JOIN PROBUS TODAY!
AUS: 1300 630 488    NZ: 0800 1477 6287

Probus Hobsonville - Speaker Programme 2022/2023

 

Month Name Organisation
September 2022 Pam Elgar Make-A-Wish Foundation
 October 2022  Kayleen Smith  Love To Move
 November 2022  New World  Morning tea with the team
 December 2022  Christmas Lunch  Hobsonville Bowling Club
 January 2023  Veronique Guilloteau  Brainfit Coach
 February 2023  Winifred Henderson  Dementia Auckland
 March 2023  AGM & St Patricks Day  
 April 2023  Frank Snell & Melissa Bryant  Hobsonville Glasses & Gifts
 May 2023  Bob Jessopp  Film Maker & Editor
 June 2023  Jan Beaumont  Poet
 July 2023  Mid-Winter Lunch  
     
     
     
     
     

 

19 September  2022– Pam Elgar, ONZM, Make-A-Wish Foundation

Make-A-Wish New Zealand has been in operation since 1986 when a team of New Zealanders were inspired by what they had heard of Make-A-Wish in the USA.  Make-A-Wish is an international wish granting organisation who create life changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.  It is their vision to grant the wish of every eligible child.  Pam will share detail about this very special organisation, their amazing work, and the difference they make to wish children and their families.

 

Pam Elgar, ONZM, is of Nga Ruahine, Nga Ruanui, Te Atiawa descent.  She is currently CEO of Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Zealand.  Previously she has worked as CEO of Surf Life Saving Northern Region, Interim GM Diabetes Auckland and Interim GM Alzheimer’s Auckland and many years in retail banking for both National Bank and then ANZ.  Prior to that she worked for over a decade in the public sector.  In her various leadership roles, she has been a strong supporter of diversity and inclusion and has worked to reflect high quality service to their customers based on equity principles. 

 

Outside of her professional life Pam has had a long commitment to volunteering most recently expressed through 10 ½ years on the International Board of Field Hockey and President of Oceania Hockey Federation. Other governance roles include Auckland Restorative Justice Trust, July 2012, and Presbyterian Support Northern Region since November 2020.  She was a recent recipient of the Officer or New Zealand Order of Merit ONZM in Queens’ Birthday honours for her services to Hockey and Women.

 

17 October 2022 – Kayleen Smith, Love to Move

Kayleen Smith is a qualified Personal Trainer.  Her journey over recent years has taken her from being mildly active and overweight to now having the energy to do anything she chooses, including completing several half marathons. Her experience has proven that you can do anything you put your mind to. She is a mother and grandmother yet feels like she is a 40-year-old again!  In 2019 Kayleen completed her personal training qualifications, and her passion is to help people to improve their activity and health so they can also enjoy a higher quality of life as they age. Kayleen operates out of a home-based studio in Hobsonville Point.  She also takes exercise classes at retirement villages.  Come prepared for this meeting in your trainers and exercise clothes!

 

21 November 2022- Simone Ford – Owner – New World Hobsonville & Team

 

Providing great value, amazing fresh food and excellent customer service is the top priority for the 80 strong team. Hobsonville is a busy and diverse community, so Simone and her team have put a lot of thought into making sure they have everything right here and ready to go, whatever the need or occasion.  The highly skilled team include experts in fresh foods including produce, butchery, bakery, seafood, and deli.  Simone is a passionate foodie and community supporter.  Come and enjoy morning tea on New World, chat with club members and guests, and speak directly with the New World team about any questions you may have, club card details, how to save $$ etc; this will be followed by our club meeting.

 

12 December 2022 – Christmas Lunch

 

16 January 2023– Brainfit Coach – Veronique Guilloteau

Veronique has seen first-hand the devastating effects of stress, age and disease on the brain and memory.  She is now putting her skills as a psychologist to good use.  She runs Brainfit classes, helping adult New Zealanders to understand that getting older doesn’t have to go hand in hand with memory loss and that the sooner you start strengthening your brain, the better.  Veronique will talk about how we can have strategies for everyday life, with a healthy brain, regardless of age.

