthy sign was the interest in members joining the Committee. All have been co-opted on to the current Committee and I look forward to their contribution. My thanks also to the Jubilee Committee for a job very well done. The main events were of course on Saturday 18th May, and were a fitting celebration of 50 years of SACC. A lovely venue, great food, plenty of time to reminisce, and an entertainer who really “hit the mark”. It was also a lovely gesture for all attendees to receive a copy of the history of the Club over the past 50 years – a lot of time and effort went into that publication. All in all, a most memorable and enjoyable day. Thank you to everyone for all your hard work.
The next rally – over Queens Birthday weekend will be held at Athenree. Look forward to catching up then
All the best. Eric.
President’s Report March 2019
Club members will be aware of the sudden passing of Ian Duder earlier in February. Ian was a very big supporter of the Club. It was through his generosity that the Club enjoyed the privilege for many years of holding an annual rally on his property at Duders Beach each year. The large turnout at the rally at Anniversary Weekend this year is testament to the popularity of that venue – indeed a special place. As a Club we extend our condolences to Mary Duder and her family as they seek to adjust to their loss.
There was another most enjoyable rally this month – this time on the Seabird Coast. I found it fascinating to be on the grounds of Kaiaua school with only 18 pupils enrolled for Years 1 to 8. Clearly there were facilities for many more pupils, and with two teachers the student to teacher ratio is one that urban schools can only dream about. The school is described as being in a remote area by the Ministry of Education – yet really quite close to Auckland! Despite the challenges that the school faces there was certainly good community support displayed on Saturday night when one member of staff and two parents produced a lovely dinner for us as a fundraiser. We wish them well.
Also fascinating was a visit to see the birds - Godwits, oyster catchers and wry bills in quite large numbers. At the Bird Centre the notice stated that the day before 4,970 Godwits had been observed. The volunteer behind the desk assured me that there were ways and means of arriving at such a precise count (and it was not count the legs and divide by two!) Nevertheless, there were a lot of them! Birds are so graceful in flight – even in the strong winds that we experienced on the Saturday afternoon.
Many thanks to the rally captains for their smooth running of the rally – they displayed all the hallmarks of experienced rally captains – well done!
An excellent rally at Ranfurly Hall on the Kaipara Flats Road. With most vans arriving on Friday afternoon, you had to feel for our rally captains who were in and out of their van assisting new arrivals with parking when the rain was at its most intense. Many thanks for their smooth running of the rally throughout the weekend. The sports facilities beside Ranfurly Hall were extensive, a sign that this is a real community hub. The morning walk on Sunday around the local neighbourhood was most interesting with a number of old buildings that had taken on a new life including the local butcher shop which now sold a huge range of home-made pickles and jams. Some members were distracted from the walk by the abundance of ripe figs available for picking – they did ask the owner of the tree first! A Saturday afternoon drive over the hill towards the Kaipara, saw us arrive by chance at a farm where some sheep dog trials were almost finished. The first person we talked to was from Pukeatua in the heart of the Waikato where Raewyn was brought up – small world! If you are interested in more information about the history of the area then just follow this link http://www.kaiparaflats.co.nz/history/
The 50th Jubilee is fast approaching – less than three months to go now! Time to get those registration forms in please – should be a weekend to remember!
Safe travels everyone,
All the best Eric.
President’s Report A great start to the year with the “traditional” rally at Duders Beach. What a superb location this is, so close to Auckland, and far enough away from Maraetai to escape the crowds of people who descend on Maraetai every summer holiday weekend. Good to see such a big turnout of vans – 26 including one visitor – to enjoy the beach, the regional park and each other’s company, all in good weather. Many thanks to Peter & Colleen for running such an excellent rally.
Between July and December last year 6 new couples joined the Club. I hope that you all enjoy being part of SACC. This is quite an influx of new faces for our small Club, but I am sure that you will always feel welcome no matter who you sit down beside and have a chat to.
The 50th Jubilee is fast approaching – less than four months to go now! Time to get those registration forms in please – should be a weekend to remember!
Safe travels everyone – I hope to see as many of you as possible at Kaiaua School. All the best.
I hope that everyone had an enjoyable Christmas and my best wishes to all for 2019.
As I write this Raewyn and I are parked up at a spot at Waiorongomai Station - a beautiful location with lots of bird life, some baby hedgehogs (so cute and fascinating to watch!), and a whole host of colourful and interesting fungus on dead trees - and we have it all to ourselves! We arrived here from Cape Palliser - great views, a really friendly and informative host and a lovely sheltered site when the wind blew.
Of course we likely would never have made it down this way had it not been for the Safari. Congratulations to our organisersl on their organisation of such a successful roving rally. Good weather, good company, good venues and many good memories to treasure from the trip.
