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.



Accommodation
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 www.airbnb.co.nz for rooms in private houses. 
We have asked if there is accommodation at Weir House but haven’t heard back yet.

Messages
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

Victoria Alumni Reunion 2014 Wellington NZ



THE Wellington Reunion 2014 
Calling all alumni (esp. Malaysians, Thais, Singaporeans, Indonesians..) and their friends from Victoria University in the late 1960s and early 1970s…back to Wellington for THE Reunion in November 2014. 
Meet up with old friends and colleagues over barbecues and dinner…. See how Victoria University and Wellington have changed from the days of damp flats and dodgy food.... 
Show families your favourite haunts and explore new ones…. Events include The Main Event dinner and dance, a Kiwi barbecue at the Southern Cross and a Welcome at Victoria University….
 We want to welcome you back. 

 Diary (so far)

 Monday, 17th November 2014. 9.30am to 3.30pm. 
 Maori welcome at the Victoria University Marae and then 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 Restaurant. 
39 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro, $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!!!! 
 
The Boatshed

 Registration for the Wellington Reunion is NZ$210 or Aus$200 or RM$620. This covers banking costs, administration and The Main Event Dinner/Dance. Numbers are limited to 120-150 people so the sooner you register, the sooner your places are confirmed. 
Register for Payment Details Here 
Our organisation is voluntary so any money over will be donated to the Gillies McIndoe Research Foundation run in Wellington by the brilliant Malaysian-born doctor and researcher, Dr Swee Tan. Do look at the video. He is inspiring. 
We’d love to see you 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 
franks@paradise.net.nz m: 
027 222 9332 h: 04 3859524


 








 


Dear All,

 It is exactly one year from today when we are scheduled to meet in Welliington for the 3rd Wellington Reunion, this time in our HOME city of Wellington itself.  For those of you who have forgotten about my previous email on this event, here it is again.
 The committee in Wellington, which includes Ray Brownrigg, Stephen and Cathy Franks, Derek and Chris Daniell, Francis Chang, Maarten Wevers and others have worked very hard to identify the venue and work out an an excellent programme for the event.  For those of you who have not responded with your “Expression of Interest” please do so as soon as possible.  There is absolutely no commitment attached.  Your response would help them decide how big an event hall to book and what to organize for you.
So, lets start the count down.
Lay Hock

 

Main Event (dinner & dance): Thursday 20 November 2014 in Wellington New Zealand. 

Other events from 17-24 November (to be confirmed) 

 

All expression of interest to be directed to this email address below.

Note from the organisers:
"Arrangements have been made with a NZ car rental co(Omega rental cars). and they have put a link for those wishing to hire rentals from them for the re-union.
They have depots in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch etc. They can pick visitors from the airports when they arrive & drop them off at the airports when they return their vehicles to depart. Great service. Those flying into AK or CH can pick up their rentals & drive on to Wellington if they so wish."