Interest Groups

Interest groups meet weekly, monthly or randomly, and are coordinated by a member with an interest in the activity. Your ideas and help are appreciated to keep these groups vibrant.


Anne Doyle:

Thursday 16 May, 1.30pm

Mahjong will take place on Thursday 16 May at Green Gables, 241 Bridge St.


Warren Dellow:

Tuesday 21 May, 2.45pm

Meet at Warren and Leonie’s house, 171 Panorama Drive, Enner Glynn. The

topic for May is ‘The Golden Hour’. If you are interested in photography, you

are most welcome to come along and see what we do.


Allan Kilner:

Weekly on a Tuesday at 9.30

Rides are emailed on a Friday for the following Tuesday


Sid McDouall:

Meet at 9.30am, walks are one hour (or as you choose). Then coffee and cake!

If seriously wet, just meet for coffee and cake at 10.30am. All walks are flatish.

6 May: Richmond Parks

PARK: Washbourne Gardens, Oxford Street.

COFFEE: Oxford Cafe

13 May: Orphanage Creek

PARK: Saxton Field Netball Courts


20 May: Monaco Circuit

PARK: Brick Eatery

COFFEE: Brick Eatery

27 May: Berryfields

PARK: Alioke

COFFEE: Alioke


Laurie Rothenberg

There will be no bridge in May. Diana Johnson will organise a mid-winter game

on 19 June at the Summer House, Roundhay, with details in next month’s

newsletter. Please contact Diana at with any timing



Derek Newman:

Usually the first Monday of the month


Peter Jamieson

Second quarter dinners are underway. If you have someone who cannot

attend, please email Laurie so we can slot in people on the waiting list.

End-of-year party: Sunday 8 December, 12:30 to 3:30pm.



Tony Elliott:

Usually the last Friday of the month (but not this time!)

The next meeting is Tuesday 7 May, at 2pm, in the Nelson Golf Club Board

Room. Discussion topic: "Why are we short of GP doctors in New Zealand?”

Chris Knight and Rob Riley, with lifetimes of GP experience, will help us look at

the problem.

All those coming will receive a PowerPoint file beforehand containing

information that frames the situation and provides a background to the

discussion. If you can’t get there but would like to see the data and material I

have assembled please let me know.

Join us beforehand, around 12 45 pm for a snack lunch in the Golf Club Cafe.


Heather Heath

Usually the second Tuesday of the month at 3pm

The next meeting is 14 May at Mary Heaphy’s, 180 Moana Road. Mary has

chosen two books:

The Outside Boy, by Jeanine Cummins, and

These Walls Between Us, by Wendy Sanford.



Karen and Louise

Usually the third Wednesday of the month

The next movie night is Wednesday 22 May. If you are interested in being on

the email list, please let Louise or Karen know. As well as new additions, there

may be others who have fallen off the list who wish to be reinstated.

Karen and Louise will email the relevant movies closer to the time. Please let

them know if you would like to join the group for pizza after the movie.


Sally Astridge:

Usually the Wednesday of the week following the Club Meeting.

Wednesday 24 April at 12:00 noon.

This month, the Lunch Bunch will be meeting at The Styx on Wakefield Quay.

Please let Sally know if you’d like to join the group.


Peter Jamieson

Thursday 23 May – Mataki Lodge

Meet at Richmond Aquatic Centre for car-pooling. Departure 8.00am.

Mataki Lodge is the Nelson College outdoor centre. This trip will give you a

chance to see the place and, depending on fitness level, go for one of two walks:

1. Mole tops track - walk up the Jameson ridge track for about an hour to a

lunch point, then back to the lodge by 2:30pm.

2. River walk - we take a short drive further on from the lodge to start. This is

a flat walk along the river to a lunch spot and return to the lodge by


After meeting at Richmond Aquatic Centre, we travel via SH6, Mangles Valley

Road and Tutaki Road South to the Mataki Lodge. We will get to the Lodge

around 10am. It will be open for us to use the facilities, have a good look at the

set up, and have a short briefing on it’s use.

Departure will need to be by 3pm. Depending on the weather, the return could

be via the Braeburn track to Lake Rotoroa. You will need an SUV type vehicle

as there are fords to cross.

Non-walkers are also welcome on this outing– you can relax at the lodge while

others go for a walk. A gold coin donation to Mataki Lodge for the use of the

facilities would be appreciated please.