At the end of the Safari we said farewell to Judy & Cliff as they departed for their big OE in the South Island. It will be interesting to follow their adventures on their blog.
Cliff's departure means that we will function without a Vice President until the AGM in May. My thanks to Cliff for all the work that he has done for the Club in this role.
There is also a vacancy on the Committee that we will be looking to fill at the AGM. If you are interested in joining the Committee and would like to know more about what is involved please talk to any member of the current Committee. Personally I believe that the more that you put into a Club the more that you get out of it. Everyone can contribute - we all have our own particular skills and interests and viewpoints that we can bring to the Club.
All the best for 2019.
Barry Thrupp One of our Club’s Foundation members and the first President passed away on 8th July.
Barry with Wallace McRobbie, Percy Field of Pukekohe and Graham Wilcox of Clevedon, met at Barry’s home in November 1968. It was decided to call a Public Meeting to gauge support for the formation of a club.
The date set for a meeting at the Papakura Bowling Club was 7th February 1969, the date had to be changed to 19th February 1969, being the only night the Pavilion was available. The meeting was well attended with 44 keen Caravanners wanting to know what was involved.
The meeting was Chaired by Barry Thrupp with Bob Hills of Papakura acting as Secretary. 33 present at this meeting expressed their wish to join the club.
And so the South Auckland Caravan Club came into existence.
With our President and his wife down in Dunedin it fell to me to stand in for the November Rally to the Awhitu Presbyterian Camp in Matakawau, Awhitu Peninsula.
We had grandson duties on the Friday afternoon, having to collect him from Dilworth School in Remuera and deliver him home to Pukekohe, so we were a little late arriving on site. The crew were busy enjoying happy hour on the brand new deck at the camp and our Host had been jumping up every few minutes as more people arrived to park the vans. The total vans for the weekend was 22, including three visitors. There were quite a few vans parked when we arrived but it is a huge area to park in, and so we started a new line down the rear and closer to all the facilities. We were able to set the van up, catch the end of the happy hour and socialise.
The Presbyterian Camp has a large field nicely mowed and several buildings, we had use of the toilets, showers, hall and kitchen also a large covered deck.
n excellent facility and half way up the Peninsula, so handy to all the beaches both on the West Coast and within the Manukau harbour.
Friday night bought some rain but the rest of the weekend was good weather until after lunch on the Sunday with a light misty rain coming down. The walkers Saturday and Sunday morning went down through the paddocks to the beach in the ARA Park, explored the area around the Camp and people caught up with each other during the day. One couple had a special event and at the happy hour shouted us to whitebait fritters that we each cooked on the BBQ with varying results. Another couple followed this up with strawberries and cream. Wow, much appreciated. Saturday evening was Card Housie which was run very well. A lot of fun and laughter.
Sunday was the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice signed after World War 1 between Germany and the Allied forces. We observed a period of silence as we remembered those that both fought and died during that horrific war.
Thanks to our Hosts for another very enjoyable and well run rally.
PRESIDENT PONDERINGS - November 2018
Raewyn and I managed to set a personal record at the recent rally at Ngongotaha – we arrived early for the rally and stayed in the one place for eight nights, only leaving once the weather forecast showed that rain was on the way. There is so much to see and do in the Rotorua area. This was a really good base to explore from. The last time that we spent more than a couple of days in Rotorua was perhaps 20 years ago when our kids were teenagers – on that occasion the wallet took a real hammering as we went from the gondola to the luge to the zorb to the hot pools to the Maori concert…..!
This time was more about hiking and biking with only one foray into the tourist attractions (the night time tree top walk in the redwoods). We had a really lovely walk at the Hamurama Springs Nature Reserve on the day that we left – free to Gold Card holders – otherwise $18 for an adult!
The rally was also very enjoyable – many thanks to Carole and Morrie for their efficient organisation. Fifteen vans made the trip and as always, the company was great. The rapid-fire quizzes were a lot of fun, as was the ladder golf.
Happy and safe travelling wherever your van may take you..
PRESIDENT PONDERINGS - October 2018
Now that we are into daylight saving it really does feel like winter is behind us. The heater has not been on in our house for a couple of weeks now, and today was definitely a day for wearing shorts. Spring is a marvelous time of year as we anticipate the long warm days ahead – and of course the opportunity to spend more time away in the caravan.
Thanks to Judy and Cliff for running such a smooth rally in Hamilton. It was surprising to see how busy the Classic Cars site was – particularly on the Saturday night. Interesting to see some very big motorhomes and caravans and even someone towing a double deck trailer behind their motorhome – car on the bottom, boat on the top! Perhaps by the next time we have a rally in Hamilton there will not be quite so many road works to navigate on the way down…..(dream on!)
