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April. Entertainment for our 30th Birthday from Hilary, Howard and the Singalong Group

March  Dr John Reynolds, Author and film maker described a stimulating journey through his young life as a teacher in many different sountries.

February: Sean Heenan from Glenbrook Vintage Railway gave us an overview of the Covid setbacks and ongoing revival of the Steam Engine site and various rail trips available in the North Island


November: our Scottish themed finale is the last meeting for 2023, We enjoyed the rousing sound of the bagpipes and Anton's explanation of the history, costume and culture of Highland music, followed by Scottish airs from our own Singalong Group

October: Sarah Freiberg from Harbour Sport gave us good advice on Falls Prevention and had us up and energetic for balance and strengthening exercises

September: Willie Iosia from Blue Light described his Samoan upbringing and his role in assisting at-risk youth

August: Irene Howard described her career with Airport Security. Rob High of NZ Red Cross covered the history & activities of this international organisation

July: The team from Davis Funerals gave a very comprehensive & informative presentation

June: James Duncan from MOTAT gave a lively presentation on Tram history and the beginnings of MOTAT

May: Mary Jones on travel attractions around NZ and Richard Blakeborough from Independent Living had humourous tips on easier living

April: Kay Cossar-Stokes gave a mini talk on her summer trip around Northland. We celebrated our 29th birthday with a Quiz and morning tea of home baking.

March: Brooke van Velden, Deputy Leader of ACT outlined her career in politics and responded to several raised by members issues 

February - Joan summarised her Cruise around the South Is coast in January, and Maria de Jong and Pamela Stone from 'Life Stories' gave fascinating examples of writing Memoir and family history


November: Joan King described her train holiday on the Edmund Hillary Rail Trip, around the South Island. Entertainment to end our busy year  featured our Probus Singing Group led by Hilary and his favourite songs by Howard

October: Karen Kilgour of  Antiques on Parnell gave an interesting outline of her career and showed some of her own favourite pieces. She also shared her specialised knowledge of several interesting items- brought along by members.

September: Jenny Salesa MP outlined recent international conferences she had attended and aid to Tonga post tsunami

August: Janice Chandler, at very short notice, described and displayed the wedding costumes she had bought in Tunisia and Libya

July Meeting: Ted Dickens at the last minute described his many visits to China as a buyer for Farmers Trading Co, 

June Meeting: Mikael Wills gave an insight in,to his AV/internet role on Cruise ships

May Meeting: Norma Pretscherer spoke about life exeriences & her book 'A Skylark Sings'

April Meeting: Hilary and Howard entertained us musically to celebrate our 28th Birthday

March Meeting Graham Walton outlined the History of Eden Park

February Meeting: Kathryn Trounson from BetterNZ spoke on the benefits of EV's 


February Meeting  on Friday 19. The Guest Speaker, Gillian Eade on "Healthy Memory" CANCELLED due to Covid Level 2 restrictions

March Meeting on Friday 19. Following our AGM Howard Wills entertained us with amusing songs from his repertoire,

Dr Ian Alexander gave a fascinating history of Tiritiri Matangi along with superb photographs of the returning birdlife and environmental changes on the Island.  Inspiration for a future Probus trip in the future?

April Meeting on Friday 16.  Our 27th Birthday. Ann Skilling researched and organised a challenging, entertaining Quiz. We enjoyed a lavish morning tea provided by the Committee.

May Meeting on Friday 21. Irene described her recent visit to Culverden and surroundings where she accompanied her son on his stock run.

Julie Chapman spoke on her lifestyle and the reasons she set up and continues to lead Kidscan

June meeting on Friday 18. Elaine Rutherfurd covered her involvement with a Northland Charity, Bald Angels

Anna Crane from Macular DegenerationNZ gave a very insightful presentation on MD, making us more aware of our precious eyesight and ways to preserve it.

July Meeting: Mini speaker was Hilary who described her early years in music and travel. She finished with a beautiful song: My Lagon Love.

Gillian Eadie gave us positive advice on keeping mentally active and developing useful strategies for a healthy memory.

August Meeting: Cancelled

September Meeting: Cancelled

October Meeting: Cancelled

November Meeting: tba


February Meeting

Our Vice President Maureen Reed gave a mini talk on her trip back to the UK late last year. In two weeks she covered Edinburgh, via London, to Geurnsey in the Channel Islands, her birthplace.

The Main Speaker was Geoff Matthews, a school Principal with a passion for bee keeping. He gave fascinating insights into the life of bees, in and out of the hive, and his early experiences which developed into an ongoing busines of honey and beeswax production. We were not only entertained by his presentation but also amusingly informed on his lifelong interest.

Our March April and May Meetings have been cancelled

June Meeting 

Suzanne displayed her beautiful quilts.  We celebrated our 26th birthday with a catered Birthday morning tea. The main topic of the day:  'Lockdown' experiences.

July Meeting

Maureen stood in as mini speaker and described her lifetime hobby of knitting soft toys. She read her poem on Scarecrows Her favourite scarecrow was much admired as it was passed around the audience.

Janice Chandler gave a fascinating glimpse of her travels in Uzbekistan, a history of The Silk Road and a colourful display of the local dress and customs.  Thank you Janice and Dave.


August Meeting


September Meeting


October Meeting

Norma Pretscherer described her family and childhood, growing up in the South Island. She promoted her new book, 'A Skylark Sings'.

Ted Dickens spoke on his career with Farmers. starting as a messenger and achieving  the role of Chief Executive of Merchandise. He told many amusing anecdotes of his years with Farmers.

November Meeting

Mark Solo, guitarist and singer, entertained us with a wide range of songs accompanied by superb guitaring. We finished our year with a catered and delicious morning tea.