CSC Bunkum #1 2020 - Committee movements and Covid-19 update

May 1, 2020

Apologies for the delay getting this first Bunkum of 2020 to you, it’s been a strange year!

Firstly, a catch up on committee movements: please welcome Steve McLennan as our new club President.  I’m sure many of you will be familiar with Steve, he and his family have been very active members since 2017, and he headed the Maintenance Committee in 2019.  Thankfully he’s continuing in this role also.  Rachel Ward moves from Secretary and Treasurer to Club Captain. Kate Yeo takes up the role of Secretary and Kerry Jones joins the committee as Treasurer.  We welcome 2 new general committee members, Ella Buckley and Nick Plant.  The full committee list is here – we meet once a month from February to November.  We farewell retiring committee members Kirk Hannaford (Club Captain 2017 – 2019), Steve Roper and Mark Farrell, thanks for all your input and hard work.

We also have a new Life Member – this was awarded to Bryan Clements at last year’s AGM.  David Glenn presented a comprehensive tribute to Bryan, highlighting his long service to the club since joining in 2007.  Bryan becomes the club’s 26th Life Member, and one of only a handful who now has his name on all 3 honours boards in the lodge.  Congratulations Bryan, most deserved!

The main purpose of this Bunkum is to discuss Covid-19 and how it may affect the club in 2020.  In early April Mt Ruapehu stated that this season at Whakapapa may be significantly different from normal due to their inability to perform pre-season maintenance, among other things. Their latest official release states that they now have operational teams on the mountain.  The Bruce Rd remains closed through Alert Level 3.  We may be able to open the lodge at Alert Level 2, but with distancing restrictions that may seriously limit the number of members we can accommodate.  We have already been forced to cancel the pre-season work party.

We are quietly continuing our pre-season planning, but recognise the possibility that the mountain and/or the lodge may open in a greatly reduced manner.  This will have a major effect on the club finances.  We have fixed costs of around $40,000 a year, whether we have people in the lodge or not.  We do have a small amount of funds on hand that would normally be spent on building maintenance and future capital improvements.  By deferring maintenance and improvements we can cover some disruption to our normal operation.  This is less than ideal and obviously not sustainable.

However, we understand that many of you will also be in uncertain situations.  So, for the 2020 season, we are proposing the following:

  • Membership subscription invoices will be sent out in May
  • There will be no work party levy included in 2020 invoices – this is a reduction of $160 per senior member
  • Work party credits that were due this year will be credited to 2021 membership
  • 50% of your subscription invoice will be due by the end of May
  • The remaining 50% will be payable when the mountain opens – access to the booking system will be given at this time.
  • There will be no change to Associate memberships subs. 

We value your support and welcome any feedback on this.  If there are changes to your membership details, please let me know as soon as possible.

The club calendar contains important dates for the club and on the mountain, most of them tbc (to be confirmed) at this stage.  We will confirm these dates as and when we are able.

I hope you’re all well in your bubbles, I’ll be looking forward to enjoying some other bubbles in front of the fire as soon as is possible!


CSC Bunkum #2 2020 - Covid-19 update

23 May 2020

We hope that all our Christie whanau are staying safe and well through these challenging times!

The government’s recent lowering to level 2 is good news for us, and of course for your families and your livelihoods. Ski fields were given confirmation that skier numbers did not need to be restricted at level 2, whilst they still need to maintain other measures.  Mt Ruapehu's latest info release is here.

The committee is closely studying these requirements, and hoping that further easing of restrictions occur soon. We are not yet in a position to announce how Christie Lodge will operate this ski season, but remain hopeful and prepared for a season that is not too severely impacted. It might still require things like reduced lodge numbers, physical distancing, different cleaning procedures.  We will announce that decision in June.  Info on the government alert level details is available here

We have unfortunately decided not to run this year’s Christiania Derby.  The uncertainty around how the mountain will operate, particularly in the early part of the season, combined with the challenge of social distancing a lodge full of post Derby party goers, make running the event unfeasible.  I believe we will be the 4th club (out of 5) to cancel their annual events. 

As outlined in April’s bunkum, one of our challenges is to fund around $40,000 yearly fixed expenses. Repeated for you below is 2020 subs information, which attempts to soften the demand on you, but still provide some necessary income for the club:

  • Membership subscription invoices will be sent out soon
  • There will be no work party levy included in 2020 invoices – this is a reduction of $160 per senior member
  • Work party credits that were due this year will be credited to 2021 membership
  • 50% of your subscription invoice will be due on receipt of your invoice.
  • The remaining 50% will be payable when we have confirmation of Whakapapa opening dates. Access to the booking system will be given on receipt of payment.
  • There will be no change to Associate memberships subs. 