The Positive Ageing Expo on 28 September in Pukekohe was I thought successful for us – quite a few people stopped to have a chat and we certainly looked the part with our brand-new jackets! Thanks to Dianne and Gary for organising our stand, (and our jackets), and to Desma, Gary, Maureen, Ron & Raewyn for being there on the day to help. There was a lot of useful information available in the hall with all sorts of organisations represented – makes it easy when so much is available under one roof, and no high-pressure sales tactics. Thank goodness there was no one selling steak knives and vegetable peelers!
On to Ngongotaha over Labour Weekend – always lots to do in the Rotorua area – should be fun.
Rally Report – Waiuku Cosmopolitan Club 26th – 28 July 2019
Friday: By the end of Friday, most had arrived. Happy hour was held in the warm bar downstairs with the locals. We returned to our vans for the evening.
Saturday: Walkers set out at 8.30 am towards the inlet on the path leading around the water's edge. There has been a lot of work done by the “Mud larks” removing the mangroves and establishing new paths. This has created an attractive people friendly area, but is still a work in progress. Unfortunately the tide was out. The remaining campers arrived early and were present for the morning tea circle in the sunshine, with a very fresh breeze. After lunch, many campers took the opportunity to carpool to visit the Glenbrook Model Railway at 99 Morley Road at 1.00 pm. This is a lifetime hobby of the owners, Bob and his wife Julie. It was a large display, set in a large newly built shed. The model railway consisted of 5 tracks including a spiral climb. The layout of the tracks started in the country with stock, a metal quarry, logging and much more, all leading to factories etc along with many other modes of transport e.g. trucks and even a container port. I admit I am not a big fan of model railway, but even I was impressed. Happy hour was again in the Club, but in the upstairs bar till about 6.00 pm, when we all gathered in the restaurant to order our meals. I understand the meals, when finally delivered, were to a very high standard. But maybe their ordering system could do with some improvement. It was lovely that our visitors could join us for the dinner. Some stayed in the Club to watch the Rugby match, All Blacks v South Africa. I enjoyed the big screen and the fast pace of the match, and it looked like the All Blacks were going to win, until the last few minutes, ending in 16 – 16.
.Sunday: Another sunny day, walkers set out on an unknown track. This involved a muddy area near the jetty where the Ratahi was moored. Pity about Dianne’s new shoes. Up some steps to gain access to Racecourse Road, alongside the golf course leading to the water’s edge and view of the Glenbrook Steel Mill etc. The leaders decided to go along the Queen’s chain through wet grass. Another test for our shoes. Wet socks, not pleasant. Nearing the campsite, one of our walkers had a mishap.
I hope everyone enjoyed the rally as much as Lynne & I did in the beautiful sunshine here in Franklin. Weren’t we lucky. It was disappointing to discover that the old classic wooden sign with our logo “South Auckland Caravan Club” and a fancy red arrow, which I had hung on the entrance post indicating the van campsite, was stolen/borrowed on Friday night.
Rally Report — Miranda 28 — 30 June 2019
Friday; We headed off from home around 9 0’clock, and ended at Ray Rest, to kill time with a few members who had spent Thursday night there. We entered Miranda at 12:30, with a good stream of around 21 vans following through the afternoon.
Saturday; Walkers headed out at 8:30, in crisp air and a mist of fog which lifted around morning tea to a magic day. Big thanks to Ian and Robyn for the awesome treats of savories & sweets to celebrate their 100th rally. Most people did their own thing through the day. The hot steamy pools were a great attraction throughout the day and weekend.
Seven of us headed off after lunch on our E Bikes to Waitakaruru country store for coffee and king size ice creams. Everyone was well wrapped up at 4 O’clock Happy Hour, then headed of to their cosy vans for the evening. The Bad news was that the takeaways at the public pools at the end of the road were closed for a private function. So some headed back to Waitakaruru for their takeaway dinner.
Sunday; In the morning the fog lifted again by 9:30, in time for morning tea and finishing off the rally, with the quiz, lucky van, raffle and other results, plus presentations to new members.
‘Thumbs Up.’ Another Great rally with great people.Thanks.
0th JUBILEE RALLY - 17th – 19th MAY 2019
A total of 13 vans arrived during the afternoon to The Onion Farm including Allan and Judy Dale, President and Secretary CCNZ. Happy hour started early with some nice warm sunshine then it disappeared the temperature dropped and we moved into the onion shed until it got to cold and every one moved to their vans ready for an early start in the morning.
