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Hamilton Gardens trip 27 October 2022
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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 recently established 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 and visits to the Auckland CBD. 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 $30 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 2022.   Web design - G McIntosh

At our Club Day  11 May, we welcomed two new members, Trish Davis and Ken Daniels

            Our Committee  2022-23,
Pam Warner (Secretary), Judi Lee (IPP), Gill Wild (Vice President),
      Neil Wild (President), Christine Handley, Keith Handley (Treasurer).


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Collage No 1 - Christmas Luncheon at Red Beach Surf Lifesaving Club 30 November 2022
Collage No 2 - Christmas luncheon 2022
Nicky Gumbrell was our Guest Speaker on 9th November. She was  accompanied by two Therapy dogs and gave us a most interesting account of the important role which these dogs can play in the lives of elderly citizens and others with disabilities.
Nicky is seen here with her assistant Leo and dogs Mr Bingley and Manny.
A very well attended meeting views the Power Point presentation  provided by our speaker
Nicky Gumbrell
The Sales Table headed by Jean and Pauline goes from strength to strength- all items sold this day! A record turnover - thanks to busy shoppers.
Frank Townley reminded us that on the 11 November 1918, after four terrible years of fighting, an armistice was signed between the Germans & Allies. He invited members to join with others at the RSA service on the morning of the 11th.
Club Speaker Bill Anderson recounted his early days training in photography. He noted the huge advances made in this field as we transitioned from film to digital. He was pleased to learn that a recently discovered undeveloped film in one of his old cameras, could still be processed - there apparently being a resurgence of interest in film. Bill's address was topped off with a handful of hilarious short stories which left us all with sore sides.

On the occasion of our Club's 3rd Anniversary, Catie Theron was  our Club's October Speaker. She entertained and enthralled us all with  her presentation -"This is my life".  Accompanied with a Power point illustration, we were  privileged to  have an insight into  her life in multi-racial South Africa with husband Piet, before finally settling in NZ. Catie's family go back three centuries in South Africa.

Mark Witoszka was our Guest Speaker, his subject- " Russian-Ukranian War, an alternative view"

With this terrible issue dominating our daily news, it was interesting to be presented with this counter-perspective. 

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After several months of thwarted plans, 24 of us finally got to the Zoo on the 22nd September. We were privileged to be professionally guided by our very own member, VP Gill  Wild. These photos were taken before the rain set in with a vengeance. Perhaps an excuse to return another day to complete our viewing?


Our Guest Speaker for the September Club Day was Rod Jenden, founder and owner of Wet& Forget. He gave us a fascinating background on how this company grew from a DIY project to a multi-million-dollar empire. With the Head Office and factory based in Silverdale, Wet & Forget is now well established in the US, UK, Australia and Germany, France and Japan are next on the list.

Verniece Kilsby, as the Club Speaker gave an account of some of the life experiences she and husband David have shared over many years and now as long-time residents on the Peninsula.


Past President Judi Lee thanks Entertainer and Impersonator, Colin Parris, for his outstanding and hilarious presentation at our Club Day 10 August 2022. Several well known TV personalities are featured in the collage below. They are Frank Spencer, Lance Corporal Jones, Dame Edna Everage, Steptoe and Benny Hill.

Garth Dutton was our Club Speaker with an entertaining  power point presentation on a building project on Fitzroy Island, Gt Barrier Reef.

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