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, 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 Rebus.nz or call 09 424 7115 - Mob 0274 739 787.
Our Committee 2023-24 Neil Wild, (IPP), Gill Wild, Verna Harford (President) David Kilsby (Treasurer)
Verneice Kilsby (Membership) and Pam Naylor (Secretary)
Dave Brittain and Matt Van Der Linden were our guest speakers
for the 8th March meeting. They provided an entertaining and informative history of the Hibiscus Coastguard organization.
Its origins date back to 1978 when it was the Hibiscus Boating Club. Today, it is one of 25 units of the Coastguard Northern region. We were impressed with the dedication of all its volunteer members. Accounts given of some recent rescues underline the importance of this service to our boating community. In the photo we see an appreciation to our speakers being extended by Gill Wild
As one of her first duties as the Club's newly elected President, Verna Harford had the pleasure of inducting Lynette Elliott into the membership. A warm welcome is extended to Lynette.
At our first meeting for 2023, Pres Neil had the pleasure of inducting 5 new members. From L-R: Bryan Wentworth, Toni Davies, Sue Lorimer, (Pres Neil) Roslyn Burns and Terry Burns. A warm welcome was extended by the meeting to our new members.
Prof David Gerrard, OBE, CNZM, MB ChB (Otago) was our Guest Speaker for the February meeting and gave an outstanding presentation on his chosen subject. His half century of Olympic Sport commenced with the Tokyo Games in 1964 as an Olympian swimmer and gained both gold and bronze medals in the 1966 Commonwealth Games. He has served as NZ Olympic Team Doctor, twice NZ Chef de Mission and Medical Commissioner over 10 Summer Olympic Games. His address covered the period up until his retirement from clinical and academic practice in 2016. Specific topics included drug misuse, sports politics, Hall of Shame and issues of transgender sport.
Past President Peter Odendaal was our Club Speaker and entertained us with a "This is my Life"
presentation. After deciding that he did not wish to become an accountant, embarked on a career in shipping freight and ultimately, the advent of containerization.
Annual BBQ held at Shakespear Regional Park 18 January, 2023
BBQ Collage No 2
Verna Harford - Club Speaker for December , provided a very
entertaining slide presentation of "This is my life", with emphasis on her nursing career and travel adventures.
Our Guest Speaker was Jenny Lisefski from the Whangaparaoa Library. Her very informative Power Point presentation covered the many services provided by Council through its network of libraries - not all of which were known to members.
Christmas Luncheon at Red Beach Surf Lifesaving Club 30 November 2022
A very well attended meeting views the Power Point presentation provided by our speaker
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.