Saturday 18 May; By 8.30 am vans had started to move out to the short drive to Lavalla where the celebrations would be held and other members joined us, along with others that visited for the day.
Everyone registered by collecting the grab bag with their name tag. In the bag were some pens, printed coasters, some onions, a nice smelly, a complimentary happy hour drink ticket and newly printed up to date history book. The welcome sign to our 50th Jubilee was on the power point screen. Then, it was into the dining room for morning tea or coffee and oven fresh scones with cream and home made jam.
After much chatter it was back into the lounge to start the official part of the day. Our President, Eric, was invited to officially open the celebrations and introduce Alan Dale the president of CCNZ who said a few words. Gary Landon, the Jubilee chairman then started the power point presentation of about a 1000 photos of the club’s activities over the last 50 years which was keenly watched with much amusement at times. After some time we took a break, many taking a walk around the grounds. At 12.30 pm we gathered on the front steps for group photos which created some hilarity.
t 1.00 pm it was into the dining room for lunch. Grace from Eric, preceded a very nice two course lunch and the cutting of our very nice looking cake, produced by Carole Mosen, Much later back to the lounge to watch a bit more of power point until Peter Foster gave us a 12 minute talk combining his career in the Army with the 50 years history of the Club, very interesting. Then it was opened to members to share their thoughts on the history of the club, a few took the opportunity, it was then left for members to chat, watch the power point, or have a nap until 4.30,when our music man, Jim, arrived and set up. Around 5.00 pm light music started and also more food in the way of platters was served in dining room for members to help themselves. Jim really got the music going and members got up and started dancing which was enjoyed very much by all.
All to soon it was 8.00 pm and as it had been a long day it was time for the last dance to end a very enjoyable day.
Sunday 19 May; As is tradition, morning tea was held around the caravans with more cake and the normal lamb chop, happy bear, an also lucky van, with a donated prize, and the official closing of the 50th Jubilee Rally,
Some commented the weekend was a very good rally, with the celebrations right up there with the best of all other events. I felt it went really well, it just seemed to flow with the program we had set out , I must thank the Lavalla staff who talked to us throughout the day to make sure things were going as we wanted and also made suggestions which did help make the day a great success. I hear you now ask what’s next , well I do have something in mind for the club to do but for the time being I am keeping it to myself and hope someone else may take up the challenge. Last I must thank the 50th jubilee committee being Nancy, Colleen, Peter and Dianne for the work, phone calls, meetings, more phone calls trying to contact past members, very difficult, visiting Lavalla to discuss what they could provide for us, and all the other little things that just made the 50th the success it was, also to all that came to the celebrations a big thanks for your attendance.
50th Jubilee Committee.
Mystery Rally; Victoria Battery, Waikino – 29 - 31st March 2019
Friday - Getting to the Mystery Rally; 3 people managed to take a wrong turn, with one making a wrong turn at the first corner, the other two missed the last one and went round the block. Other-wise, they were right on track. First off was a backing test before parking and I was impressed to find all members had the right idea on how to back a caravan by turning the wheel in the right direction, specially when being watched from the sideline. Motorhomes also did well.
Saturday; Some went to the beach hop at Whangamata. Due to rain, morning tea was held in host vans, with members being sorted so there was a good mix of new and old hands which went down real well. Thanks to the hosts. After morning tea some went on the train to Waihi, others went cycling and others hit the very nice cafe. At happy hour the rain had eased off and sun was shining so the opportunity was taken to present badges, etc. to three new members, so a big welcome to our club. For dinner most went to the Waikino pub for dinner. A good meal at the newly done up pub.
Sunday; The rain really came down, most of us went to the Museum, very interesting, and then some went through the tunnels and then up to look at the Kilns. The kilns were used to roast the Quartz so it could be crushed more easily in the stamper. They were huge, well worth a visit. A credit to the locals who look after it.
Kaiaua School 15th - 17th February 2019
Friday: We arrived in fine weather though it was very hot and it was a case of awnings up ASAP. We met the Headmaster, Carlos, and the school secretary who looks after all matters for the 18 pupils presently attending Kaiaua School. Nothing was too much trouble, opening up the library for cards, toilet facilities and an outdoor area with barbeque tables and seating, all covered by a shade sail. Bliss! A quiet night, a group played cards in the library and several enjoyed a fish & chip meal at the Kaiaua Hotel.
Saturday: Dawned another great day with the walkers heading off first thing along the coastal road right by the water.
At morning tea President Eric asked us to observe a minutes silence in respect of the unexpected passing of Mr Ian Duder whose property we had visited and so enjoyed over Anniversary Weekend.
