Highlights from Monthly Events
20 February – Ladies Trophy Day. Clubrooms, Otaki. Teams were formed to play petanque and croquet. The more serious side of the day involved exercises such as parking, backing up to an object in the ground level with the back bumper, driving the car one complete revolution of a wheel (this was carefully measured) etc. The men had to bring home baking and after judging the cakes were eaten at afternoon tea.
12 March – Wellington East Coast Rally. The route was over a Hutt City Council road usually closed to traffic and then over private land not usually accessible for cars. MECCNZ joined forces with the Collectible Car Club, meeting them at Seaview. Also at Seaview the Wellington Hot Rod Club were preparing for a street event, but some of their members joined this run instead. 31 cars set off on gravel along Pencarrow Coast Road. Great views of the rugged coastline including Barrett reef and the lighthouse at Pencarrow Head. After passing through a pig farm lunch was at Baring Head. After another short stretch of gravel road tar seal was in sight at the south end of Wainuiomata Valley. L’Amour coastal garden at Orongorongo was visited before a final regroup at Rimutaka Forest Park Catchpool picnic area.
1/2 April – Twin Rivers. Ohakea Museum to Hunterville. Straight line navigation instructions and a bag with a list of questions and things to find were handed out. A slight hiccup with the instructions meant some missed the lunch stop at Mangamahu. The autumnal scenery through the Whangaehu Valley was lovely. At the pot luck dinner in Ohakune we were reminded it was 1 April! Sunday saw gatherings of members at intersections discussing the route, now a bit suspicious of the instructions. Drysdale Station was the lunch stop and a garage raid in Hunterville ended a great weekend.
3/4 June 20th Anniversary Rally. The club’s first major event happened on Queen’s Birthday weekend in 1980 and so the anniversary was held the same weekend. The event was based at the VCC clubrooms at Ohau. An anniversary booklet on the club’s history was researched and compiled by founding members of the early days, personalities, and events of the last 20 years. After registration, a run to Foxton and a visit to the Foxton Audio Visual Museum. At dinner in the evening past Presidents spoke of a mixture of club history and funny events. On Sunday a run to Southwards Car Museum, a look through the club’s parts shed and farewell dinner back at Ohau brought the weekend of reminiscing to a close.
23 July – Annual General Meeting, Clubrooms, Otaki. President Bryan Dring.
15 October – Manawatu run. From Ohakea Museum car park. First stop at Pukemarama Estate where we wandered around the garden and admired the beautiful homestead. A small detour to a club member’s property for a garage raid, then onto Rongotea for lunch at another property with beautiful gardens and a collection of grand cars, some housed in the old St Andrews church shifted from Palmerston North. Onto towards Halcombe and a Museum of old engines including a 1904 Fowler Steam engine, a 1917 steam roller and a 1929 Lanz Bulldog tractor.
10/11 March – Summer Stroll to Hawkes Bay. Dannevirke, Norsewood, Napier. At Dannevirke a stop to see Dave’s Den, a collection of die cast toys. In Napier visits to the Classic Sheepskin factory and then Opossum World followed. On Sunday brunch was at a club members home high on a hill, with a shed to die for.
22 April – Wellington run. This came with a warning that low slung cars should not attempt part of this run. It was a glorious sunny day and an assorted variety of 20 cars left Johnsonville for Ohariu Valley. The first of the two private properties crossed was ‘Papanui Station’. Dry creeks, metal farm tracks and wooden bridges were crossed unscathed. Onto ‘Pikarere Station’ with clear views of Kapiti Island, Mana Island and the South Island. Lunch at Whitireia Park on the shores of Mana Inlet. From here to Titahi Bay then onto Papakowhia to the Police Museum.
29 July – Annual General Meeting at Scout Hall, Otaki. President Bryan Dring.
12 August – Wellington and Karori. 52 people attended. From the railway station along the Marine Drive, the views were spectacular with the southerly whitecaps. Over Brooklyn Hill to the Colonial Cottage Museum. Built in 1857 and saved from demolition and turned into an early settlers house. The next stop was Wright’s Hill Fortress at Karori. Built in the Second World War it features underground tunnels, rooms and gun emplacements.
16 September – Manawatu Run. 40 people attended. Feilding’s clock tower was the meeting place. The shed visited out of town had Lamborghini replicas to die for. The cars are made here and exported, often to Japan. A drive up the scenic west side of Pohangina Valley and down the east side brought us to the lunch destination ‘Pilgrims Rest’. Dining was closely watched by the bull and deer in the adjacent paddock.