 

20 February 2023 – Dementia Auckland – Winifred Henderson

Dementia Auckland enables all people affected by dementia to live their best life.  Dementia is an umbrella term to describe a wide range of progressive neurological conditions.  Hear from Winifred who will share about their education programmes, living well services and support provided through their organisation.

 

20 March 2023 – AGM & St Patricks Day Celebration

 

17 April 2023 – Hobsonville Glasses & Gifts – Frank Snell & Melissa Bryant

Hobsonville Optometrists Glasses & Gifts is a locally owned, modern Optometry practice, featuring the latest frame designs and lenses.  Over the years they have become the primary destination for people who want personalised, in-depth exams and quality service.  Their unique gift store with the Optometry practice has become popular for quality, unique gifts and homewares, sourced from all over the world.

 

15 May 2023 – Bob Jessopp – Film Maker & Editor

The History of Sound in The Cinema; from Disc to Digital

 

19 June 2023 – Jan Beaumont - Poet

Jan will give a lively talk about her poetry, how it started, how it was attributed to Pam Ayres, and much more of the adventures she’s had along her poetry journey.

When New Zealand entered its first COVID lockdown in March 2020 Jan wrote her first poem “Let’s All Drink to Lockdown”, a light-hearted verse about how older people coped with being locked down for 4 weeks. She posted it on Facebook and, within hours, it went viral, resulting in an interview on the BBC, a growing list of followers from every continent and publications, including her own book of poems. Jan frequently posts poems on Facebook. Her recent works include Sundays, booster shots, Princes Harry and Andrew, along with Boris and Novak.

For a taster, visit her website: http://www.jbpoetry.com/. Jan also had her book of poems, “Let’s All Drink to Lockdown and other Poems” for sale.

17 July 2023 – Mid-Winter Lunch

 

21 August 2023

 

18 September 2023

 

16 October 2023

 

20 November 2023

 

11 December 2023 – Christmas Lunch


 

Speakers and Events in 2022

April 2022 - Dr Adam Claasen – Senior Lecturer in History, Massey University


Adam Claasen is a senior lecturer in history at Massey University’s Albany campus. Adam’s teaching and research is focused on the New Zealand military experience, German history, the Second World War in Europe and the relationship between film and history. He has received a Smithsonian Institution Fellowship, was the Fulbright Visiting Lecturer in New Zealand Studies at Georgetown University, and has been presented with a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching. His doctoral thesis was published as Hitler’s Northern War: the Luftwaffe’s Ill-fated Campaign, 1940-1945 (Kansas UP, 2001). More recently he has written on the part played by New Zealand and Australian airmen in the Battle of Britain: Dogfight: the Battle of Britain (Exisle, 2011). He has presented conference papers and published articles in scholarly journals on military intelligence, the Luftwaffe, general airpower and geo-strategy in war.


February 2022 - Guy Slocum, former Squadron Leader, Royal Air Force

Guy developed a passion for flying at a very early age.   As soon as he could, he joined the Air Cadets and rose to become the Cadet Leader of his Squadron.    At 16, he acquired his glider pilots licence which was paid for by winning a Government award.  Shortly thereafter, he won a British Government flying scholarship which entitled him to undergo a flying course for the private pilot’s licence at government expense.  The week after he gained his private pilot’s licence he joined the Royal Air Force as a fast jet fighter pilot.    During his time in this role, he operated at the height of the Cold War – chasing Soviet intruders.  He currently owns a Natural Products Healthcare Business to help us all stay younger for longer.

January 2022 - Nicole Bremner, TVNZ One News journalist, Communications Specialist

Nicole is a senior reporter on the 1 News team. She was surprised to see so many of us attending today. Her career has spanned more than 20 years and included stints as a producer on Breakfast, Holmes and Close Up. Nicole and her husband, Scott, are parents of three young adults. It was interesting to hear about some of the people we have watched on TV over the years and how the work has affected her personally on the happy and sad events that she has had to report. Many varied questions were asked by our members regarding covid, clothing on TV, and the different personalities she has worked with. Nicole obviously enjoys her work and still finds it rewarding. Our guest speaker was happy to draw the raffle. Margaret Wawatai, a club member, thanked the speaker on behalf of the club members.