A lack of cover from the sun made it difficult to arrange an outdoor activity with some shade in the heat of the day. There were visits to the hides at Miranda to view the BarTailed Godwits, Wrybills, Oyster Catchers, Herons and other species resting on their feeding ground. An impromptu aerial display was give which added an extra dimension to the occasion. (Cliff Reynolds— eat your heart out!). There were visits to friends & families and stops at the Pink Shop for ice-creams. Another group played Rummikub, under the shade of an awning, while the rest napped or read which was a very relaxing way to cope with an extremely hot day. Happy hour was held in the shade of the hedge after which we were provided with an excellent Barbeque, prepared by the ladies of the PTA, a very nice array of salads & bread, followed by a dessert of Apple Crumble, one normal and one GF, which was a nice touch. The PTA members had also made cakes and slices as well as some home grown produce for sale. Cards and Rummikub were played by some after a very satisfying meal.
Sunday: A leisurely disbanding after morning tea, one member was on a long trip south starting the following day. A group of caravans headed to Ray’s Rest and the balance home to unpack, or search for a replacement vehicle in the Rally Captains case.
A very relaxing weekend at the school and particularly nice to be told we would be most welcome again.
Duders Beach Rally - 25th - 28th January
Friday 25th - Rally Captains on site 5 minutes before ‘Opening Time’, just as well as a steady stream of ‘Early Birds’ started arriving soon after 10.30 am. By mid-afternoon spaces were getting tight and there were 26 vans on site before dinner.
Saturday 26th - A beautiful morning and the walkers took on the walk to the trig station before morning tea where the early birds were looking for the shady spots. By lunch time the incoming tide was a most welcome retreat, a bit cool for some of the less hardy bodies. After lunch kayaks, paddle boards and an inflatable, outboard, ‘rubber ducky’ were on the water. Skipper & crew of the outboard didn’t quite get their limit, but caught their tea. No loaves and fishes miracle for the assembled multitude.
A group of guys went to Ardmore to view a renovated Mosquito aircraft. The cost of getting the plane back in the air - getting on to or maybe over NZ$10 million. After dinner the mandatory ‘Duders Trivia’ was contested. Got off to a shambolic start. The Quiz master showing his age when, after spending a considerable time in the afternoon sorting out how the teams would be organised, managed to ‘stuff it up’. However, all was resolved and nine teams of 4 or 5 eventually came up with a variety of answers for the questions asked. Two teams tied with scores of 54 out of a possible 80 points, pretty good work.
Sunday 27th - Another glorious morning in ‘Duder’ Paradise. For those up early enough an attractive sunrise between the headland and Waiheke. After morning tea several went to the Clevedon Markets, most relaxed. A favoured place under the shade of the foreshore trees, watching the tide come before adventuring into water that was a little too cool for some, but great conditions for kayaking and paddle-boarding. Clouds came over later in the afternoon. At Happy Hour it seemed as though we may get some of the rain that was being reported in the Papakura, Manukau Areas. This prompted a command decision being made to bring the Tabloid Sports games forward and play them during Happy Hour. A triples contest involving Kubb, Petanque and Ladder Golf was set up and after a slow start everyone got involved and the competition was over in 45 minutes. To illustrate the fairness of it all, Raewyn quite comprehensively beat all comers. The rain didn’t reach us so it turned out to be a Happy H o u r. Monday 28th - Another beautiful morning. The walkers were divided as to where they would walk. Several weren’t keen on another hike to the trig station so they took on the length of Umupuia Beach and back.
The rally came to it’s customary end at Morning Tea when the weekend quiz, raffle and Lucky Van were all resolved and a final message from the Jubilee Committee Chair and the President who each reminded members of the upcoming Golden Jubilee celebrations, and the importance of the occasion in the history of the club and the importance of getting their registrations in.
2018 Christmas Rally & President’s Report
There was a huge turnout in glorious sunshine for the rally last weekend with 30 vans in attendance – including five visitors with vans. Added to that, Cliff & Judy Reynolds visited for the day – the final count for dinner being 60 people! The venue was the Thames Clay Target Club – a lovely well-presented facility. The Clay Target Club appears to be thriving with lots of activity on the Saturday as Club members carried out a working bee in advance of some important competitions over the summer. The location was right beside the Thames Aerodrome – a grass landing strip – for small planes and helicopters only which provided further interest without too much intrusive noise. With a market on in Thames on Saturday morning, the annual Christmas Parade in the early afternoon and cycle ways close by, there was plenty to see and do. Raewyn S had baked a large lovely moist Christmas cake (fortunately big enough!) for all to enjoy at morning tea on Saturday as the rally officially started. A feature of Morning Tea was the presentation, to Jim & Jacqui , of their 200 Rallies badges. After morning tea, people went off to do their own thing, or took the opportunity to have a leisurely catch up.
