CSC Bunkum #1 2022 - Welcome to a New Year!

9 March 2022

Welcome to the first Christie Bunkum for 2022 - I hope it finds you well and enjoying a late summer, it's been spectacular where I am.

The Christie Committee met recently for its pre-season planning meeting.  We have 2 new general committee members, Vivian Oskam and Tony Hancock - welcome!  We also farewell retiring committee member, Ella Buckley.  Thankfully Ella will still be helping out with our Mid-Winter Christmas and Juniors Weekend events, so all is not lost!  The full committee list is here – we meet once a month from February to November.

The 2022 pre-season Provisions Work Party will be held on Saturday & Sunday, March 26 & 27 (with a backup weekend of April 2 & 3).  I realise this is only 2 weekends away and apologise for the late notice.  Due to the changing nature of this work party, i.e. limited vehicular access to the mountain and the use of helicopters to ferry bulk supplies, we are limiting this to a maximum of 12 adult members. It's early this year to hopefully avoid the bad weather we experienced last year, which resulted in multiple postponements.

There will also be a pre-season Cleanup Work Party held on Saturday & Sunday, May 28 & 29.  This weekend is all about getting the lodge ready for winter - lots of cleaning with a few maintenance jobs thrown in, and juniors are welcome!  If you're interested in attending either of these work parties, or have any queries, please let me know -  Remember, attending a work party exempts you from the Work Party levy in your annual subs – a saving of $190 per Senior member.

Other dates for the year can be found on the club calendar.  While the Christiania Derby is set to run on Saturday August 13, dates for other important club events like Mid-Winter Christmas, Juniors Weekend and Mens & Ladies Few Days are still to be confirmed. 

The Committee is mindful that many members will want to know the Club's position on COVID this year as regards attending the lodge. Last year we followed public health guidelines.  Guidelines are currently changing regularly and it's impossible to predict what the environment will be in 4 or so months when the season opens.  At this time we believe it's too early to define our own rules, as they could also change.  Be assured that the club remains committed to ensuring the welfare of members whilst in the lodge so our position will take into account:
  • what protocols the government has in place at the time, and
  • what RAL is requiring regarding lifts and facilities

As per last year, a fundamental requirement will be that if you are unwell, please do not come to the lodge.  If unsure, please get COVID tested (RATs are now available).  We will also continue last year's exceptions to the cancellation policy for reasons of illness.  Please watch this space.

We also realise that access to the lodge last season for our Auckland, Northland, and to a lesser extent, Waikato members, was restricted by COVID lockdowns.  We are considering some relief options for affected members.  If you were unable to visit the lodge last year due to lockckdowns, please email me the details -  The committee will consider these on a case by case basis.

Good news for our juniors who are about to become seniors, and are in full-time tertiary education.  We are introducing a Tertiary Membership at a $0 annual sub but subject to a standard work party levy. So if you're a Tertiary member who attends a work party, there will be no annual sub to pay!  Accommodation rates will be between Senior and Junior rates.  Full details of this will be defined on the club website and in the club constitution within the next couple of weeks, but if you have any queries about this, and how it might affect your family, please let me know. (Please note, this will only be available to existing members, or new joining families with tertiary age children)

Enjoy the remains of summer, we'll see you in winter!