Nicole is a senior reporter on the 1 News team. She was surprised to see so many of us attending today. Her career has spanned more than 20 years and included stints as a producer on Breakfast, Holmes and Close Up. Nicole and her husband, Scott, are parents of three young adults. It was interesting to hear about some of the people we have watched on TV over the years and how the work has affected her personally on the happy and sad events that she has had to report. Many varied questions were asked by our members regarding covid, clothing on TV, and the different personalities she has worked with. Nicole obviously enjoys her work and still finds it rewarding. Our guest speaker was happy to draw the raffle. Margaret Wawatai, a club member, thanked the speaker on behalf of the club members.

Speakers and Events for 2021

From this date the programme was disrupted, for the remainder of the year, due to COVID Delta lockdown restrictions

August 2021 - Distinguished Professor Sir Richard Faull, MBChB, PhD, DSc; FRSNZ, KNZM

University of Auckland, Expert in neurodegenerative diseases of the human brain.  Sir Richard, founding Co-Director of BRNZ, has also directed and developed the Centre for Brain Research at the University of Auckland since its inception in 2009 creating one of the pre-eminent neuroscience research centres in Australasia.  Sir Richard has extensive leadership and management experience at the University of Auckland (Head of Department of Anatomy with Radiology 1988-2000, Council Member 2001-2009, numerous senior academic committees), and has made major leadership contributions to international neuroscience societies and scientific advisory organisations. He has attracted and managed external research and philanthropic funding and established the internationally recognised Neurological Foundation Human Brain Bank.  Sir Richard continues to be actively involved (as Patron and sponsor) in a wide range of community organisations associated with supporting patients with neurological disorder.

July 2021 - Mid-winter Christmas Lunch at The Brigham

We gathered at The Brigham in Whenuapai for the Mid-winter Christmas Lunch. Carolyn was our MC for the day and we were entertained by Annalie Maddock. 71 members enjoyed good food, music and company. In spite of the cold, the atmosphere was warm.

June 2021 – Helen Robinson (O.N.Z.M.) Co-Founder & CEO Organic Initiative (Oi)

With a 30 year background leading technology companies Helen is an entrepreneur with interests in a diverse range of innovative companies. Helen founded Oi in 2015, with a mission to take plastic out of hygiene products. Oi products are affordable, healthy for women and great for the planet. Former executive roles include CEO, Microsoft New Zealand, and Head of Pivotal Corporation Asia Pacific. Helen was helped found and was CEO, TZ1 Registry providing transparency and integrity to environmental markets facilitating its sale to Markit Group where she went on to act as Managing Director (worldwide), Markit Environmental Registry (https://ihsmarkit.com/products/environmental-registry.html) . Helen was the inaugural Chair, The Network for Learning Ltd (https://www.n4l.co.nz/ ) responsible for transforming education in New Zealand to modern learning environments, and has acted as Director for numerous organisations including the New Zealand Defence Force and Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED. Helen was recognized in the 2017 Queen’s Honours Awards as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Helen won the New Zealand Supreme Women of Influence Award 2016 after taking out the Board and Management Category, and received the award for the Most Inspiring Individual at NZ Innovation Awards 2017. In 2019 Helen was awarded Next Magazine’s Woman of the Year in Business & Innovation, and the Most Inspiring Women Leader at the NZ International Business Awards. A theme of Helen's career has been a strong passion and drive to improve the quality of life for all, and to deliver value to stakeholders through innovation and technology. Helen specializes in forming and growing businesses which ‘do good’ at mass scale.