After morning tea, people went off to do their own thing, or took the opportunity to have a leisurely catch up.
A big highlight of Happy Hour on Saturday afternoon was when Santa called in. The elves had been busy in the lead up to Santa’s arrival, and there were two large (heavy!) sacks of presents waiting for him to distribute. As usual, Santa was in very good form and did an excellent job – well done Santa!
A two-course pot luck dinner got under way shortly after 6pm. The Club supplied a large 11 kg ham which kept carver Ian McKinnon busy for quite some time – the Club also supplied Christmas mince pies as one of the items for dessert. Kay McKinnon had been in contact with everyone prior to the rally to organise what each member would bring. The result was a wonderful feast, with a huge variety of tasty dishes on offer. Based on comments afterwards, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the meal, and there was even enough food left over for lunch for the 30 people who were still on site at midday on Sunday. We even managed to polish off the rest of the ham!
A big thank you to everyone for their contributions – much better, in my opinion, than the commercially prepared meal we sat down to the previous year.
With such a large number of people at the rally, it was great to see everyone mixing together so well and importantly, making the effort to get to know new people. As our Club grows in size, as it has done this year, it is so important that we preserve this aspect of the Club.
Applications from two couples were approved at the Committee meeting, so I am pleased to welcome Keith & Sue and Peter & Lynne to the Club.
Once again thank you to everyone, who each in their own way, helped to make the weekend such a great success. A particular thank you to Kay & Ian for the great organisation of our biggest rally for quite some time.
Raewyn and I wish you a very Happy Christmas, and look forward to the Safari, which gets under way on December 27th at the Taupo Equestrian Centre.
For us the trip down the east coast into the Wairarapa will cover countryside that we do not know well at all so we are looking forward to exploring new territory.
Until then safe travels
Safari Xmas 2018-2019
TAUPO 27 Dec
Thursday; All had arrived by dinner time with Morrie and Carol arriving a day earlier. Some went off to view the Aratiatia Rapids – some shopped. On arrival all were given a Safari Survival Kit consisting of a rubber band – reminding us to remain flexible, a paper clip – to hold things together, a band aid – to heal hurt feelings, a teabag – to remind us we’re ‘Teariffic,’ a minty – to remind us that we’re worth a mint, a toothpick – to remind us to pick out the good in each other, a straw – to remind us to ‘suck it up,’ a marble – to replace the lost one.
Time for an early night, ready for the trip to Napier. We enjoyed the equestrian centre – a quiet country setting. The weather was great – let’s hope it lasts.
NAPIER 28-29 Dec
Friday; The morning at Taupo dawned bright and clear – what a lovely spot the equestrian centre is!! The trip was trouble free although a bit wet over the hill. The school is a lovely venue – well presented – and very handy to the town centre. The group was joined by more members and visitors. Nineteen vans had arrived by Happy Hour.
Saturday; Some visited the Black Barn market, others cycled various distances. There were people who were happy to sit and catch their breath after busy Xmas celebrations and packing to get away. One couple attended their grandson’s wedding in Havelock North..
The evening saw 36 diners at Napier RSA for a generous buffet, shared with half of Napier it seemed.
Sunday; Several made a stop at the Hawkes Bay Farmers Market at Hastings with much tempting produce on sale, en-route to Porangahau.
PORANGAHAU 30-31 Dec
Sunday: Caravans and motorhomes arrived from all directions, with different GPS systems selecting differing routes. Most people were able to make camp in the orchard area, with plenty of ripe fruit on the trees to sample. The weather was hot and very windy. A few hardy souls took a dip in the swimming pool, and everybody was out and about exploring the excellent grounds and facilities of Chapelwick House.
Afternoon tea at 4.0pm was held in the orchard under the shade of the larger trees. No cell coverage in the area, those few that needed an internet fix or contact with the outside world had to go to Porangahau Beach. An entertaining exhibit game of KUBB was played in the orchard.
The BBQs were out and in use for tonight’s dinner.
Monday - The morning walkers car pooled to the Beach for a brisk walk. The wind picked up during the walk which made it a stiff headwind on the return journey. No morning tea today as about 25 people had booked to go to the Chapelwick House Devonshire Tea at 11.0am. Scones jam and cream with a lovely cuppa tea! One of the owners gave us a great talk on the history and their experiences of Chapelwick House. The original settler family were the Hunters. Then we got to look around downstairs. Upstairs was off limits as they had a full house of guests.
The hot weather started to take its toll in the afternoon, but swimming and croquet still featured. 4.0pm for afternoon tea again in the shade of the orchard trees.