We are mindful that for some this may still present a greater challenge than usual. If so, please do not hesitate to contact the committee to discuss options. We do not want to lose members because of this!

At the same time we are aware that some of you may be in a position to support the club in meeting some of its costs. We invite any help in this way, for example by:

  • Making a one-off donation
  • Life members paying a one-off “sub” this year

You are very welcome to contact the committee to make this offer or suggest other ways you can help.

Expect more updates in the next few weeks.


CSC Bunkum #3 2020 - It's Full Steam Ahead!

4 June 2020

What a great job New Zealand has done dealing with Covid-19!  With no new cases and plunging alert levels life is returning somewhat to normal.  I’m happy to say we’re now in a position to operate a relatively normal season.

RAL have announced an opening date for Whakapapa and Turoa of July 1. As they have been signalling for the last few months, facilities will be reduced from normal – Whakapapa lifts in operation will be: Happy Valley Carpets, Sky Waka Gondola, Rangatira Express (Weekends and inclement weather days) and the Knoll T-Bar.  The Valley T may open later in the season dependent on demand.  Full details are here.
Given the reduced facilities on mountain, RAL have decided not to run any of their annual events this year. This includes all of the inter club races (most of which had already been cancelled by their respective clubs), Primary Schools weeks (NIPS), North Island Masters etc.  Their focus: “This winter for RAL is just about getting people out there and enjoying the snow”.  For more info on this, have a look at the Whakapapa Events Facebook group.

We are now also able to run the lodge at full capacity, so we are full steam ahead for the 2020 season!  The lodge will be open for business, with custodians in residence, from July 1.  We will be subject to public health guidelines related to Covid-19, more info on this closer to opening date.  And in spite of the event cancellations, we will be keeping the Christie club spirit alive. We are planning to hold a Mid-Winter Xmas Party on July 25. The Kids weekends, Ladies Few Days and Mens Few Days will all still be going ahead as originally planned.

Although we’ve been unable to run a pre-season work party, there has been a bit going on at the lodge:

  • We’ve had a team of pro roofers replace hundreds of snapped and damaged screws, washers and seals.  They’ve identified a couple of other issues which are still to be attended to.
  • Pedro has built and installed a new glove rack to replace the worn old plastic one – it looks great.  Reminder – not for jackets!!
  • Firewood for the season has been ferried up, plus a new steriliser for the kitchen - good timing!
  • Full provisions for the season have been ordered and will be going up in the next couple of weeks.

Glove rack à la Pedro

Glove rack à la Pedro

Subscription invoices have been sent to all members, with the exception of a small number of Life Members who incur no fees.  If you have not received your invoice, please contact me as soon as possible.

Thanks to members who have already made payments.  As per recent bunkums, if you’ve only paid half the invoiced amount, the remaining half is now due.  Access codes to the Booking System will be sent from Sunday June 7 to members who have paid their full subscription.  Remember - if you haven’t paid, you can’t make bookings.  Please note, the restrictions normally in place around school holidays etc. are not being applied this year.

We have a long list of members who are patiently waiting for a locker or ski rack to become available.  If you currently have access to a locker or ski rack, please ensure your subs are paid promptly to secure it for the 2020 season.

We have some new additions to the club membership:

  • Mark & Mel Van Etten, with Jesse, Will and Hudson, from Tauranga
  • Tony Hancock, with Sophie and Thomas, from Hamilton

Welcome aboard guys, we hope you have a happy time with us


CSC Bunkum #4 2020 - Mid Winter Christmas, Mens and Ladies Few Days, Juniors Weekend

19 June 2020

Dear members and friends

We are less than 2 weeks away from Whakapapa opening, and it’s business as usual in the Christie Lodge.  The committee is very grateful to members for your strong support, with 85% of subs paid and a strong start to lodge bookings.  We’ve also been touched by a handful of generous donations - a demonstration of how much the club means to us. 

Planning is well underway for some of our traditional club events:

Mid-Winter Christmas, July 25.  Yes, it’s back, in all its glory - there will be festive food, Santa, lots of laughter and fun costumes! The aim of the Christmas Party is to get everyone together after our summer break and introduce new families to the club and clubbies. The costume theme this year is Christmas characters. We also ask that you each please bring a small $5-$10 gift for Secret Santa.  We look forward to seeing you and your costumes at the party!