14 October – Wanganui run. Ambled through Marton and stopped at Ratana a small settlement. A garage raid in Wanganui to view a collection of rare old cars including a 1929 Auburn Boat-tailed sports car. A trip on the restored paddle steamer Waimarie up river to Upokongaro and back took up the afternoon.
17/18 November – Working bee at the Clubrooms.
2 December – Christmas social, Clubrooms, Otaki. A short car run before lunch. BBQ meat and ham supplied by Club, members brought salads to share.
16/17 March – Wairarapa Wander. Paua shell factory at Carterton, Parkvale Mushrooms and Martinborough. Overnight stop was near Lake Ferry and a pot luck tea
. Sunday – a drive out to Cape Palliser to see the lighthouse and seal colony. The little township of Ngawi was so interesting with large boats and large bulldozers parked up on the beach. There is a steep flight of 258 steps up to the lighthouse, that some members climbed. On the return trip the route went around Lake Wairarapa to Featherston.
14 April – Upper Hutt pioneer home Golder Cottage. Nearby is “Blockhouse”, a type of fortress with numerous slits in the walls for the rifles to repel attacks. A drive over the Wallaceville Hill into Whitman’s Valley to the end of Plateau Road at Te Marua. This area has one of the tunnels the “fell engines” travelled through.
11/12 May – Hawkes Bay. Woodville, Dannevirke’s Fantasy Cave, Takapau and Oruawharo homestead built 1860. The current owners have planted Elm trees that will have truffles grown under them. They also have a lot of work to restore the homestead back to its former glory. Waipawa Settlers Museum, then back roads of Otane to Hastings. Sunday – the new Aquarium on the Napier foreshore, then to an Ostrich farm near Greenmeadows. Lunch was a BBQ at a local members property in Hastings.
30 June – Manawatu. Feilding’s newest Museum, The Horsedrawn Carriage Museum was the first stop. Some horse driven vehicles were still in original condition while others had been restored. From Feilding travelled north to Beaconsfield Valley and Kimbolton. Afternoon tea at the General Store and Café in Kimbolton.
28 July – Annual General Meeting, Scout Hall, Otaki. President Bryan Dring.
10/11 August – Southern Hawkes Bay. Pahiatua, Makuri Gorge to Waihi Falls for lunch. Past Wimbledon Tavern, Herbertville and Tau Tane Station. Tau means ridge and Tane meaning man. The early settlers had to go inland and climb over the ridge to go further north. Overnight stay in the shearer quarters. Sunday a return trip through Pongaroa back to Pahiatua.
22 September – Levin run. Lake Horowhenua, Lavender shop, powder coating workshop owned by a member that included a demonstration. Murrayfield Clydedales and Café, a family owned business that also included glass houses of lilies grown for the cut flower market.
23 November – Wanganui/Pipiriki. Ohakea, Wanganui River Road north, stopping at Jerusalem for lunch, and view the church and nunnery. At Pipiriki we looked around Colonial House. Overnight stay a Ohakune. A couple of breakdowns during the day were fixable. Sunday saw some cars make it up the side of Turoa to the snow line. A couple of cars turned back as the road was too steep. The Waiouru Army Museum was the lunch stop and optional tour through the exhibits.
6 January – picnic day at races Otaki. Ladies to wear a decorated hat and gents a tie, both made from recycled products.
16 March – Wellington Mystery Run. Meeting at Johnsonville the cars were sent off at 2 minute intervals, views of Ngauranga Gorge, Newlands hills, Porirua (where many got lost), Aotea Lagoon and finishing at Whitby where model boats were doing a re run of the Americas Cup.
5/6 April – Coast to Coast. Himatangi to Hawkes Bay. Morning tea was on the West Coast and afternoon tea on the East Coast at Kairakau Beach in Southern Hawkes Bay.
14 June – Mid Winter Jaunt to Wanganui/Bushy Park. It isn’t very often all the members attending a run follow another member going to look at a MGBGT with a view to purchasing said car, to give it the once over. The seller was very obliging and showed everyone his collection of cars. Sunday, travelled up the western side of the Wanganui River and lunch at Bushy Park, and historic homestead. (The MGBGT was duly purchased).
20 July – Annual General Meeting, Scout Hall, Otaki. President Bryan Dring.
3 August – Wellington. The Island Bay Marine Education Centre, Time Cinema and Museum at Lyall Bay for lunch and viewing the film “Genevieve”.