New Years Eve dinner was a Hangi provided by the owners of Chapelwick House. Consisted of lamb, chicken, sausages and selected salads and tasty breads, all produce except the chicken was from their own property. Dinner was able to be held in their courtyard as the wind had finally started to ebb. A few hangers on stayed and chatted with the owners till after 10.0pm.
But a good size group headed for the New Years Eve festivities at the local Duke of Edinburgh hotel. The preferred footwear being red band gumboots. Music was Reggae by a group from Tauranga.
Tuesday - News Years Day. Everyone was up bright eyed and bushy tailed for morning tea and the group photo shoot in our new club jackets. Plenty of New Year hugs. Early departure due to the long run to Riversdale today. There was a bit of discussion about the favoured route and the windy but scenic option won the day for the majority.
We also lost a few campers who were returning home for various commitments.
RIVERSDALE 1-4 Jan
Tuesday; The drive from Porangahau took the better part of the day and pleasing to reach Riversdale, our last stop, for 3 nights and a reprieve for gearboxes. All weary, so communal meal and early night for all.
Wednesday; Morning tea. A relaxing day, with most happy to have a carless day. Quiz No. 2 won by Carol and Judy. We were fortunate to have access to the hall for our ABBA night, communal dining, many laughs and dancing to ABBA made for a happy evening. It was generally decided ‘what a difference a wig makes.’ Finished the evening off with a circle of dancers singing to Sweet Caroline – thanks to Neil Diamond.
Thursday; Morning tea and then Trippers off to Castlepoint on a very windy day.
Friday; Most departed Riversdale for all points of the compass.
A great Safari, enjoyed by all.
RALLY REPORT - Awhitu Presbyterian Camp 9th – 11th November
Friday: The caravans kept rolling in most of Friday afternoon. No sooner had Murray sat down than there was another one at the gate to be parked. ( A very busy time for new rally captains). The afternoon was spent catching up, then happy hour, under the very large outdoor covered area. A very favorable venue that was able to cater for the caravans and with a
pleasant view. The weather was good even if the wind was a bit chilly.
Saturday: The usual keen team headed out for their morning walk. This was followed by morning tea, where competition sheets were handed out and the raffle tickets purchased.
The competition was done at morning tea. There were 25 questions: 10 general knowledge, 5 Sport & 10 Sayings. Even though this was a simple quiz it tested the memory of many.
After lunch we had a competition making whitebait omelettes. This proved very popular. 2 small fry pans were set up on the barbeque and everyone took part in making an omelette. Just a shame they were eaten before they could be seen or judged. This activity took us up to happy hour. We were then served strawberries & cream. We had our entree & dessert. Just a shame nobody supplied the main meal!! After dinner a game of Housie was played – with John doing an expert job of calling.
Sunday: Once again the keen walkers headed out. Then at morning tea the raffle and the lucky caravan were drawn. The sweep stake winner was announced. Lamb chop & Happy bear were given out. We then had a minutes silence and everyone stood to commemorate Armistice Day.
This was a fantastic venue – Thank you
Ngongotaha 19-22 October 2018 .
Friday; 3 early birds arrived on Thursday with the rest arriving during the day on Friday.
Carolyn had a mechanical problem with her ’new’ vehicle which delayed her arrival. We all made the most of the sunshine throughout the weekend with morning teas and happy hours all held outside. Saturday; At morning tea, following the usual sale of raffle tickets and signing the attendance book, we had a quick fire quiz on rivers and from which country they entered the sea.
People then left for sightseeing, shopping, walking, biking around the area, lots to do.
Before Happy Hour we had a Shot Putt Competition, there were only a few takers but still fun.Rugby and Cards occupied the evening.
Sunday; Followed a similar pattern with a Google Quiz then lots of activities around Rotorua. Many took the opportunity to do the Tree Top walk either during the day or at night.
Before Happy Hour we had a competition of Ladder Golf. Greatly enjoyed by all participants.
Thirteen members car-pooled and went to Cobb & Co in Rotorua for dinner.
Monday; morning saw some packing ready for home or elsewhere and after morning tea headed on their way. A group of eleven ’over-stayers’ visited Peter & Colleen's son and family at his lakeside home for lunch and other activities.
Hamilton Rally 21-23 September 2018. Classic Car Museum
Friday 21; We arrived first at about 12-30 to find a number of semi-permanent and casual caravans and campers scattered throughout the available area and it was obvious we would not be able to get all the SACC members in one block. We checked into the museum reception and were given instructions on where to park and some basic rules. We took up a central position, had a coffee in the museum, and as our members arrived we parked them in the available spaces. When there were no more left we had to expand onto the back of the car parking area. One of the permanent residents was in charge of the whole area and we were able to coordinate with him. He did occasional checks of the area keeping all campers to the rules which was good.
