February Luncheon.

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Hi Guys,

February luncheon was quite fun, we had no speaker for this month, so we were entertained by Lin Tansley, playing a medley of sing-along songs, which everyone really enjoyed. Thanks to Ngaire Dodd for distributing the song sheets.

There were 88 members attending this month, and for some unknown reason it seemed that we were all squeezed in, I will have to speak to the President about the tables lay-out !!!

Our regular tea-ladies, Noleen Gatfield and Shirley Main could not be with us this month, Hilda Neil and Colleen Farron stepped in to help out, thank you ladies your assistance was greatly appreciated.

Judy Bismark read out a letter she had sent to the committee regarding her great time on the Coromandel trip, and there was also a letter read out, from Shirley Rowe, she enjoyed the Christmas Dinner at Southwards. It is always great to receive written complements about the trips and the Committee.

We were informed that Jim McKenzie, the originator of the Golden Group as a non-profit making organisation, has moved to the South Island, Invercargill, to be nearer his family. We wish Jim all the best, and will be keeping in touch to let him know what’s happening.

Next month is the AGM, and everyone is entitled to vote for the Officers and Committee, and of course the present incumbents hope you will return them to office, so that we can continue to carry out the good work of helping the members to enjoy themselves, at the luncheons and all the trips. Remember the meal price was increased at the beginning of February, but we held the price to members down for this month but March onwards, cost to you will be $14. Annual Subs have been held at $15, and must be paid by April. If you intend not to rejoin could you please lets us know, so that we can contact the people who are on the waiting list.

I mentioned the fact that Wendy and I had been blessed with our second great grand-child, a bonny baby boy named Jesse.

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Jesse & Me



Golden Group Christmas Dinner 2014

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Last Wednesday we held the Golden Group Christmas Dinner, at Southwards. The venue provided an excellent evening, with round tables so that it was easy to speak to everyone on your table.

The table settings and decorations were complements of Joy Ellis, who made everything herself, they looked fantastic. Thank you to everyone who either sent a message or phoned to say what good time they had.

Merry Christmas Everyone

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A glass of bubbly or non alcoholic drink, served by Santa, started the proceedings, and everyone also received an early Christmas present.

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The meal was excellent, with Turkey, Ham, Roast Potatoes, and Pumpkin +Veggies and salad, condiments of mustard, cranberry sauce and gravy. To follow was Christmas pudding, custard, fruit salad and ice-cream. Tea and Coffee to finish off.

This had been prepared and cooked for us by David, helped by his assistant Wendy;

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The music for the evening was provided by Colin and Michelle, who serenaded us while we dined. At the end of the evening they also sang some Christmas Carol’s.

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At the mid-way point of the evening we had a Lucky Number draw, with three winners on each table. This fun entertainment idea came from Joy Ellis, who arranged everything herself. Joy also gave a birthday gift to the people who were celebrating their birthday this month, thanks Joy for being so generous.

Below are some pictures of the members, if you are not on here you must have been in the Loo.


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Pub Charity Coromandel Trip.

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The annual Pub Charity trip, this year to the Coromandel, was again a great success, and a good time was had by all.

On Monday 10th November the Peka Peka bus, driven by Dennis, left the Kapiti Club on time, to head out towards Rotorua. Lunch was a pre-ordered sandwich at The Mustard Seed Café, in Turangi.

The bus arrived in Rotorua and the evening was spent at the Rotovegas Motel, the group enjoyed a good meal and relaxed after a long day travelling.

Tuesday morning was spent at the Butterfly House, what colorful creatures they are;

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Lunch was taken at the Rapaura Water Gardens, with lovely views of the waterfalls, and a guided bush walk.

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The group then spent two nights at the Anchor Lodge in Coromandel township, starting with a few relaxing drinks.


Wednesday 12th started with a ride on The Driving Creek Railway & Pottery, the train is in a one hour trip that passes through the Kauri forests. Pottery was available for purchase for those who wished to take home a souvenir.

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Next was the Coromandel Stamper Battery, a quartz stamper that was more than 100 year-old.

A drive to historic Whitianga on Thursday morning, this area has been continuously occupied for more than a thousand years, since Maori explorer Kupe’s Tribe settled there.

The group spent some time shopping then had dinner at Whitianga Club, which was a lovely roast pork meat with veggies, followed by apple pie and ice cream.

Friday morning the group went to Flax Mill Bay, having lunch at Eggsentric Café, and then visiting Cooks Beach.

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In the afternoon there was a swim trip to the thermal waters of The Lost Spring. The pools are filled 100% pure mineral thermal waters flowing from a spring 600 meters below the earth’s surface.These pools are surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna, and an event not to be missed. In deference to the rules of modesty no pictures were taken of anyone in swimming attire.

