Annual General Meeting

2015 AGM

The Board has advised that the 2015 AGM will be held in Christchurch on Saturday 31 October.

The 2014 AGM was held in Wellington on Saturday 18 October 2014.

The AGM was held on the Saturday morning at the nearby Copthorne Hotel and was attended by 66 members. Highlights from the weekend included:

The draft minutes from this meeting are available for you to view by clicking on the file name Draft-2014-AGM-Minutes. These minutes will be confirmed at the 2015 AGM.

Election results

The election results were announced.

National Board Members

Barry Cope and Steve Wakefield were re-elected for a three year term.

Honorary Vice-Presidents

Hamish Allardice, Dave Berry, Amanda Gower and Harry Guitry were all elected unopposed.

On Sunday YHA organised a day trip to the Wairarapa. John Blair of Christchurch takes up the story...


The forecast was not great as our comfortable coach departed from YHA Wellington with 33 on board but we looked forward to an interesting journey in spite of that. James, our driver, gave us some facts and a little history on Wellington as we glided smoothly through the capital towards the Hutt Valley. James then passed the microphone to me for some comments on the Valley where I was born and bred. As we approached the Rimutaka Hill, gateway to the Wairarapa, I passed the microphone to our “local”, Geoff Negus, who resides in Masterton and he gave us some interesting facts and history on the area. The former Kaitoke Youth Hostel is well maintained and now called “The Black Stump”.  

Cobblestones Early Settlers Museum at Greytown was our first stop for the morning, after negotiating the infamous Rimutaka Hill, and it was good to get out in the fresh air and, by now, a little sunshine. Greytown is a typical main street quaint New Zealand town and the museum stands on the site where Cobb & Co used to operate services between Wellington and the Wairarapa. They could accommodate up to 70 horses overnight while the coachmen enjoyed the hospitality of the “Rising Sun” Hotel which stood opposite.   

After a brief welcome and talk by museum volunteers, members enjoyed wandering around the grounds viewing the stables, forge, church, school, hospital and various other colonial buildings, including a demonstration at the printers where we all received a souvenir. Some of us even found time to taste and purchase some delicious Schoc chocolates.








All too soon we were off on our drive to Martinborough for lunch at the award winning Bloom Restaurant situated on the Murdoch James Estate Winery. Our pre-ordered lunches were delivered to our tables very efficiently by the friendly staff. After a very nice meal, we had some entertainment, watching from a narrow bridge, while our driver backed the rather large coach backwards down a steepish slope through the ford.

Our next stop was Palliser Estate Winery where we enjoyed a very interesting tour through the winery with many tastings of their excellent wines. This winery is CEMARS certified and practices good sustainability throughout its operation.

Our last stop for the day was the Fell Locomotive Museum in Featherston which featured an amazing display of memorabilia of the famous Rimutaka Incline.

After a pleasant drive back to Wellington and a beautiful rendering of “How Great Thou Art” from our driver, James, it was time to reflect on a most enjoyable day out. Many thanks to Denise Stevenson and the team at Head Office for organising this trip.

John Blair (Bus Captain for the day)