Kapiti Golden Group AGM 2016.

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This is the first post on this blog since February 2015, sadly the current committee do not publish any news/ views or member suggestions.

Next week is the 2016 AGM and a lot of things are going to be changed, primarily the Constitution.

We have been informed that a rise in subscription fees, from $15 to $2o, will be implemented, and we have already been denied a dollar subsidy on our lunches, something that has been in place since Lance Drummond left the group some money for their enjoyment.

Seems strange that it is deemed appropriate to spend money on legal fees to change the Constitution, but not give  members a subsidy on a luncheon. To the majority of members a dollar off a meal was the only benefit they got from the money left to them, but now even that is denied.

If elected I will make it my duty to stop the unnecessary financial  burdens being forced upon you, especially when there are ample funds left in the account, which is supposed to be for your enjoyment. Subscriptions will stay at $15 and the $1 dollar subsidy reinstated on the luncheons.

Some of the proposals in the new constitution are aimed at stopping free speech, something that all democratically elected nations hold as paramount.

Voting will also be different, when I was President the committee introduced a Secret Ballot for the election of Officers and Committee, this is another essential ingredient in a free and democratic society.

Using the voice system, where the ones who shout the loudest win, or the intimidation method of the show of hands, where you feel you need to support a friend, when you don’t really agree with their viewpoint, these methods are out of date. The Secret Ballot option is the only fair way to get a proper result, having impartial adjudicators checking and counting the voting papers.

The new rules for Proxy votes gives the President the power to say he has verbally received proxy votes. So he could just stand up and say he has received 20 proxy votes for himself. This situation should not and can not be allowed, giving power to one person to control who gets elected. Proxy votes need to signed and dated by the person making the vote, and should be checked for validity by two impartial scrutineers before being put in the voting box.

Look forward to meeting you all at the AGM, and lets hope it will be a fair and proper election process, with all relevant amendments contained in the proposed Constitution being debated and voted on individually.  These new rules can not implemented wrapped up in one package, using just one vote to accept or reject the proposal in its entirety.

You will note that the Secret Ballot method of voting is NOT an option in the proposed revised Constitution. No matter the result of this Constitutional vote, the current version will still be in force for this election, and we can exercise our right to request a Secret Ballot;

Rule 23 C states ‘On a request by three or more members present, the vote shall be taken by secret ballot.’


Pete Robbins




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


Merry Christmas.

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Merry Christmas to the Golden Group:

If you see a fat man, who’s jolly and cute, wearing a beard and a red flannel suit, Kapiti Golden Group


And if he’s laughing and chuckling away Kapiti Golden Group while riding around in a snow-covered sleigh

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with eight splendid reindeer to pull him along, while he sings a Christmas song; Kapiti Golden Group

you are probably drinking and wearing a funny hat,

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and think you can see five festive cats;

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Have a great Christmas, and a prosperous New Year, 2015.


From your Committee




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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November Luncheon.

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Hi Guys,

There were 88 members attending the November luncheon, another solid attendance figure, checking our records, this year has been the best, with more people coming than we were used to.

Our speaker this month was Dave Robertson from the Citizens Advice Bureau, and what a good presentation he gave us, some really useful information about what is free for us to use. This includes getting a Justice of the Peace to sign documents, to fifteen free minutes with a solicitor. Not to mention how to go about getting purchasing problems sorted, the difference between an Estimate, and a Quote. Sounds like we need to get quotes every time. Just click here for the website for more information.

The Christmas Dinner has been well supported, and I do understand that some of our older members are unable to drive at night. The new venue of Southwards is a step up in class for us, and I am certain everyone will enjoy their evening. I remember when we first used the Golf Club as a venue, there was a certain amount of trepidation, but it turned out really well. The forced change to Southwards will also be a good move, it is advertised as one of the best venues in the district. It is also BYO, and everyone will receive an arrival drink, and another surprise during the evening. We also have live entertainment, so just sit back, relax and enjoy the occasion.

