July 2017 Newsletter
Hello fellow Auto-Trail owners.
Time for another newsletter to keep you up to date with Club news.
This will be held in Northland at the end of October, 27, 28 and 29th. This is the weekend after Labour Weekend. It will be held in Waipu, 40 km south of Whangarei.
I hope you can attend as the organizing committee, chaired by Denis Bradley, is promising a very enjoyable and informative weekend. There’s also the opportunity to extend the time either side of the rally to enjoy travel, bike trails, museums etc that Northland has to offer.
There will be plenty of parking area, for 70 or more vans if required, a big hall for our indoor activities and cafes and restaurants just a short distance away. Those of you who want to arrive or leave either side of the weekend are welcome to park on-site.
Some of the highlights already on the programme are:
* Auto-Trail UK’s Managing Director and Sales Manager attending. Yes, we’ve asked them to our rally and they have accepted our invitation.
* Scottish theme and wearable arts
* Bus tour including the refinery and port, local beaches and points of interest.
* 'Hints and ideas’ session (always popular)
* Award winning Waipu Museum and Heritage Walk
* Club discussions and next rally decision.
* Lots of time for socialising and getting ideas from other Auto-trail owners.
Questions for our Auto-Trail guests: Following their presentation on the new Auto-trail factory at Grimsly, what new models are in the pipeline, where the motorhome industry is heading both technically and in design and a few other topics we have asked them to cover, there will be limited time for questions. To get the best out of question time, I suggest you email me a question you would like answered and I will collate these into ‘headline’ questions to save having similar questions around the same topic. My email is email@example.com.
Tribute owner membership:
Thank you to those of you who have emailed me with your thoughts on this matter. This will have to be decided by members at the rally. I will collate your contributions. They so far lean towards allowing Tribute owners to join our Club. Interestingly it was a hotly debated issue with the ATOC UK and they agreed to membership now that the Tribute is badged Auto-trail.
The rally organizing committee agreed that Tribute owners who are already Club members will be most welcome at the rally.
There’s a few things I want to mention about our website.
1. We have a very informative and useful website thanks to the vision and expertise from Chris Gaelic who established it following our rally at Ohakune. He has since continued to modify and improve the site.
2. My sincere thanks go to Peter Robieson for his assistance with maintaining the website on a day to day basis; especially with regards to membership. Les Gibson has recently offered to help out too, with particular regard to sorting the Forum topics into more appropriate categories. Too many posts have been put into ‘General’.
The forum has been a wonderful source of information, ideas and assistance. Thank you to those of you who have so willingly contributed to help others.
3. Many of you have changed your vans, location, phone numbers etc. Please log on and click/touch ‘Update Your Details’ and you’ll see a window that easily allows you to do just this. Some of your information is missing or incorrect such as motor home model, address and post code. As with any club or business, it’s a difficult job to keep a database of members or customers up to date so your help with this is very much appreciated.
4. If you have a problem with the website, can’t put photos in the forum, forgotten your password etc use the ‘Contact Us’ button and either Chris, Peter, Les or I will help with your problem.
5. Have a look at our Home Page - our logo is now there; also some interesting statistics on models of vans owned and regional membership numbers.
Membership numbers and Auto-trail models owned:
The total number registered to use our forum is now 375** and of those 300 are full members***. Membership growth over the last 3 years has been:
2017 (to now) 108
It’s also been interesting to note what models of Auto-trail our members own. Here some numbers I have pulled out of our membership database:
Other or N/A 25
** Our total membership including overseas registrations and NZ registrations that don’t own an Auto-trail motorhome but still can use the forum.
*** Full members ie those that own an Auto-trail and reside in NZ.
South Island Rally: Our South Island membership is growing and is now over 70. Its a long way to Northland to our next rally so most of you may not attend. We need to have a rally in the South Island. How about a South Island member putting your hand up and forming a committee of nearby owners to organise a South Island rally for next autumn.
We have bumper stickers available generously designed and printed by members Leicester and Sue Fifield. These were available for free distribution at our last two rallies and will be available at our next rally.