13/14 September – Ruahine Retreat. From Feilding to Kawhatau Education Centre. Pot luck tea and Morris Trivia quiz. Sunday the more energetic tramped up to the end of Upper Kawhatau Road. On the return trip a stop at Gravity Canyon, a soon to be opened Bungy jump facility. Twenty six people attended the weekend.
8/9 November – Wairapapa, Scarecrow Festival at Gladstone. Two starting points Greytown or Pahiatua. Overnight in Carterton. Each car was provided with route instructions and a questionnaire and set off at one minute intervals to the scarecrow festival.
17 January – Feilding and Districts Society Settlers Day. A static display of Morris cars.
15 February – British Car Day, Trentham Memorial Park.
4 April– Aotea Lagoon, Porirua harbour, where there are historic buildings and sites including Bowler’s Wharf site. Onto Trash Palace, then a visit to the Gear Homestead, a drive around Pauatahanui’s inner harbour. Onto Battle Hill then Pauatahanui Inlet where the US forces had one of their camps in WWII.
18 July Annual General Meeting, Scout Hall, Otaki. President Barry Colquhoun.
15 August – Garage raid – Foxton, Rongotea, Palmerston North.
20/21 November – Ohakea, Marton, Hunterville, Mataroa, Tangiwai, Ohakune, Raetihi Police Ski Lodge. An Austin bonnet kept popping up on its own accord, a Minx kept stalling and a M12 broke a stub axle. The run continued on after helping the M12 off the road and calling for assistance. The M12 duly arrived home on the back of a truck and the owner pleased to be home too. On Sunday a must see visit to Smash Palace, 2 hours of seeing row upon row and shelves full of anything for every car. One very small purchase was made!
6 February – Wheels with Attitude, Dannevirke.
16/17 April – Hawkes Bay. Met at Ashhurst Domain, travelled over the Saddle Road to view the wind turbines. Followed back roads to Ongaonga for lunch. A leisurely run to Havelock North to camp and a shared pot luck dinner. On Sunday a visit to the Lemmon Trust Museum at Puketiti to view a collection of cars and vintage motorabelia. A well attended run with 30 members.
12 June – Mid winter lunch at Wharerata, Massey University, Palmerston North.
24 July – Annual General Meeting, Rotary Club Hall, Otaki. President Barry Colquhoun.
10/11 September – Wairarapa. Met at Masterton by the Shear History Museum. Our President provided the entertainment by shearing two sheep. Onto Martinborough and then Palliser Bay. Dinner was in the “southernmost” hotel in the North Island. On Sunday a drive out to view and/or climb the Pinnacles. Back to Carterton where hundreds of people converge to pick the daffodils.
2 October – Manawatu Meander. Visited a collection of weights and measures. Lunch at Mt Lees Reserve, then onto Colyton to the Clock Museum.
4 December – Christmas BBQ at clubrooms.
26 March – Wanganui show n shine at Wanganui City College.
8/9 April – Hawkes Bay. Mangatainoka Tui Brewery Museum, Makuri for lunch and where we had to collect a bird feather, bottle cap, tuft of wool, etc. An unscheduled stop at Waipukarau for a Morris 12/4 who had run a big-end. Waipawa, Patangata and Havelock North. Sunday, brunch at Poraiti and a shed raid completed the weekend.
23 July – Annual General Meeting, Tatum Park. President Barry Colquhoun.
20 August – Kapiti Coast. A tram ride at Queen Elizabeth Park down to the beach brought back memories of the Wellington trams. Driving through farmland to Raumati, at the first gate a ford to be traversed. “Take it easy” were the instructions. One MM stalled in the middle of the ford and although a tow rope was produced the MM made it out under its own steam. Over Paekakariki hill to Battle Hill Park for lunch.
17 September – Rail Extravaganza Run. 36 people attended. The Railcar Centre at Pahiatua has a dedicated group of volunteers restoring engines and carriages. A treasure was the “Tin Hare” designed and built for the Rimutaka incline. The day ended at a model railway enthusiasts shed near Eketahuna.
25 March – Wellington Mystery Run. Wellington train station, Johnsonville, over to Ohariu Valley and Makara beach on the west coast. After exploring the beach and environs, on through Karori to Kelburn’s Cable Car Museum.
21/22 April – Wairarapa. 33 people attended. Masterton, Carterton, Awaiti Gardens. The ladies absconded to the paua shell factory while the blokes visited Magoo’s Street Rods. American cars built from scratch, some fibreglass shells, that are worth more that a house! Sunday, Mt Bruce Wildlife Centre.