The trip to the Coromandel left the Kapiti Club this morning, and we wish them well, and know that they will all enjoy a good week. To all the members who will not be at the Christmas Dinner,the Committee wish you a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Merry Christmas


Golden Group. October Luncheon.

Kapiti Golden Group         Pub Charity



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.


Kapiti Golden Group. August Luncheon.

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Hi guys a quick report on t he August luncheon where we had 84 people attending and enjoying an excellent lunch. As promised by Kapiti Club General Manager Rick Durey,  we had fresh vegetables to compliment the meats of Pork and Beef. If you were one of the people who said that they would be there and did not attend you missed a great meal.

Hope you all enjoyed the montage of pictures from the Mid Winter Dinner and the trip to Time Cinema that was running  for about an hour. Thanks To Harry for all the photography, he has recovered from his surgery and went back to work, so no pictures of this months luncheon. I can not find a recent picture of Harry, so this is what he looked like way back.


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Harry when he was younger


A big thank-you to sisters Noeleen Gatfield and Shirley Main for taking care of the tea and coffee service, it was very much appreciated.

Jenny our Almoner reported that Ngaire Dodd has still not recovered from a bad bout of the flu. It would be nice if some of her friends in the group could call Ngaire, 902 2794 and wish her well, and we hope to see her next month.

Lynne provided a special mystery prize in the Raffles this month, the contents sounded really scrumptious, well done Lynne.

Joy reminded us that the member list is full and that there are people on the waiting list who cannot wait to join us.

Our speakers were from the Friends of Animals Charity, they have a shop at 11 Maclean Street Param, staffed by volunteers. Please call in to see them and say hello. Shop manager is Gennie Tieman, Ursula Scott the secretary and Rachel Oliver the chairperson. Thanks to Joy for arranging this presentation, the ex-committee member who had all the speaker information took it all with her when she left.

We thank the ladies for their time, and who knows maybe someone in the group could find some time to help them out. Thanks must also go to everyone who put something in the money-box which was handed around the room. This is a link to their website;


The annual trip to the Coromandel has 31 people booked on the bus so far, so if you want to go you had better speak to Lorraine Scanlon quickly before the remaining places are snapped up.

I would like to congratulate all the committee members for delivering such a good performance today, especially as we were short-staffed, but we all pulled together and it worked well, well done Team.

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Trip to Time Cinema.

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Hi Guys, just a quick blog to report on our recent Bus trip to the Time Cinema in Lyall Bay. Gill Graham could not have picked a better day to go to the cinema, it was raining cats and dogs outside, while we were immersed in the quaint and cosy atmosphere of, Yesterday again today. If you have not visited this attraction you have no idea what you are missing.

Our hosts were John & Margaret Bell, owners and operators of this wonderful establishment.Time Cinema 1Time Cinema 12

The Entrance to adventure, and Margaret serving Morning Tea. ( unfortunately the picture of John was not good)

Following morning tea we were treated to an assortment of old news reels, advertisements, a Donald Duck cartoon, and a performance from the Henry Rudolph Singers.


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There was then an Interlude, and lunch was served, an eye pleasing array of sandwich’s, hot chicken and accompaniments, followed by tea and cakes, absolutely lovely.

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The main film was then shown, Casablanca, in black and white, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. I have seen this movie many times, on TV, but this was the first time on the big screen. It was a great film and much appreciated by all of the Golden Group.



Of all the gin joints, in all of the world, you had to walk into mine. Here’s looking at you kid. 

So if you were not on this trip, you missed a great Golden Group day out, we had a wonderful time. Gill is a great trip organizer so make sure you book for the next trip.

We were taken on this trip by Dave, owner / operator of Coast Coachlines, in his new Bus, thanks Dave, everyone loved the experience of the new Bus.

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If you are reading this and would like to visit the Time Cinema please contact John & Margaret Bell,

Phone 04 934 8463

Mobile 027 449 9345

email john@timecinema.com  

and in the pic above are the contact details of Coast Coachlines.  coastcoachlines@clear.net.nz 

The Golden Group can recommend both of these companies for excellent service and affordability.





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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