Ladies’ & Men's Few Days - Bring your mates and come join us for fun skiing, snowboarding, or hiking while the kids are at school.  Yummy food, great banter and lots of laughter will be on the après ski menu.  As a bonus this year accommodation for your friends will be at "Mates Rates" for these few days of socialising and skiing. This means guests are welcome at Member rates if accompanied by a Member – see below for more info.

  • Men’s dates: Monday & Tuesday, August 3 & 4
  • Ladies' dates: Monday & Tuesday, August 17 & 18

Juniors Weekend - August 8 & 9 - This is all about the kids, children, lads, lasses, tweens and teenagers. The aim of the weekend is to help improve our junior members’ skiing, and for them to have fun with their friends and families. We will have 2 or 3 in house instructors to teach and entertain the juniors on the slopes. There will also be games in the evening which we'll be encouraging everyone to participate in.  The more children the better!

Lodge operation under Level 1 - as we all continue to keep NZ COVID-free, we stress the need to not go to the lodge if you have cold or flu-like symptoms. Please follow the Ministry of Health simple rules.  Although our normal 4-day cancellation policy applies (no refund if cancellation is within 4 days of a booking), if you need to cancel at shorter notice due to illness, you can contact the committee to ask for a credit/refund.  If you do know in advance that you cannot attend, the more notice you give, the more chance someone else can use the vacancy.

Guests at Member rates – as mentioned above, you can bring guests at member rates for Ladies and Men’s Few Days – this offer is for the Sunday to Thursday of those weeks – the nights of August 2 - 6 and 16 – 20.  Guests must be accompanied by a senior member.  Please make a separate booking for your guest, use the “Member” membership type so you get the correct rate, and remember to detail their names, and the name of the member who is hosting them.

A few things to remember please when making lodge bookings:

  • In your booking it is essential you include:
    • Names of all people being booked in
    • Ages of any juniors
    • Your estimated arrival time - this helps catering plans and allows for safety follow-up if someone is really late
  • Please alter or transfer a booking rather than cancelling wherever possible. Mistakes happen but using your booking reference number (record it when you make the booking) you can change your existing booking. Cancellations create manual work for the booking officer and refunds are not straight forward.
  • All alterations/transfers, just like cancellations, must be made prior to 96 hours of your booked bunk date. This gives fair opportunity for all users and dissuades misuse such as "weather-watching".
  • If you’re going to arrive at the lodge much later than you estimated please make a courtesy call to the lodge to give an update.  Otherwise the party leader will worry/respond unnecessarily.  Lodge number is 07-892-3829.
  • New members - If you want an escort to the lodge, ring in advance so the party leader can send a volunteer to meet you and guide you up.

Access details to the Christie Booking System have been sent to members who have paid their subs – if you haven’t received your details, please let me know asap.  Remember - if you haven’t paid your subs, you can’t make bookings!

We welcome new members Ian and Rochelle Wilson, with daughter Ella, from Papamoa, and welcome back returning member Peter Wynne-Jones from Hamilton.

Time to dust off your gear and start snow dancing -  see you soon!


CSC Bunkum #5 - we're getting there!

14 July 2020

There has been skiing, honest.  The Rangatira has been running this week and RAL staff are busy preparing the upper mountain.  By the look of the mountain cams today, it’s starting to look good up there.  The lodge has been in school holiday mode – it’s good to see the club faithful and some new members in residence.

You may have heard of some changes to car parking at Whakapapa.  RAL are introducing a booking system for weekend day parking between July 25 and September 27 – if you’re coming up for the day, and don’t have a booking, you may be turned away.  There will be 400 overnight parks available for clubbies, using carparks 2 &3 and various roadside locations.  RMCA have prepared an overview of the changes that also includes information the Bruce Road management and closure policy.  A map of where the overnight parks are located is also available.  I strongly urge you to familiarise yourself with these changes – forewarned is forearmed!  RAL also provide some FAQs on their website.  There are still a few questions to be answered - we will provide more information as it becomes clear.

Some housekeeping, particularly for new members – please be aware that you may not be able to access your bunkroom until 4PM on the day you arrive.  If you arrive before 4PM, you’ll need to either leave your gear in your car until the end of the day, or store it neatly somewhere in the lodge until your room becomes vacant.  Please also note that lunch is not provided on your day of arrival – if you arrive early and want to have lunch at the lodge, you’ll need to pay the casual rate, currently $5 per person (although this is under review).  Lunch is provided on your day of departure.  If you are in any doubt, please talk to the Party Leader.

We have some upcoming events:

  • Mid-Winter Christmas, July 25 – 13 bunks still available
  • Men's Few Days, Monday & Tuesday, August 3 & 4 – 27 bunks still available – come on guys!!
  • Juniors Weekend, August 8 & 9 – no bunks available – sorry, too slow!
  • Ladies Few Days, August 17 & 18 – 29 bunks still available, come on ladies!

