CSC Bunkum #1 2019 - Pre season work party and general information

13 February 2019

Hello for the first time in 2019 – I hope you’ve all had, and are still having, a great summer – it’s been a cracker!  Hard to think about snow when it’s so hot, but needs must …

Firstly, news from last year’s AGM.  We have a new Club President!  Please welcome to the helm Matt Fulton, who was elected unopposed.  Matt has been working hard as our Treasurer for the last two years and we’re happy to have him in the big chair.  Our thanks to retiring president, Bryan Clements, for his commitment and hard work - not that’s it’s over - Bryan remains on the committee in the Past President position so we can make the most of his knowledge and experience.  The role of Treasurer moves to club secretary, Rachel Ward.  We also welcome new committee members Kate Yeo, Steve McLennan, Shane Clements and David Millington.

The committee meets on the 3rd Wednesday evening of every month, March to October, in Hamilton.  The season planning meeting was held on January 29, where some important dates and events on the club calendar were set:

  • The 2019 pre-season “Provisions” work party will take place on Saturday & Sunday, March 16 & 17.  As per last year this is earlier than normal due to the limited availability of the all-important RAL front end loader. 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, clean and paint. We have a large amount of rubble collected from around the lodge that needs to be removed, there’s a new ski rack system to be installed, and the club linen needs to be brought back from laundering.  Lots to do…  If you have a sturdy wheelbarrow, please bring it – it greatly helps getting supplies and wood in, and rubble out.  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 $160 per senior member.  If you can attend this work party, or have any queries, please contact me at 
  • Mid-winter Christmas has been pencilled in for Saturday July 20, the last Saturday of the July school holidays.  This used to be a much loved and well patronised Christie event, I’m sure you’ve seen the collages on the lodge wall, but has not run for the last few years.  We’ve decided to give it one more chance, but we need someone to step up and take the reins – it shouldn’t be too onerous - a bit of promotion, organising a theme etc.  This will be its last chance to dance – if it doesn’t run this year it will be removed from the calendar.  If you’re interested in taking this on, please let me know.
  • Junior weekend – Sat & Sun, July 27 & 28.  This is a new addition to the club calendar, a weekend designed to get our juniors up and flying, with dedicated instructors.  Our club captain will have more info on this in a later bunkum.
  • Christiania Derby – Saturday August 3.  The first of the interclub races and a big weekend at the lodge.
  • Mens Few Days - Mon & Tues Aug 5 & 6.
  • Ladies Few Days moves to a new slot of Weds & Thurs July 31 & Aug 1.  A word from Kate Yeo: Ladies Few Days has been moved to coincide with the Derby weekend. The women's weekday getaway will give you time to practice your racing skills and relax, pre race meet, with likeminded women.  For those with partners who are participating in the Mens Few Days post Derby, the new dates provide the perfect opportunity to split the driving, and for the parents, the child care. Come join us to make this the most enjoyable derby week since …. 
  • Christiania Club Races – Saturday Sept 28.
  • End of Season Work Party - Sat & Sun, Nov 9 & 10.

Invoicing for subs will occur in early April.  If you’re aware of any changes to your membership status, please let me know at as soon as possible – it saves a lot of time and effort if changes are communicated before invoicing.  Subs remain the same as last year, but the committee has decided to reintroduce a joining fee for new members - $100 per new senior member, $50 per junior, to a maximum of $250 per family.  If you’re already a member, this does not affect you.

Remember, the lodge is available to be used all year round.  However, we have a lodge maintenance window from Monday March 4 to Friday March 15 – please avoid booking over these dates.

Are there any webmasters out there?  The skichristie website needs to be moved to a new platform asap – any advice, guidance and assistance would be hugely welcomed!