If you wish to have one now, please send a stamped addressed envelope to me at
13 The Pheasant Tail, Brentwood, Taupo 3330.
I'm glad to see our Facebook group page being used. Thank you Sandy and Russell for setting this up and maintaining it. It's great to see where members are coming and going (like following Russell and Sandra's journey home from the UK).
Happy, safe motorhoming....
May 2017 Newsletter
Wow, it's nearly halfway through the year already and only 5 months and a bit to our next rally in Northland. After the organising committee meets in June, there will be more to report on the programme etc.
Membership: Our Club membership has increased by 59 since the beginning of the year and is fast approaching 280 full members plus 65 Forum only members. (The difference being, that to be given full membership following registration, you have to be an Auto-trail owner residing in NZ. With full membership you receive newsletters and can access the Club directory on the website.)
Website: It's pleasing to note that our website forum is being extensively used. All sorts of questions and answers are being submitted. Don't forget you can receive email alerts of anything posted on the forum by clicking 'subscribe to.........' on any of, or all of the 5 forum categories.
Our honorary webmaster, Chris Gaelic, has made some enhancements to the registration page to make it easier to fill in correctly. After logging in, you can click on 'Update your details' and the registration page shows all the details you entered previously. PLEASE have a look at this and update anything you want to change (eg address, email) or fill in missing information (eg, post code, NZMCA number). You may have originally filled in the name windows incorrectly too, especially the first window that should read as an example: Jack and Jill Smith or Jack Smith and Jill Jones.
The Directory now has three sort columns - Name, Rego, and NZMCA number so you can quickly find a member with any of these parameters. The Directory also has a new feature - a place to click to print.
Thank you Chris for these enhancements. We are so grateful for the website you have established and modified for us. Also thank you to Peter Robieson for managing the registrations that keep coming in, sometimes 1 or 2 a day.
No longer an Auto-trail owner: If you have sold your Autotrail and now drive another make or are now not motorhoming, please advise either Peter or me.
Bumper Stickers: We have bumper stickers available generously designed and printed by Club members Leicester and Sue Fifield. These were available for free distribution at our last rally and will be available at our next rally. The size is 150x60mm. If you wish to have one now, please send a stamped addressed envelope to me at 13 The Pheasant Tail, Brentwood, Taupo 3330.
Tribune owners allowed to join our Club: this was discussed at the Hamilton rally 2 years ago and there was a good majority voting to keep our Club exclusively Auto-trail owners. We perhaps need to discuss this again at our next rally. In the meantime feedback from members would be welcome.
Organisation for our next rally is all on track for the weekend(less than 6 weeks away!). This particular weekend has been chosen because it is also the start of Taranaki's annual Garden and Events Festival week. So there's plenty to do and see in Taranaki after the rally.
The organising committee (Taranaki members, Margaret & Jim Ward, Lyesette & Rudi Benkert, Fred & Judith Kalin, Raewyn & David Lusk, Rob & Ann Coutanche and ex-Taranaki Trevor and Audrey Coleman) has put together a very entertaining weekend for us. The venue is the Taranaki Swiss Club, Kaponga with ample flat parking for our vans (see www.swiss.org.nz/taranaki for aerial photos of their club rooms). Over 70 members have registered (nearly 40 vans): this has filled night's dinner venue - the Kaponga Hotel.
If you are still thinking about attending our rally and haven’t already done so, please phone or email Trevor or Audrey Coleman, phone 027 242 8373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rally fee: the organising committee has managed to keep costs down and the fee will be $10 per person payable on arrival.night’s dinner cost is $30 per person payable on the night at the hotel. There will also be a raffle to help towards rally costs.
How to get there: If coming from the North, travel down to Stratford then onto Eltham on the main highway. Turn right into Bridge Street in the centre of Eltham (you will see a hotel on the corner), carry onto Eltham Road, proceed onto Kaponga, in the centre of Kaponga turn left onto Manaia Road, then right into Lorne Street at next intersection, you will see the sign pointing to the Swiss Club – turn left into Grace Ave. If you are coming from the South turn left in Eltham at the hotel (Bridge Street) then just follow the above. If you are completely lost just ring 027-2428373.
For those with a GPS the co-ordinates are -39.4316 and 174.1475.
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