By nightfall we had 14 vans parked and had Happy Hour at 4-00 pm. Some of us played cards in caravans during the evening. The traffic on the main street adjacent was noisy, especially one truck who insisted on trying out his engine brakes as he tore past. Suppose he got some pleasures out of that.
Saturday 22; Woke up during the night to rain falling on the roof but by 7-00 am it had ceased and the weather improved as the day progressed. The walkers left at 8-30 and morning tea at 9-30. The committee had a meeting after morning tea and members went off to do various things. Several went off to the caravan show at Mystery Creek, some to the Hamilton Gardens, and others took a tour round the Classic Car Museum. Good reports from everyone on their days activities except that prices have risen markedly on new vans.
hat evening we had host vans for cards.
Sunday 22; In the morning it was walking at 8-30 and morning tea at 9-45.
Orewa 24-26 August 2018 Thursday 23rd
Dawned damp after overnight rain freshened up the flora and fauna, Four couples enjoyed drinks and a chat in the ‘Bach’ (the comfy TV room) to be joined afterwards by visitors from Waiheke Island. So, at the end of Thursday we were five vehicles – visitors out-numbering members by 3 to 2 !!
Friday 24th A miserable night followed – almost constant light rain – but the dawn promised a better day and although cold at times the sunshine held long enough for the arrival of half a dozen members around lunchtime. The search for TV was of prime importance with two games on Saturday and of course, ‘Coro St’ particularly for one. Members and visitors soon started filling the booked sites. Visitors from Riverhead brought the visitor RV’s to seven. Our own vans numbered 16, so the total units to 23. Some members who, for one reason or another were unable to join in with their van for the weekend, visited for a few hours or a day.
Saturday 25th Weather and time limited activities to walking and cycling, visiting local friends and shopping. Arrangements were made for Saturday evening – with a three-way split between in-van rugby viewing, card housie in the Bach and an enjoyable dinner and rugby on the big screen at the Surf Club for 20 of us.
The All Blacks didn’t fall though and neither did the Black Ferns. Both teams had marvelous wins over the Aussies.
Sunday 26th Dawned OK with little or no wind to start and slightly warmer for the walkers. The closing morning tea at 10.00 was held outside.
Athenree Hot Pools 27- 29 July 2018
Friday from 11.00 am the Caravans and Motorhomes kept on rolling in with 17 vehicles at the rally by nightfall and several staying in units. Great to see you Gillian.
Saturday 3 more members arrived before morning tea and during the morning Phil/ Maria (past members )and Raewyn’s sister Glenys arrived for the day. Considering that I had only booked 15 sites, the Camp proprietors managed to find everyone a powered site.
The morning walkers left camp and were back in time for morning tea outside in the sunshine. We all gathered in the BBQ area to enjoy a lovely shared lunch to celebrate Bill & Fay’s 400th Rally.
Eric presented them with a wooden clock, made by a past member Bryan Major, for their Caravan. After lunch everyone either had a rest after too much good food, chatted with members, wandered around the Camp Ground or had a swim in the lovely heated pool. Happy hour was in the games room, where Bill had provided us with a range of beverages.
Thanks Bill& Fay. Dinner, then either Rugby or cards in the games room.
Sunday The usual doings at a early morning tea to finalise the rally. Great weekend, awesome venue, wonderful company
Waiuku Cosmopolitan Club June 29 - July 1 2018
Friday 29th June; A Lovely sunny afternoon till Happy Hour at 4.00 pm when 10 vans had arrived and we went to a room in the Club for a convivial Happy Hour. Three unnamed members shared the bounty of the Cossie club, by partaking of free freshly sliced ham sandwiches, only to find out during consumption of said booty that such culinary delights were only for Waiuku Cossie club members!
As the rally had not officially started the 3 participants could not be considered for Lamb chop, (perhaps in this case Pork chop) so we decide to give them a (dis)honourable, though anonymous, mention in despatches.
Faye won a lamb chop and much more in the Cossie club meat pack raffle.
30th June; Good frost followed by fine sunny day. 3 more Vans arrived in time for Morning tea out in the sun, then cruising the shops, cafes, market and so on with some enjoying a bike ride to Sandspit. Afternoon many again sat in the sun and chatted until happy hour at 5.00pm in the Club. No chance for further transgressions regarding ham sandwiches as there none available. We all had tea at the Club. Lovely buffet for most with some sticky pork ribs also being enjoyed. Some then went back to their Vans to watch rugby, others to play cards or had an early night.
Sunday 1st July; A cloudy and cool morning for everyone to depart after morning tea.