Saturday heading back to Taupo staying overnight at the Lakeland Resort.They went to the R.S.A. in the evening for a good buffet meal, and enjoyed the entertainment, with singing and dancing, a good time was had by all.

Sunday returning to home, stopping at Taihape for lunch at the Soul Café. Everyone enjoyed their trip, which was part sponsored by Pub Charity, we greatly appreciate their assistance.

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Thanks to Joy Ellis and Jenny Livingston for providing pictures and information for this article.



Golden Group. October Luncheon.

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Hi Guys, what a great day we had for the October Luncheon, beautiful sunshine on the Kapiti Coast.


We had 83 members and guests enjoying the lunch, and friendship within our group, and a good time was had by all who attended. Our speaker this month was Alan Milne, who was Mayor of Kapiti from October 2001 through to October 2007, and from 2011 was Chairman for some time at Friendship Force International.

Alan told us some interesting stories about his travels around the world with the Friendship Force, and how he and Mary coped with the various cultures and customs they encountered. Thank you Alan for a very informative and interesting presentation, and pleased that you able to meet some old friends of yours who are in our group.

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Alan & Mary as Mayor and Mayoress of Kapiti / photo KCDC.

All the details are being finalised for the Annual Pub Charity event, to the Coromandel.  We have heard today that our application to Pub Charity for a donation for transport costs has been accepted, this is a wonderful piece of news for the Golden Group, and especially those members who are going on the trip.

I would like to offer my thanks to Pub Charity for helping our group of elderly folks to really enjoy this trip, something that they could not do alone. Our thanks also go to the patrons of the Family Hotel Otaki and The Pinetree Arms in Paraparaumu who are local partners who operate the Pub Charity gaming machines that generated the funds we have received.

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The Christmas dinner at Southwards on the 3rd December will be upon us very quickly, and thank you to the people who have already put their names on the sheet. Next months luncheon will be the cut-off date, and also the payment date for this event, so if you have not done so already please add your name to the list, and support the Golden Group. Friends and guests are welcome, but they will have to pay $30, not our subsidised rate of $25. Southwards offer the most professional conference and event facilities on the Kapiti Coast, so come along and enjoy the experience.

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That’s all for this month, look forward to greeting you all to the November Luncheon.




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Golden Group, September Luncheon.

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Hello Golden Group,


Wednesday’s luncheon at the Kapiti Club was a great success, with 90 members attending, but a couple who do not have lunch. The meal this month was again excellent with two roast meats and plenty of fresh vegetables.

The kitchen was under pressure, due to illness, both Kerry and Lynne are down with the flu, and we wish them a speedy recovery. Our cook this month was Tanya, assisted by Maree and  the crew. Rick, the General Manager was behind the bar for a while, as Maree was helping Tanya. It all turned out OK and a good meal was enjoyed by all.

I did receive a complaint from a table of ladies that said they had been last to be called, again. The number calling is random, and I hope they get an early call next month.

Our speaker was Mick Peryer from Waikanae Estuary Bird Tours, assisted by his wife Moira. After some teething troubles with the screening equipment Mick delivered a very entertaining and humorous  talk, with pictures of the bird and animal life that exist in the  Waimanu Lagoons of the Scientific Reserve.

Mick has written a new book entitled Whatever Next, More Tales from Waikanae Estuary. I have read the book this morning and found it delightful. It comes with foreword from our Mayor Ross Church, and I agree with his assessment that you can recommend this book to anyone, and they will enjoy it.

Mick also writes a newsletter, you can read all about it at www.kapitibirdtours.co.nz (you may need to copy and pate this into your browser)

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Mick Peryer

This month we will be applying to Pub Charity to a donation towards the travel costs for our Annual Trip, please keep your fingers crossed.


That’s all for this month, see you in October. Don’t forget to put your name on the list for our Christmas Dinner, at Southwards on Wednesday December 3rd, at 6 pm. There will be live entertainment, and a good time can be guaranteed, the venue is BYO.


July Mid-Winter Luncheon.

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Hi Guys,

The Mid-Winter luncheon went extremely well, a few minor hiccups, but over-all it was very well received. There were 89 members eating lunch, with a couple who were just along to meet up with friends and enjoy the entertainment.

The superb table arrangements were expertly made and set for us by Joy Ellis, they looked absolutely marvelous, the first thing you saw when walking in the room. Thanks Joy.

We had a lovely three course meal of soup, which was delivered to the table, followed by mains of  Turkey / Ham, with seasonal vegetables including potatoes. Desert was Christmas Pudding accompanied by Brandy custard.

The entertainment was Poetry and Pantomime.

Gill Graham recited the poem “T’was the night before Christmas”  which was highlighted by Christmas characters flitting around the room, much to the delight of many members. It was certainly a fun event, thanks Gill, and all the Pantomime performers, for making it so enjoyable.

Below are a selection of photo’s taken during the day by Harry, our official photographer; All 100 photo’s will be on display at next months luncheon.

