CSC Bunkum #1 - Dates, Rates & Pre Season Work Party

4 March, 2021

Welcome to 2021, I hope you’ve had a great summer.  I can feel the seasons starting to change and we’re starting to think about the 2021 Winter season.

The Christie committee met for its pre-season planning meeting a couple of weeks ago and defined some important dates on the club calendar:

The 2021 pre-season Provisions Work Party will be held on Saturday & Sunday, April 10 & 11.  This work party is ideally suited for Junior members of all ages; we clean out the pantry, replenish it with the latest and greatest, stack a heap of fire wood, and generally prep the lodge for winter.  It would be great to see some of our newer families come and lend a hand and find out how the provisioning logistics work.  Plus it exempts you from the Work Party levy in your annual subs – a saving of $190 per senior member.  If you can attend this work party, or have any queries, please contact me at

  • Christiania Derby – Saturday, July 31 - the first of the interclub races and a big weekend at the lodge.
  • Men’s Few Days – Mon & Tues, August 2 & 3 
  • Christiania Club races – Saturday, October 2 
  • End of Season Work Party – Sat & Sun, November 20 & 21 
  • Mid-Winter Christmas, Juniors Weekend and Ladies Few Days dates will be confirmed shortly – please keep your eye on the club calendar.

There has been an increase to 2021 membership subscription rates, as agreed at last year’s AGM.  Annual subs for Seniors will be $190, Juniors remain at $50, with the work party levy (applicable to Seniors only) moving to $190.  Remember, your work party levy is waived if you participate in Work Parties or do some equivalent work for the club.  We’ve also reintroduced the Joining Fee for new members.

Accommodation rates will also rise slightly to $48 per night for Seniors and $32 for Juniors. Committee agreed these changes following extensive research and modelling by our Treasurer (thanks Kerry!), whereby Christie still provides outstanding value for money compared with similar clubs.  Associate and Guest rates have also changed – full details are here.  Also a new Tertiary Student membership class is being drafted, to be voted on at AGM (details will be shared soon).

We are currently looking at an alternative to our aging booking system so expect some changes on that front this year.  Dates for subs invoicing, opening of bookings etc will be communicated once we get some more clarity on the new system.  If you’re aware of any changes to your membership status, please let me know as soon as possible – it saves a lot of time and effort if changes are communicated before invoicing.


CSC Bunkum #2 2021 - Pre Season Work Party POSTPONED, new mattresses

31 March, 2021

The Provisions Work Party that was to have been held on Sat/Sun, April 10 & 11, has been postponed to the following weekend, April 17 & 18.  This is due to a couple of factors – BidVest, our bulk food distributor, is unable to schedule a delivery to Whakapapa at that time, and we’re also unable to guarantee helicopter availability.

All members who expressed interest in attending the April 10 work party have been contacted and, thankfully, most are still available for April 17.  But there’s still space for more!  If you’re interested in attending, please let me know.

For newer members who may not have attended a work party before, the Provisions Work Party is well suited for junior members as we restock the pantry, stack firewood and generally prepare the lodge for winter.  Late season work parties usually have more heavy lifting and deep cleaning and maintenance tasks so are not as suitable for younger members. You can arrive Friday evening or Saturday morning, and we’re usually well out of there by Sunday lunch time.  There is, of course, no charge for accommodation for these days.  And remember, attending a work party exempts you from the Work Party levy in your annual subs – a saving of $190 per senior member.

You’ll be glad to hear that the club has purchased 14 new Sleepyhead hotel grade mattresses and protectors to replace our existing larger single mattresses.  I’m not sure if these will be in by April 17, but they’ll definitely be there by the start of the season.  Please note undocumented lodge rule #1 – Mum & Dad get first pick of the bunks!