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CEO meetings with the members

One of the many disruptions forced on us by the COVID-19 pandemic has been our restricted ability to meet face-to-face with members over the past two years. 

With everything that's happened during that tumultuous period I'm looking forward to being able to meet as many members as possible throughout the country at Area meetings (see the schedule below) over an eight-week period starting in late June. 

We've got lots to talk about.

Much of it is good news; we have thrived as an Association during this difficult period, growing our membership and strengthening our financial position at a time when other similar organisations have been pretty much driven to their knees. 

That strong financial position has enabled us to confidently expand our NZMCA Parks portfolio - with our 54th member-only site, at Kaiaua, opening recently - and continue to further expand our member benefits. 

The fact is, those successes are down to you, our members. So I'm keen to personally acknowledge the great work of our Area Committees, Park Custodians and all the other volunteers who have continued to work for the good of the club despite the frustrations and pressures of lockdowns and other restrictions. 

Having said that, we - and our partners - haven't come out of all this unscathed. 

In some cases those COVID-19 disruptions caused the very disappointing (and in some cases, costly) cancellations of major club events such as Music In The Mountains, The Timber Town Romp, and then our annual National Rally which had all been many, many months in the planning.

As our Treasurer, Arthur Keane, reports in his column in this issue the Board is forecasting reduced profit levels in the year ahead and we know already we're facing increased costs in areas like the production of this publication. 

I'll be talking in more detail about these challenges as I meet with you.

Other topics that I'll cover include:

  • The Board's long-term vision for the future and how we believe it will ensure your children and grandchildren are, hopefully, able to enjoy the motorhome and caravan lifestyle as much as you do. 
  • Plans for our NZMCA Parks network, with upgraded facilities being available in some locations to cater for members' changing needs - on a user-pays basis. 
  • Exciting new developments like the Local Deal initiative, which is designed to provide special discounts for our members while also stimulating spending in the hard-hit tourism industry.
  • An update on our progress with our long-term negotiations with a couple of issues that are close to many members' hearts - the interval between COFs and the pricing of RUC charges. 
  • The role is conservation of our Association's small army of volunteers at a time when there's increasing focus, at all levels of society, on the need to reduce our country's carbon footprint. 
  • And finally, but by no means least, the future of freedom camping in light of the Minister of Tourism's draft Bill - which is due for release in the near future - and its likely (actually, certain) impact on Certified Self-Containment. 

All the meetings start promptly at 7pm with the opportunity to ask questions afterwards.

The schedule for CEO Bruce Lochore's meetings with NZMCA Areas is as follows:

Gisborne Cosmopolitan Club, 190 Derby Street, Gisborne
CornerStone Church, 144 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
Forum North (Council Building), 7 Rust Avenue, Whangārei
Remuera Club, 27 Ohinerau Street, Remuera, Auckland
Karaka War Memorial Hall, 321 Linwood Road, Karaka, Auckland
The Hamilton Gardens Pavilion, Central Court Function Room, Hungerford Crescent, Cobham Drive, Hamilton
Mt Maunganui Club, 45-47 Kawaka Street, Mount Maunganui
Whakatane RSA, 21 Richardson Street, Whakatane
Novotel Accor, Lake End Tutanekai Street, Rotorua
Devon Hotel, 390 Devon Street East, Strandon, New Plymouth
151 on London Motel, Conference Centre, 151 London Street, Whanganui
Copthorne Hotel, 110 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North
Petone Working Men's Club, 47 Udy Street, Petone, Wellington
Solway Park Wairarapa, High Street, Masterton
St Peter Chanel Hall, 817 Gordon Road, Hastings
Suncourt Hotel, Motutaiko Room, 14 Northcroft Street, Taupo
Greymouth Rodders Club, off Turamaha Street via Anzac Park, Greymouth
Alexandra District Club, 35 Centennial Avenue, Alexandra
Invercargill Working Men's Club, 154 Esk Street, Invercargill
Flagstaff Church facility, 9 Centennial Avenue, Wakari, Dunedin
Phar Lap Raceway Meeting Room, Pleasant Point Highway, just off Hilton Highway (SH1) Washdyke, Timaru
Hornby Working Men's Club, 17 Carmen Road, Hornby, Christchurch
Rangiora RSA, 82 Victoria Street, Rangiora
Clubs of Marlborough, 42 Alfred Street, Blenheim
Lower Moutere Hall, entrance just south of Lower Moutere School, 213 Main Road, Lower Moutere
War Memorial Hall, 200 Mary Street, Thames

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