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Golden Group June Luncheon. A Sunny Winters Day Downunder.

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Hi Guys, what a wonderful winters day, we had 78 members attending today, which was a great turn-out considering the amount of people who are down with the flu. Poor Lyn Tansley was one of those suffering from the flu, and then she unfortunately fell over at home and sustained a head injury. She was taken to hospital, and we all trust that it is nothing too serious, and wish her a speedy recovery.

Another member in hospital is Nancy de Lowe, she is awaiting a hip operation, so get well soon Nancy and we hope to see you soon back in the Golden Group.

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Nancy de Louw, happy in her boating gear.

Our excellent bus trip to Ashhurst, was made all the sweeter as we received a donation from image001  to go towards the cost of our transport. We truly appreciate the assistance they have given us in the past and look forward to continuing our good relationship.

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A few pictures of the last bus trip taken by Ian Simpson.

Trip organizer Gill Graham reported they all had a great day and if you were not lucky enough to get on that trip Gill is organizing a another trip for July. We will visit Time Cinema in Lyall Bay and watch a great old movie, along with other things which Gill has in mind for us to do. You had better book early for this trip as the seating in the cinema is limited, don’t miss out on another great day out.

Next month is our Mid Winter special luncheon, a three course meal and a glass of wine for $18, this will be a great event so make sure your diary is clear, 2nd July. Here is the Menu.

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Pumpkin &  Kumera soup – cinnamon and ginger cream
Warm bread roll.
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Roast Turkey Roll – Sage & onion stuffing
Ham off the bone – marmalade and honey glaze
Roast potatoes
Green beans – lemon butter
Carrots with peas or broccoli
Mustard & Cranberry Jelly

Warm Plum pudding – rum and vanilla custard 
Ice cream & fruit salad

The Christmas Dinner in December will be held at Southwards Museum, a new venue for us, but the same caterer as we had used for the last couple of years. Southwards is very user friendly, where you drive you car up to the front door to unload your passengers, before you park the car. There is also a lift to the first floor restaurant, and another bonus, they are BYO. We will be talking this over in committee, as well as booking some entertainment. The suggestion at the moment is to have a live Jazz band playing. I will keep you informed.

Lorraine’s annual trip is well on the way, with a small waiting list ready to snap up any places that become vacant. If you would like to put your name on the 6 day trip to the Coromandel Peninsula, please speak to Lorraine, she would happy to hear from you.


April 2013 Luncheon. 1st Event This Year

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Welcome to everyone to this latest blog post of the Kapiti Golden Group.

The year started off marvelously with 97 people attending the April luncheon, more people than we were expecting., but no problem for our efficient team. An extra table was quickly laid and everyone was comfortably accommodated.

Our speaker was the pleasantly amusing and very informative Beverley Cathcart, QSM, JP. Beverly had worked as Executive Officer, Functions and Protocol for the New Zealand Parliament.

During her 28 years in Parliament Beverley worked with nine different Prime Ministers, providing International and National protocol advice. She revealed in her presentation many amusing incidents involving some very high profile dignitaries. These stories were for our ears only, so I will not put any of the details here in print, suffice to say we all enjoyed listening to them. Thank You Beverley and Robin. Robin is Beverley’s husband and he accompanied her at the luncheon, a very interesting person in his own right.

President Lorraine explained the changes to the committee and the new members, including the Vice-President John O”Leary and secretary Kerry O’Leary. It is the first time for a while that all seven places have been filled on the committee. The jobs have moved around a bit with Miriam now arranging the speakers, and Kerry will handle the raffles.

Our next bus trip will be to the Ohau area, unfortunately for members who did not put their names on the list, the trip is full. A good time is expected for all members who make the trip. Our recent request for suggestions for places to visit on our trips this year has gleaned some good idea’s, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for when the trips are announced. Nancy does a great job in organising these events and it is good to see such a great response from you all.

President Lorraine will be organising another of her one week away trips this year, this time we will be going to the Napier area.  Interested ? You can put your name on the list right now and we will keep you informed of the actual places we will visit, and where we will eat, as the information becomes available. Be warned !!!  there are only 32 seats available on the bus for this wonderful trip, so be in quick to reserve your seat for the extravaganza.

The dates to put in your diary are;  leaving on Monday 11th November  from the Kapiti Club and will return on Friday 15th November.

Christmas Dinner 2012

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 President Lorraine

We had 71 members and guests attending the Kapiti Golden Group Christmas Dinner on Wednesday 5th of December at the Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club. A really splendid evening was enjoyed by all, and if you were not there you definitely missed out on a great event.

As usual at our meetings we were entertained at the start of the evening, during the social half hour, by Ms Lin Tansley, playing a selection of our favourite tunes on the piano, it was greatly appreciated by all.