1/3 June – To Auckland on the Overlander train and return.
22 July – Annual General Meeting, Rotary Hall, Otaki. President Clive Williams.
18/24 October – Mini break at Omori, Turangi. Golf croquet, chair lift rides on Mt Raupehu, guided tour of Omori, Kurutau and Pukawa, a trout hatchery and much laughter were a few of the highlights.
17 November – Gentle Annie to Hawkes Bay. 32 people attended. A return trip to Gravity Canyon bungy, now with even more daring thrills. On the way over Gentle Annie one car sprung a leak in the petrol tank, chewing gum to the rescue! Alas the petrol pump was the next casualty, and the car had an overnight stay in a paddock, but the next morning a local member returned to fix the car. Sunday, we went to Te Keirunga Park in Havelock North as the Live Steamers Railway was operating.
13 April – Stonehenge, Carterton. 41 people attended. The guide was very informative and gave us all a good history lesson.
22 June – Mid Winter Christmas Lunch at Murrayfield Clydesdales Café.
30 July – Annual General Meeting, Southwards Car Museum. President Clive Williams.
3 August – Wellington Historic Tour. First stop was The Katherine Mansfield Birthplace, then Old St Paul’s Cathedral. A well known organist, a club member, gave us a recital on the Old St Paul’s organ. A display of our cars at the front entrance to Te Papa and viewing Rita Angus paintings were next. The final stop was at the National War Memorial and the carillon.
28 October- Hutt Valley “Ladies Street Name” Rally. We had 2 hours to visit as many suburbs and streets as possible. We had a map of the Hutt Valley with ladies street names highlighted. We also had pages of photos and had to match streets and photos. A lot of fun.
15 March – Historic sites around Pahiatua, Eketahuna and Kaiparoro districts.
17 May – Wellington Film run. In Miramar we were split into two groups at the Weta Caves to view a short film. Then onto the Time Cinema in Lyall Bay to watch NZ classic Smash Palace.
19 July – Annual General Meeting, Southward Car Museum. President Clive Williams.
15/16 August – Wanganui. Rivercity Craft Market, Ed Boyd’s Autobarn that included an organ recital. Sunday, two hours driving on gravel shellrock up the river, followed by a BBQ lunch.
13 September – Manawatu. 38 people attended. First stop was in Marton at sculptor Robin Coleman’s home and workplace. After a delightful time here we didn’t have to drive far for our next stop to view a collection of mainly Ford vehicles and John Deere Tractors. The owner, having restored some of the cars, was most interesting.
11 October – Kapiti Coast Capers. Around Otaki township stopping at Rangiatea Church with panelling and carving inside. Onto Glenbrook gardens and orchids. Just a few houses away our next stop was at some unassuming sheds where the owner makes handcarved wooden propellers for biplanes, Tiger Moths, Sopworth Camel, etc. The propellers are balanced to a high precision. He also had restored motorbikes and was crafting the timber fittings for two car restorations.
17 January – Morris Maintenance. A number of club members are experienced in the maintenance of Morris vehicles and gave informative talks.
11 April – Mystery Tour from Petone to Upper Hutt. A navigator was a must for this run but upon reaching the lunch stop not many drivers and navigators were on speaking terms! We were given clues rather than the street names e.g a street named after a healthy bread, but over lunch we were able to laugh about it.
13 June – Masterton. A visit to a club member’s cheesemaking shop/farm and a demonstration of sheep being milked. The Shear Discovery Museum is run by volunteers, the Golden Shears are held in Masterton. Onto Pointon Motors to view a collection of old cars and clothing from a bygone era.
18 July – Annual General Meeting, Southwards Car Museum. President Clive Williams.
12 September – MECCNZ 30th Club Anniversary. Two Totara trees planted at clubrooms and lunch at Tokomaru RSA.
17 October – Cross Hills Gardens, Kimbolton. A competitive run from Ashhurst to Cross Hills on back roads, some gravel, for the ladies to compete for the McCarthy Cup.
16 January – Day at the Beach. Waikanae beach, sack races and sand castle competitions (for the adults) and a good catch up after Christmas made for a great day out.
2/3 April – Wairarapa Coast Escape. Destination Glenburn Station, a hill country station on 14,000 acres with 9km of Pacific coastline. Accommodation was either in the homestead, cookhouse with bunk rooms or Seaview Cottage. On Sunday morning a walk to Honeycomb Rock and the ship wreck of “Tuvalu” or a ute ride in glorious weather.l
July – Annual General Meeting, Waikanae Chartered Club. President Pat Sheridan.
