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This is the first post on this blog since February 2015, sadly the current committee do not publish any news/ views or member suggestions.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hands, where you feel you need to support a friend, when you don’t really agree with their viewpoint, these methods are out of date.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




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, 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.


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.

To Start

Pumpkin &  Kumera soup – cinnamon and ginger cream
Warm bread roll.
                                From the buffet
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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October Luncheon 2012





President Lorraine

Hi Guys,

Our monthly report of whats been happening and what is about to happen, exciting isn’t it.

At our October luncheon there were 90 members attending, plus two guests, I trust everybody had an enjoyable time.

Our speaker was Ken, one of the top bods from Mana Coaches. Ken spoke to us about the difficulties and pleasures of making sure we all had our buses at the correct place at the correct time, not an easy task by the sound of it. Ken certainly enjoyed his work and communicated well with the members of our group, he was well received.

At question time Ken handled a number of queries concerning actual bus routes, and why they did not operate down the streets that people wanted them to. The simple answer to the questions was that the Bus Company did not arrange the routes, Mana were told where they would operate by the officious people at K.C.D.C. This is the second month in a row where the council has had to shoulder the responsibility for not doing want the people of the area want them to do. Perhaps you should all remember that come the next local elections.

President Lorraine reminded us all that we should have contact numbers in our mobile phones, in case of emergency. These names should be entered into your phone under ICE, because the emergency services people and the Police have been trained to check your  phone for ICE numbers, so that they can quickly and easily contact your nearest and dearest, if you are Hospitalized.

You should also have your contact number for your Doctor, and next of Kin, your name and phone number, and address on the back of your Golden Group name badge. Please ensure this information is updated, Thanks.

I am also going to send out an email about recognizing the first signs of a Stroke, something that we should all be aware of, so please take note.

Bus Trip to Trash Palace






President Lorraine

Our recent Bus Trip to Trash Palace was a resounding success,  our roving reporter was President Lorraine:

” It was a great trip to Trash Palace. On arrival we were taken across the road to Poly Palace. This was extremely interesting . We were told just how long it takes for polystyrene i.e. 100 years to break down in a tip and the cost involved is enormous. This guy who owns and operates everything is like a mad scientist – He has invented all sorts of ways of using waste products. e.g. He has made great garden pots out of washing machine bowls with recycled polystyrene.
He gets lots of scrap polystyrene from people taking rubbish loads to the tip. He has invented an amazing lot of machinery to crush and recycle all the scrap. He is making underfloor installation,  seeds boxes and many other products that are sold rather than being dumped in the tip.
We were informed of many fact and figures. which really impressed me ..So much so that when I unpacked a new microwave at the weekend I could not bring myself to put all the Polystyrene in the wheelie bin and I am taking it down to Poly Palace tomorrow and perhaps I can get some more facts for you.
After that we went across the road to smash palace where there is the largest lot of recycled products I have every seen. People drop of items on the way to the tip. There is everything from toys and books to lounge suites all sort of furniture ideal for people setting up flat. We were given a tour around the place and told about the work that goes on there They have a large staff that repairs things and anything not suitable for sale is dismantled and all parts are recycled . They are employing  people who enjoy having some work. And everything is sold at very reasonable prices. Although the place is a bit dusty we did enjoy wandering around looking at everything. and it is certainly a place to go to if you looking for the odd door handle, perhaps a plate from a dinner set . I think you could probably find anything at all there, and it is all sorted into sections. I think we all found it interesting even though it was very cold. I know several of our group who bought things, and were very happy with their purchases.”
Thanks for that report Lorraine, you are so good at it next time we will give you a camera so that you can take some pictures.
That was the last Bus Trip of the year, and thanks to Nancy de Louw for her wonderful organisation for this years trips. All that we have left for this year is the Luncheons for October and November, followed by the Christmas Dinner in December.
There will be a notice on the board at the October luncheon announcing the Christmas Dinner and a sheet for people to put their names down, so don’t mess about get your name down. It would be good if we could get the Entire Golden Group Together at least once this year, so drop everything and get your name on the list.



September Luncheon 2012

Hi Guys, welcome to this months report, and what a good luncheon we had this month, after the hiccup last time when the kitchen ran out of food for the last 6 members. The people concerned had a half price this time around, so we hope that everyone was satisfied with this result. There were 89 members attending, two of these did not have lunch, for some strange reason. Apologies to those members who could not get Raffle tickets, as they were all sold out. We need to find a method to gauge how many raffles to have according to how many members will be attending. The committee are working on it.


President Lorraine spoke about her disappointment that the number of people who have suddenly cancelled their places for the New Plymouth trip. With these people now not going it makes it very hard for us to fund this trip as the bookings are all for certain numbers at the Motel, restaurants Etc, where we were getting a discount for a large group. These discounts do not apply if there are fewer people in the group. President Lorraine has embarked on a crusade to get some people from outside of our group to make up the number and allow this trip to proceed. A number of groups have been approached and offered a seat on our bus for the trip, this would be an exceptionally good deal for them.

If there are any of you or people you know who would like to go on this trip please contact President Lorraine as soon as possible. Phone 049025269  or email: lorraines@clear.net.nz


Our speaker this month was Gus Evans, from his nursery in Waikanae, he told us a great deal of useful information about our gardens and plants and how to look after them. Gus delivered his speech with lots of humor, and was very entertaining. The nursery now sells plants in little single bio-degradable peat pots, so you are not forced into buying a punnet of six of everything. What a great idea, so next time you are looking for some color in your garden, go speak to Gus, he will look after you.

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Gus was particularly incensed with a new pamphlet put out by Kapiti Coast District Council concerning trees in Kapiti. It now appears that lots of native tress, like Pohutakawa, Kauri and Puriri are now at the mercy of the chain saw gangs, unless they have attached to them an official plastic protected tree marker. So much for the Council looking after our native environment !!

We will once again this year be hosting our Christmas function at the Paraparaumu Golf Club, the date is set for  the                         5th December so mark it down in your diaries. We had a great time last year with 87 members attending, we will be taking names at next months luncheon, so keep a look out for the notice on the board. The cost has not been agreed yet, but be sure that your committee are working hard to get the best deal we can.