If you can do the pre-season work party, let me know as soon as possible -


CSC Bunkum #2 2019 - Subs delay

10 April 2019

In Bunkum # 1 this year I said that invoicing for subscriptions would occur in early April.  However, as we’re about to implement a long anticipated upgrade to our booking system, we’ve decided to push this back a month or so.  The new system needs to be thoroughly tested before we open for bookings so invoices will only be issued once we’re happy that all is working as expected.  Hopefully this shouldn’t affect the booking process.  As in past years there will be a brief priority period for members participating in mountain programs, as well as an initial restriction on the number of nights you can book in the school holidays.  If you have any concerns about this change in timing, please let me know.

The Provisions Work Party, run by Steve McLennan, was held on the weekend of March 16-17 – here’s what Steve had to say:
The 2019 provisions work party was attended by a full house of enthusiastic members from as far away as Northland and Wairarapa. With exterior work on the lodge now being done next summer, this year’s March work party was mainly about provisions, including carrying several hundred kilos of food and nine cubic metres of firewood from the Rock Garden road, and stacking and storing it in preparation for the coming season. Clean covers were put on all mattresses, pillows and duvets, and the 20+ bags of concrete pieces collected during the November work party were carried to the loader for removal, along with ancient rubbish that’s languished in the storeroom for years. The leaking water tank was drained and cleaned in preparation for its repair in April. Thanks to everyone who came for their hard work, and Pedro for feeding us so well as always.

Thanks to Steve for coordinating the weekend the following members for getting stuck in and helping out:

  • Phil and Rozlyn Armstrong
  • Anita, Jack, Max and Lua Stewart
  • Lynne Keary and Vinn Watts
  • Bram and Flora Stevens and Vivian Oskam
  • Phil and Sheree Lawton
  • Amy, Esther and Hazel Williams
  • Rik, Tracey, Gina and Holly Fisk
  • Genoveva, John, Anika and Thomas Smallfield
  • Phil Spencer Harris
  • John Stephenson and Olivia Paul plus 3 juniors ?????
  • Richard and Tanya Mocke

Thanks also to Kate Yeo for delivering a mountain of meat and Romi McLennan for working her way through a mountain of laundry!

Steve also had a note about maintenance work going on at the lodge at the moment: Our leaking water tank was emptied and cleaned during the March work party in preparation for applying a paintable membrane to seal the concrete structure, but after further investigation it’s been decided a prefabricated flexible liner would be a better long term solution. This will be installed soon at the same time as repairs to the lodge roof.

Recently at Tukino Lodge a plaque was presented to Tukino Alpine Sports Club (TASC) to commemorate the opening of the Tukino Lodge in July 1976, and the Christiania members who built the Lodge. For those who do not know the history, Christie built and ran the lodge concurrently with our present lodge. Over time it became an unsustainable financial liability so was gifted to the Outdoor Pursuits Centre in 2000 and subsequently is in the hands of TASC. Huge thanks to long standing Christie members Doug Downs and Neil Callaghan for initiating this and donating the plaque. 

Some of the “Fathers of Tukino” standing on the Tukino Lodge Deck, with the Waikato Glacier above and Te Hue Hue Peak in the cloud to the right.  l to r: Doug Downs, Neil Callaghan, Michael Callaghan, Kevin Williams.

A spin-off is that the clubs have agreed reciprocal booking rights for our members. If you’re interested in visiting Tukino Lodge please contact the bookings officer,

Also mentioned in Bunkum # 1 was the Mid Winter Xmas.  Sadly we’ve had no one step up to run this – it is now officially a dead horse and we will stop flogging it.  Santa will have to wait until December.

We’ve had a flurry of new members join the club since the end of last season – we welcome:

  • Diane Plant and Ernst Vos with Tom, Luke and Dylan
  • Sandy Turner
  • Greg Williams
  • Ella Buckley and Hamish Paris
  • Andy Rogers
  • Daniel & Mariska van Heerden with Tiaan, Aneda, Kaylin and Matthew
  • Richard & Tanya Mocke with Oliver, Keara and Sophie
  • Alex Gower
  • Mario & Elizabeth Smith with Mia and Lize-Mari