August – Kaitoke Tunnel Valley. From the Clubrooms in Otaki the cars climbed up Paekakariki Bay hill and onwards to Kaitoke. Walked to a site where Lord of the Rings had been filmed and across a swing bridge. Drove onto a disused Rimutaka rail tunnel and walked through it. The day finished at Te Marua Stonestead Cottage for Devonshire tea. Some members encountered snow on their journey back home.
20 November – Hawera and Tawhiti Museum. On the way to Hawera counting the political billboards was part of the quiz. In the evening entertainment was provided by club members; one on piano, a male choir and one Tamborine player. Sundays visit to Nigel Ogle’s Tawhiti Museum was so interesting and needed a lot of time.
25 March – Mystery run around Feilding. Feilding to Sanson markets, back to Kowhai Park in Feilding for lunch. In the afternoon a visit to the Steam Society open day. A large selection of traction engines, one member got to drive one, trailer rides, pewter being cast, pokers being made and fresh scones from a coal range in the gypsy style caravan all added to the enjoyment.
May – Wellington region – Catchpool Education Centre. 34 people attended. Petone, over the hill to Wainuiomata and Rimutaka Forest Park. A club member who works for DOC gave an informative talk including Kiwi breeding programme.
July – Annual General Meeting, Waikanae Chartered Club. President Pat Sheridan.
December – MECCNZ Christmas BBQ, Clubrooms, Otaki. 45 members attended.
13 January – Day at the Beach. Greytown to Ngawi for a picnic lunch, then onto Cape Palliser to see the lighthouse. What a treat to be given crayfish for afternoon tea.
14 April – Twin Rivers – Feilding to Ohakune. Celebrating the centenary of the Morris Motor Car, the Manawatu Standard newspaper covered the event. 37 people attended. A 1924 Bullnose Morris was on display at Manchester Square. We were given a map, a bag and a list of items to be collected. Traveled up Turakina Valley Road past lovely autumnal scenery, stopping at Drysdale Station for lunch on the lawn, eventually arriving at Tangiwai and Ohakune. Sundays run down Whangaehu Road wasn’t entirely “a breeze” when it came to Burma Hill, a very steep downhill section of road. Lunch was at Fordell where we visited a private home and Museum.
July – Annual General Meeting, Waikanae Chartered Club. President Pat Sheridan.
August – Masterton – visit to the Vintage Aviation Museum. Masterton, Biddeford, Alfredon and back to the Shear Discovery Museum. Tuition on greeting card making or the Vintage Aviation Museum was the choice. A fantastic display of aircraft, from WWI and II all in perfect working order. The guide was particularly knowledgeable. Some of the aircraft were fitted with the wooden propellers we had seen being made at Ohau.
17 November – Wairarapa run to Otapawa. Eketahuna, Makuri Domain for lunch and Otapawa. This is a Hereford Cattle stud and Perendale and Poll Dorset sheep studs. Our accommodation was in the shearer’s quarters, where also the army occupied a few rooms. They were repairing a road close by. “About 3am we were woken by a lovely singing voice. Not one of our club members”. On Sunday a walk to the homestead’s beautiful gardens set in about 2 acres. The run organiser was told we could travel over the road the army was fixing. The sign post said “Council Road maintenance ends. 4WD vehicles only”. “As we snaked up the hill, on no more than a goat track, the rear vehicles could see the leaders across the valley climbing and negotiating the twisting corners of the steep track”. A fantastic run.
12 January – Day at the beach. Te Horo beach and a Kiwi Bach. Quilt display and tour of the Bach’s basic facilities.
February – British Car Day, Trentham Memorial Park.
July – Annual General Meeting, Waikanae Chartered Club. President Chris Torr.
September –Mystery Run. Palmerston North train station, over the Saddle Road to the wind farm turbine and down to Woodville. In Dannevirke a visit to Dave’s Den miniature car collection and to end the day a visit to a brothel. No, but it used to be, now a police memorabilia museum.
11 January – Day at the beach. Ocean beach on south Wairarapa coast. Past the famous Wharekauhau Country Estate to Corner Creek camp site. This coastline is rugged, remote and spectacular.
19 April – Twin Rivers to Ohakune. Feilding, north to Apiti, Mangaweka, Waiouru Army Museum and Ohakune. Sunday return trip via Raetihi, down the Wanganui River to Pipiriki, Jerusalem, Matahiwi for lunch, finishing in Wanganui.