During the evening we had a couple of games of heads or tails, to win a bottle of wine. Everybody stood up and had to decide wether to put their hands on their heads, or on their bums. On the toss of a coin either all the heads people or the tails people sat down. This was continued until there was only one left standing. First winner was Errol Fincher, and the second winner was Fran Dockerty. I hope they both enjoyed the wine.

I called the table numbers for dinner, and in a strange twist to the norm I provided two bottles of wine to be presented to the last table called. This ensured that the last table would not complain about being last. To safeguard security, and me being accused of any bias, Wendy pulled the numbers from a hat, and the last number out was #8. The people on the table enjoyed a very merry evening, they were, Colin Howland, Gwen Morrison, Rex Ford, (Dorothy could make the dinner due to illness) Jan Needham, Ginny de Jong, Germaine Chu and Edith Russell.

Posted below are a selection of the pictures taken during the evening.

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November Luncheon & New Plymouth Trip

Hi Guys, a quick report on our November luncheon, and a few words and pictures from the successful, Pub Charity sponsored trip to New Plymouth.

We had 83 members and one guest, Ngaire Green, attending the November luncheon, Ngaire has now completed an application for membership, so we should see her at next years events.  Our speaker this month was  Nina Hanley, who gave us an insight into how our Government Health Ministry works and thinks. Most of what Nina had to inform about was really depressing for a lot of our members, like if you are fat, a smoker and take no exercise, your chances of receiving lifesaving surgery are greatly diminished. The New Zealand government are looking to run the health service as a business  and as such have appointed business people to make the necessary changes. The perfect scenario for a profitable hospital requires that it is situated in an area of 3 million people, this actually means that the North Island should have only 1 hospital for the entire region, and the South Island only qualifies for half a hospital. The driving force behind these figures is the availability of suitably qualified doctors, surgeons and nurses to cover the needs of all the different areas of nursing. What that means to you is that the best surgeon to carry out your operation may not be working in your local area. To get the best people to look after you, they need to be in one place. Scary thinking, isn’t it. I now know why Wendy did not receive the best surgery available, and had to put up with second class attention to detail from her Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Andrew Simmons.

The Christmas Dinner, at Paraparaumu Golf Club, is on the 5th December, commencing with a social half hour beginning at 6.00 pm, and dinner at 6.30 pm. I am not sure why we only have 50% of our members attending this function, Paraparaumu Golf Club is the only function room big enough to seat our group. We were there last year and it was a wonderful affair, good food and elegantly decorated tables, arrangements courtesy of  our committee member Miriam Taylor. If any of our members can procure a better venue please inform the committee, so that we can assess  your suggestion.

Our annual Pub Charity sponsored event was a trip to New Plymouth, and as President Lorraine reported everything turned out great. The weather was really good until the Saturday they were leaving, and by then no one cared if it was pouring it down because they we all sitting on the bus.

During this trip our group  met with some wonderful people at the Clubs they visited, and have arranged reciprocal visits to see us in the future. Our group were treated to  tours of some beautiful gardens, and came away with lots of new ideas for their own gardening projects.

One notable highlight of the trip was the boat trip to see the seals, everyone agreed it was an amazing experience. As the Chaddy’s  Boat set sail, the wind came up making the sea extremely choppy. The sea was breaking over the bow of the boat, and a few members got a soaking. They were all perfectly safe, wearing their brightly colored life vests.  It appears that there were two different camps, those who were laughing at being tossed around like a cork on the ocean, and those who screaming. It was something that none of the group would have attempted on their own, being together on an organised trip is really something special for us older folk. The soaking meant everyone had to return to the Flamingo Motel to get changed into some dry clothes, for lunch. President Lorraine was happy that all the meals on this trip were superb, all the lunches and evening meals were excellent and it was assumed that most members would have put on a little weight on this trip. The visit to the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, an attraction recommended by Richard Benge, the executive director of Arts Access Aotearoa , was a an interesting and thought-provoking experience. Thanks must go to President Lorraine for her excellent organisation and arranging skills, she has also asked me to mention the great help she received from Hilda Neal and Nancy de Lowe. Thanks  also of course to Pub Charity, who have once again sponsored our worthy cause. The picture below is an example of the wonderful exhibits to experience at the gallery .

The picture below is of one of the wonderful exhibits for visitors to experience at the gallery.















Another really fun trip was the scenic steam train tour of the countryside around Waitara with The Waitara Railway Preservation Society . Ken the conductor on the train was a really friendly fellow, as this picture taken with Hilda shows:







These pictures of the trip of our members are from the camera of Lynn Cook, these are taken on the much enjoyed Chaddy’s Charters boat, thank you Lynn for being our roving photographer on this trip.


There are many more photographs from this trip, and they will be displayed on the big screen at our next luncheon, something to look forward to. See you at  the Christmas Dinner on 5th December.