May 2021 – Anna Crane – General Manager - Macular Degeneration New Zealand

Anna-Louise Crane has been the General Manager of the Macular Degeneration NZ since November 2020.  Although Anna has no personal experience with MD, one of her close friends has been diagnosed with having Dry MD and this definitely guided her desire to take up this role. Anna’s past experience is varied, including as a Constable in the NZ Police for 13 years, working in local government, community, in the legal profession and commercial companies.  She plans to use her considerable experience in these different fields to benefit MDNZ and help achieve its’ goals particularly those of awareness and education.  Macular Degeneration (MD) is a progressive eye disease that is the major cause of blindness in New Zealand with 1 in 7 New Zealanders over the age of 50 showing some evidence of the disease.  1 person in 4 over 80 will have some vision loss, affecting quality of life and independence.  Many people dismiss the early warning signs of MD, accepting vison loss as a normal part of the ageing process.  You may be aware that we are at the cusp of the most significant demographic change of the 21st century. By 2030, 1 in 4 people will be over 65 years of age. This group will also be living for longer than previous generations and 41% of them DO NOT KNOW about this eye disease.   We need to be proactive to save sight so that New Zealanders can live well in older age.   Macular Degeneration NZ (MDNZ) is a Charitable Trust with the vision to reduce the incidence and impact of MD in New Zealand, increase awareness and promote early detection to the 1.5 million ‘at risk’ New Zealanders.   

April 2021 - Bryan Waddle - Sports Broadcaster

Bryan MNZM, is a veteran New Zealand-born sports broadcaster, sometimes called "The voice of New Zealand cricket".  In New Zealand he is best known for his cricket commentaries on Radio Sport; he has also appeared on the BBC's cricket commentaries on Test Match Special and as a guest commentator in Australia on the ABC's cricket coverage. Beginning with the Test match between New Zealand and India at the Basin Reserve in Wellington in February 1981, he has commentated on more than 250 Tests and 400 one-day internationals.  He was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours, for services as a sports broadcaster

March 2021 – St Patricks Day Celebration

Wear your favourite green clothes, hats, shoes, or whatever you have that is green, to celebrate St Patricks Day with a fun packed celebration!

Future Speakers

2021 (Deferred) – Janet Beech – Former Hobsonville Point Resident sharing the area’s history

Growing up in the 1930’s Janet lived at Hobsonville in one of the four Officer’s houses with her parents and brother until 1942.  Her family originally lived in the Watchmaker’s Cottage but moved to an Officer’s House before her brother was born in 1936.  Janet’s father, Hugh Gordon Wilson, was a Flight Lieutenant at Hobsonville and later a Squadron Leader in Te Rapa.  She went to the local school before being sent as a weekly boarder to St Cuthbert’s in Epsom.  During the second world war, Janet said she clearly remembers the ‘dug outs’ at Hobsonville to guard against invasion.  Fascinated by aviation, Janet wanted to be a pilot, but her father was against her going into the Air Force, so she became an air hostess and flew with TEAL, which later became Air New Zealand.  Janet will share details about Hobsonville Point and her fascinating life.

 

 

October 2021 - Love to Move – keeping active - Kayleen Smith 

Kayleen Smith is a qualified Personal Trainer.  Her journey over recent years has taken her from being mildly active and overweight to now having the energy to do anything she chooses, including completing several half marathons. Her experience has proven that you can do anything you put your mind to. She is a mother and grandmother yet feels like she is a 40-year old again!  In 2019 Kayleen completed her personal training qualifications and her passion is to help people to improve their activity and health so they can also enjoy a higher quality of life as they age. Kayleen operates out of a home-based studio in Hobsonville Point.  She also takes exercise classes at retirement villages.  Come prepared for this meeting in your trainers and exercise clothes!

November 2021 - Madam Butterfly – Jacqui Knight 

Jacqui lives in Blockhouse Bay where she is a freelance writer, desktop publisher and has the persona of “Madam Butterfly” when she visits schools and organisations and talks about butterflies.  Jacqui has been playing with butterflies ever since she can remember, taught all she knew to her two sons and will be doing the same with her grandchildren.  She is a Trustee and Secretary of the Monarch Butterfly New Zealand Trust.  Jacqui will share her knowledge and passion for butterflies.

December 2021 – Christmas Party Event – The Brigham 

 

PREVIOUS GUEST SPEAKERS

December 2020: Christmas Lunch and Celebration of Our First Year.

