Reunion Bulletin # 4

Hello everyone…
You are warmly invited again to the International reunion in November.  Encourage your friends and colleagues to come…and confirm by payment if you haven’t already.  Celebrate that we’ve moved on from those damp, mouldy flats and long hours behind the bar of the Royal Oak!!

I didn’t even go to Vic but I’m going to every event and telling everyone how great it’s going to be. 
Registrations are coming in but we need lots of Kiwis now to fill it up, just like our Malaysian friends did in Kuala Lumpur.  So let your friends know if you are coming.  They are very welcome.

Local Kiwis are welcome at any event, but the special sessions are the Day At Vic (Monday) and The Main Event (Thursday).

We’ve organised a Day at Boomrock as an alternative activity on Sunday, 16 November 2014.  Boomrock is a spectacular farm about half an hour’s drive from Wellington.  You would be picked up in a bus for the drive, taken out to the Boomrock Lodge for morning tea.  Down in the woolshed the farmer will shear a sheep or two for you, and there are plenty of other activities including archery, knife throwing, golf hitting and even BMW testing.  A very good lunch is included and transport will be provided home.  Alternatively you can go by helicopter!!!!  We need 15 people to confirm and make it happen as it is not open to the public that day.
 Cost:  $185 per person includes return coach transport leaving the Museum Hotel in Wellington at 9am, morning tea, sheep shearing in woolshed at Boomrock, petanque and horseshoe throwing, walks, gourmet four course lunch.  Depart 3pm for Museum Hotel.

Go to the Boomrock website and see what they have to offer.  Then let me know if you’d like to come.  This will replace the Martinborough Food and Wine Festival.

Reunion Registration

Calling all our friends who we knew in Wellington in the late 1960s and 1970s....
You are warmly welcomed to the International Reunion in November. Invitation and Programme are below.
Stephen Franks, Derek Daniell, Francis Chang, Maarten Wevers, David White and Ray Brownrigg.




To confirm your registration from New Zealand you need to pay NZ $210 per person (which includes the Main Event dinner/dance) into our account Malaysian Reunion at Westpac 03 0502 0123756-001.

Or to register from Australia, pay Aus $200 per person to the account of Mr and Mrs SL Franks at NAB BSB number 082-062. Account number 685569477.

Or to register from Malaysia, pay RM620 per person to the account of Teoh Lay Hock at CIMB Bank Berhad. 8003566745.
Any profit will be given to the Gillies McIndoe Foundation run in Wellington by the brilliant Malaysian-born Dr Swee Tan.

It is your reunion so please feel free to send the invitation on to your friends and fellow students from your time at Victoria University. We want as many people from our era to come!!!

 For the Kiwis to their friends and former fellow students: Stephen Franks, David White, Ray Brownrigg, Francis Chang, Maarten Wevers and Derek Daniell.

Kind regards

Catharine Franks m:
027 222 9332 h: 04 3859524

Wellington Reunion 2014 - Bulletin # 2

Great Response!!
We have had a fabulous response to the invitation to THE Wellington Reunion in November.  Teoh Lay Hock tells me the invitation is for all International alumni of Victoria University and Wellington Polytechnic and their Kiwi friends from the late 1960s and early 1970s.  He wants to pull in colleagues and friends from all over the world, I think!!  Fantastic! Thank you also to Margaret Wallace who I understand is doing a great job contacting people.

People are registering daily.
If you are coming, it’s a good idea to confirm and register/pay as soon as you can as we do have limited numbers.  Everything is organised for 120-150 people and we think that’s a good number.  You can Register Here to my email and I will send you details on how to pay  RM620 in Malaysia, Aus$200 in Australia or NZ$210 in New Zealand – whatever suits you best.  That includes the Main Event Dinner/Dance on Thursday, 20 November, 2014 at The Boatshed, Wellington.  Any money over will be donated to the Gillies McIndoe Research Foundation run in Wellington by Malaysian-born doctor and researcher, Dr Swee Tan.  Do look at the video.  He is inspiring.

I’ve had a few queries about accommodation. 
Near Te Papa and the Courtenay Place cafes is my favourite for friends -  the Museum Art Hotel which has character and small self-catering apartments. 
Much cheaper and more basic but nearby is the YHA which has individual rooms. 
The little Ohtel is quirky and lovely. 
Wellington has the usual hotels –the  Copthorne, Bay Plaza, Amora are all in the same area and they are all listed on Tripadvisor. 
You might like to look at for rooms in private houses. 
We have asked if there is accommodation at Weir House but haven’t heard back yet.

Professor John Davies has asked if former Commerce students would like to visit the new Victoria Business School.
And I had a very nice message from the New Zealand High Commissioner to Malaysia, H.E. David Pine, who spoke warmly of the Victoria University alumni in Malaysia.

Diary (so far): 
Monday, 17th November 2014.  9.30am to 3.30pm.  Maori welcome at the Victoria University Marae and tours of Victoria University, including Weir House and the Government Building Law School.
Tuesday, 18th November, 2014:  Free day to show the family around.  Or….Food tours of Wellington, Hobbit location tours, Makeup demonstrations at Kirkcaldie and Stains, Wine tours of the Wairarapa, Soccer game….
Wednesday, 19th November 2014  6.30pm  Casual Kiwi barbecue at the Southern Cross pub. $15-25 a head.  Pay on the night.
Thursday, 20th November 2014  6.30pm The Main Event:  Dinner, dancing and entertainment, hosted by the Chancellor of Victoria University, Mr Ian McKinnon and his wife, Jenny.
More details as more is planned…..
The Main Event
You are warmly invited to put on your best dancing shoes for The Main Event. 
Hosted by the Chancellor of Victoria University, Mr Ian McKinnon CNZM, QSO, JP, The Main Event will be a sparkling evening with top Kiwi cuisine and wine by Ruth and Paul Pretty, entertainment and dancing to 60s and 70s music at The Boatshed on Wellington’s waterfront.  Halal Food.  Thursday, 20 November, 2014 at 6.30pm. 
You won’t want to miss this!!!!

We’d love to see you at the Reunion so do come and do let your friends know.  Please feel free to pass on this invitation to those you would like to see again.  It is your reunion. 

Kind regards
Catharine and Stephen Franks