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"Motto -

"Steering a safe course through our retirement years".

This is an invitation to retired – or about to be retired, active men and women of good character, living on the Hibiscus Coast, to become members of this popular local Senior's Club. Here you will be meeting up with others at future monthly gatherings - to enjoy conviviality and listen to excellent guest speakers.

Successful applicants will be invited to participate in low-cost outings to interesting places and events. For those who have an enthusiasm for keeping fit, our Rebus Ramblers of Gulf Harbour, meet weekly on a Monday morning for a 1-2 hour stroll to places near and far, followed by a refreshing coffee at a nearby Cafe.

Other "Interest Groups" already established include dining out,  Mah Jong, Classic Cars, 500 Cards, visits to the Auckland CBD and an annual BBQ. We have two quality luncheons during the year, one mid-year and the other pre-Christmas for members and partners. 

Meetings are held at the Gulf Harbour Yacht Club, 1299 Laurie Southwick Parade, Gulf Harbour at 9.30am until noon on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (excluding January) After a short business session, one of our own members is a Club speaker (10-15 mins) followed by morning tea and then an external Guest Speaker. Meetings conclude by midday. The annual Subscription is $25 plus a “one off” $25 joining fee.

​Our Club is the 50th Rebus Club in New Zealand and the 7th to be established in the Rodney District. Rebus is an organization which has its origins in the world-wide Probus movement which was a Rotary sponsored community service program.

However, unlike Rotary, we have no service obligations such as fund-raising or amenity establishment. Many of us have “been there, done that".


Now is the time of life to simply indulge ourselves with new friendships and leisure activities.

To learn more about Rebus Clubs in other parts of NZ, visit the NZ website by

clicking on this link  or call 09 424 7115 - Mob 0274 739 787.


    © Rebus Club of Gulf Harbour 2023.   Web design - G McIntosh

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Our Committee 20233-2024. From L-R, Neil Wild, IPP, Gill Wild, David Kilsby (Treasurer),
Verneice Kilsby, (Membership), Verna Harford (President) Jean McI ntosh (Newsletter Ed) 
Nancy Hewertson (Outings), Lynette Phillips (Secretary)  and Ken Daniels (Inset).
At our first meeting for 2024, we had the pleasure of inducting Barbara Wyber who has returned to NZ after many years in Australia. She resides in the Gulf Harbour village and enjoys being a kiwi again.
Our Club speaker was Colin Hewertson who gave an entertaining account of the first 25 years of his life. Born in Lancaster, UK, he came to NZ working for Fletcher Building and subsequently met wife  Nancy - now a member of our committee.
Our Guest Speaker for the February meeting was Pauline Bascik who had the distinction of being the first female long-haul truck driver in NZ. She and her husband started business in Christchurch in 1971 and now have  several depots across the length and breadth of this country. Pauline became a JP when in her 30s and also leant to fly after receiving an aeroplane for her birthday. Her son is now running the business following the earlier death of her husband. She related many interesting and challenging  experiences associated with a woman breaking into what was essentially a male dominated business.
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In spite of ominous weather forecasts earlier in the week, Wednesday 17 January 2024 proved to be just perfect for our annual BBQ. This was the 5th since the Club was established in 2019. Some 40 members rolled up complete with chairs, tables and all the necessary utensils to enjoy a fine menu with food prepared by Chefs, Keith  Handley, Garth Duttton, Peter Brignall and Graeme McIntosh. Neil Wild was the BBQ convenor and together with wife Gill, orchestrated the event to every one's entire satisfaction.
Our December meeting saw President  Verna induct two new members, Gill Raynor and Alister Fookes. A warm welcome was extended to them both and we look forward to their participation in future Club activities. A membership drive will be commenced in early 2024 to ensure we maintain and increase membership of our Club.
Pieter Hopkins was our Club speaker and gave us Pt 1 of his most interesting life story. Very entertaining with many identifying with his account of rural childhood life.
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Our Club's last activity for 2023 was the Christmas luncheon held at The Archer Restaurant in Stanmore Bay. Fine food, great company and the end of a vey active year for the Club.
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Seventeen members visited the Auckland Zoo on the 23 November 2023 to complete their tour of this outstanding facility. A trip earlier in the year was rained out halfway through. This time, perfect conditions.
Our Guest speaker for the 11 October Club Day, was Professor Emeritus Ralph Cooney, ONZM.  FRSNZ  Dsc  Phd. His subject was "A Pathway to Zero Carbon".  With research showing that 80% of Kiwis know climate is real with only 5% being climate deniers, he did not see the need to spend time on convincing us of the reality of climate change. Instead, through a series of slides, and commentary, took us on a journey which covered population projections to 2100, the impact more storms and floods in the 21st Century will have on mortality rates. Additionally, the likely impact on 25% of the Planet's population from the release of 2 Trillion tonnes of methane through the melting of the Arctic and Himalaya permafrost,  made a chilling prospect.
All however is not lost and with the target to limit climate warming to +2 C by 2050, the many efforts that are currently being made to achieve this including the Green Hydrogen revolution, a safer nuclear age and further development of renewables, provide some reassurance that all is not yet lost.
Professor Cooney concluded his presentation with some challenges for each and everyone of us. They appear below:
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At our September meeting, President Verna awards Past President Peter Odendaal a Life Membership acknowledging his pivotal role in the establishment of the Club in 2019. On the right, Peter cuts the Birthday Cake at a  morning tea celebrating the Club's 4th Anniversary.
Graeme and Jean McIntosh were the August Club speakers and presented a Power Point account of their time in the Bay of Islands 1991-2004 during which they owned and operated a Motel in Russell, a waterfront Fishing Lodge on the Te Wahapu Peninsula and finally built their dream lodge at Pt Veronica between Opua and Paihia. Graeme established a very successful fishing charter business and during those years, built 3 vessels to cope with the increased patronage. Jean managed the accommodation side of the business in addition to learning how to drive a tractor for the launching and retrieval of their charter boat/s. They retired to Whangaparaoa in Dec 2004 with each becoming foundation members of this Club. Both are also members of the Rebus NZ Board.

 An historic occasion - President Peter Odendaal inducts 21 Foundation members on the 9th October 2019

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