Presentation by Wayne McDonald of our First Anniversary certificate. A Christmas Lunch at the Hobsonville RSA to celebrate and entertainment by singer Cole Johnston.

Speaker for the November 2020 meeting

Franco Sessa, Whitestone Cheese Co

Whitestone Cheese was founded in 1987 as a diversification during the 1980’s rural downturn and after a series of crippling droughts.  Bob Berry, Managing Director, is from a fourth generation Otago farming family.  His experience had been in livestock trading, which he quickly applied to cheese trading.  The original factory was set up in Oamaru in a converted garage with milk sourced from local farms and one variety, Whitestone Farmhouse was launched.  The business slowly grew as an extension of the farming operation until today’s purpose-built factory was commissioned in 1998.  The factory now employs over 50 staff and includes a cheese deli, store and guided factory tours.  Franco Sessa is the National Sales & Trade Marketing Manager at Whitestone Cheese Co.  He is absolutely passionate about cheese; his favourite is the Vintage Windsor Blue (which I can also recommend!)  Franco shared his extensive knowledge of cheese, and in particular Whitestone Cheese, with style and panache. Members enjoyed samples of the fabulous handcrafted artisan cheese.

Speaker for the October 2020 meeting

Jeanette Burns – Northern Regional Commissioner, Department of Corrections

Carolyn introduced the Guest Speaker Jeanette Burns from the Department of Corrections, currently the Commissioner of Direct Risk, in charge of prisoners who were a risk to the public. She spoke of her current role and career path leading to her present position, giving specific references to well known incidents to which the members were acquainted through media attention. Her address was extremely well presented and equally well received.

Carolyn, Speakers Convenor, Jeanette Burns & John, HPC President

Speakers for the August 2020 Meeting

 

James Narayan & Thy Tra from ANZ Bank.

Scam Awareness: Our August Probus presentation was by James Narayan & Thy Tra from ANZ Bank. It was not possible for us to meet under the prevailing Covid-19 restrictions and our Guest Speakers Convenor, Carolyn MacDonell arranged for ANZ to do the presentation online using the ANZ MyMeeting Portal.

ANZ shared information on how to protect ourselves from potential scams. It was a chance for us to learn the tools needed to help keep our finances safe while enjoying the benefits of online banking and digital innovations.

Speaker for the July 2020 Meeting

Picture

Janis is an inspiring speaker, facilitator, mentor and writer. Her new book “Sleep Well to Live Well” was launched on 19 March 2020. 

Her book includes tips from a recovered insomniac and outlines a simple approach that she has used to improve her own sleep and wellbeing. Janis believes that good sleep is fundamental to good health, happiness and sanity and she will share her sleep time wisdom with us.

Speaker for the June 2020 Meeting

Lindsey Dawson is an author, editor and historian. She gave a fascinating presentation of the people, places, buildings and flying machines that made Hobsonville what is has become today. Included was a number of historic photograhs that brought the past to life.

Left: Lindsey Dawson

Right: Gwen Giles, Lindsey Dawson and Carolyn MacDonell

April and May meetings could not be held due to the COVID-19 restrictions

Presenters for the March 2020 Meeting

A celebration of St Patrick's Day!

Members Gwen and Keith Giles entertained the meeting with a variety of Irish songs.

 

Left: Gwen and Keith entertaining the meeting

Right: President John keeping the celebration going

Speaker for the February 2020 Meeting

Pam Stone, People's Warden at Christs Church Ellerslie, talked of her experiences in the organization and execution of the restoration of her historically listed church, with particular interest centred on the challenges presented with the stained-glass windows.

 

Left: Pam Stone delivering her presentation

Right: President John Jury with Pamela Stone (John and Pam are cousins)

Speaker for the December 2019 Inaugural Meeting

John Clark gave us a lively presentation “Three years with The Lifeguards Regiment, Household Cavalry”.

      

Left: A wall-hanging of the Lifeguards behind Wayne McDonald

Right: John Clark delivering his presentation