June – Annual General Meeting, Waikanae Chartered Club. President Chris Torr.
July – Inaugural MECCNZ Clubrooms Open Day, Otaki. Other car club’s were invited to attend the first open day. There was a white elephant stall, raffles, car rides and tea/coffee and home baking.
August – Wellington Dominion Exhibition. Due to a change in plan to the morning activities the ladies had the chance to visit Kirkcaldie and Staines department store that is due to close early next year. The Great War Exhibition was created with a lot of input from Peter Jackson and Weta Studios.. A guided tour of the Belgian village and a soldiers story was very insightful.
September – Mataikona on the East Coast. Masterton, Abbotsford gardens at Taueru.. Lunch at Whakataki Hotel in Mataikona beside a roaring fire. Drove up the coast a short distance.
17 January – Queen Elizabeth Park Tram Museum. Volunteers have laid track from McKays Crossing to Whareroa Beach and the restored trams use the line. A visit into the workshop to see the current restoration projects.
April – Manawatu – Pohangina Valley. Met in the Square, Palmerston North, where tyre pressures were checked. Quiz questions and photos were handed out which were to be matched up on our journey to Luttrell’s White Pine Gardens and Pioneer Museum. A couple of garage raids in Ashhurst followed.
22 May – Taranaki Tour. Hawera water tower was the meeting place. First stop was to see the restoration of a 1932 Vauxhall. Stratford Possum Tannery, Manatahi Museum that housed a collection a stuffed animals from all over the world. On the outskirts of New Plymouth a visit to a garden and private collection of immaculate cars. The Taranaki Morris Minor Club joined us for the weekend run and dinner. Sunday, something for everyone with a visit to a garage of two halves. One side for cars the other side for quilting. Onto a Farm Machinery Museum and Bertrand Road swing bridge. Lunch was in the VCC clubrooms.
June – Annual General Meeting, Waikanae Chartered Club. President Chris Torr.
August – Second Annual MECCNZ Clubrooms Open Day. A good display of members cars, white elephant, raffles, cake stall and parts shed. Widely advertising the event brought in more members of the public and membership enquiries.
25 September – Route 52 – A combined run with the Austin Car Club. Starting in Masterton and taking the very scenic route to Waipukarau. A good time of year with spring flowers and lambs in abundance. On Sunday more back roads to Dannevirke for lunch in the park. A very enjoyable run.
October– Day trip to Zealandier
12/13 November – Wanganui. Riverside markets and garage raids, some revisits to see progress on restorations. A Blues theme for the Saturday night dinner and entertainment.
December– Christmas at the club rooms. A large turnout of members enjoyed a great day of activities at the Club grounds in Haruatai Park in Otaki. The Knight familly won a raffle again much to the delight of the children.
15 January-Manawatu Gymkana. Despite a wet day much fun was had at Sally Quantock’s property near Palmerston North. Brian and Deirdre McPherson devised a great selection of challenges to be negotiated. This was a McCarthy Cup event. The winner was Chris Torr and navigator Robin Hislop.
12 February– British Car Day. Unusually for The British Car Day the weather was overcast and cold. The Club moved its display from the centre of the feild to the boundary nearer to the shelter of the trees. There was a strong contingent of members and guests and several new member enquiries. The club was rewarded with the Best Club Display award by the British Car Club.
May Twenty one members and guests participated in a three-day trip to the central North Island. The route was via the Wanganui River Road to Pipiriki then on to Ohakune for the night. On Saturday the group visited Horopito Motors (Smash Palace), then on to The Chateaux for lunch. In the afternoon we motored 18 Km north to Te Porere Redoubt. A short hike across the Whanganui River foot bridge allowed inspection of the well preserved earth fortifications of Te Kooti and the famous 1886 battle (Te Kooti’s Last stand), and the final resting place of the fallen warriors. On Sunday the group returned home via the Tangiwai Memorial and the Turakina River Valley stopping for lunch at Drysdale Station.
June AGM at Waikanae Chartered Club. Chris Torr President.
July. Day trip to Wellington for a private tour of Parliament, luch at the Back Bencher pub, and a visit to the Wellington Museum on Jervious Quay.
August The third annual MECCNZ open day at the Club grounds at Haruatai Park Otaki. A large turnout of members attended and the event was well patronosed by the public. Raffles, cake stall, white elephant stall, Ebony Coffee stall, car art stall, BBQ, and car show.