More information on these events is available in Bunkum #4 – if you have any other questions let me know and I’ll make sure your query gets to the right person.

Once the snow started falling, we had a rush of membership applications – please welcome to the club:

  • Don Draper from Auckland
  • Tania Sievwright and Diedrik Oomens, with Lucas, Isabel and Thoomas, from Auckland
  • Jason Buchanan and Akanksha Biradar from New Plymouth
  • Harriet and Dayle Filer, with Dominic and Charlotte, from Taupo
  • Jess Walker from Cambridge
  • Mark Kenyon-Slade from Tauranga

A correction from Bunkum #4 – I introduced one of our new members, Peter Wynne-Jones, incorrectly.  Apologies Peter, it won’t happen again.

See you soon!


CSC Bunkum #6 - Covid-19 restrictions

13 August 2020

A short Bunkum in response to the Covid restrictions put in place yesterday.  At Level 2 the lodge is able to operate normally, with appropriate social distancing and hygiene practices.  Party Leaders will be advised of any extra requirements and will communicate these to members and guests in the lodge.

As per Bunkum # 4:  “As we all continue to keep NZ COVID-free, we stress the need to not go to the lodge if you have cold or flu-like symptoms. Please follow the Ministry of Health simple rules.  Although our normal 4-day cancellation policy applies (no refund if cancellation is within 4 days of a booking), if you need to cancel at shorter notice due to illness, you can contact the committee to ask for a credit/refund.  If you do know in advance that you cannot attend, the more notice you give, the more chance someone else can use the vacancy.”  I would add that being prevented from leaving your region due to Lockdown would also be a valid exception to the policy.  As always we would ask that you consider transferring your booking to an alternative date rather than cancelling.

Please also be aware that, as of yesterday, Mt Ruapehu have extended their Bookable Parking System from weekends only to 7 days a week.  Bookable Parking information is available here and specific alert level 2 parking guidelines are available here

Possibly most importantly, we’ve just been made aware that DoC are restricting access to the Bruce Rd as of tomorrow evening.  The info we have is somewhat confusing but our understanding at this stage is:

  • the Bruce Rd will be CLOSED from 6PM each day until 7AM the following morning
  • all vehicles are required to have a booking for each parking day
  • you’ll need to show your booking confirmation to the person on the Barrier to get up the road

So, if you’re coming up on Friday afternoon before 6pm for the weekend, you’ll need to book parking for the Saturday and Sunday.  If you arrive after 6PM, or don’t have your parking booked, you won’t be allowed past the barrier.  This may affect clubbies already booked into the lodge who don’t already have carpark bookings.

We will update you with more information as it becomes clear.


CSC Bunkum #7 - Fun & games, Covid and Bruce Rd updates

21 August, 2020

It’s been fun and games at the lodge over the last month with a number of well attended events:

The Mid-Winter Christmas Party was a merry time.  We had a Xmas decorated themed dining room and everyone came in Xmas dressups.  There was a beautifully cooked ham with all the trimmings, Santa graced us with his presence plus presents! and we had after dinner games.  Fun for everyone.  Plus the Valley T opened the next day.  Christmas Magic!  Have a look at the pictures on the Christie Facebook page

The Juniors Weekend was a big success with a full Club and lots of improvement in the skiing ability by many of our kids.  17 juniors participated in our private ski lessons and fun group skiing with our in-house instructors Matt, Ella, plus Hamish and Rachel.  On Saturday afternoon, the juniors built an igloo and ski jump and Saturday night we did Limbo dancing and played Spoons.  Wonderful friendships and memory making for our Juniors.

Thanks to our club captains, Rachel and Ella for organising, promoting and revitalising these events.

I haven’t heard a lot back from Men’s Few Days this year, I think in keeping with the maxim “What goes on MFD stays on MFD”, but what I have heard indicates another roaring success, with many of life’s enduring questions having been answered.  Sadly no-one there can now remember those answers.  We’ll try again next year …

Ladies’ Few Days was held in perfect weather with a record turnout.  Have a look at the pictures on the Christie Facebook page: “A fabulous group of us enjoyed some amazing skiing and weather and then awesome aprés ski fun back at the club.”  Our condolences to the Auckland set who weren’t able to attend because of lockdown – once again, there’s always next year!

An update to Bruce Rd restrictions mentioned in the last Bunkum.  DoC have decided not to proceed with the 6PM road closure – the barrier arm will now remain open unless bad weather forces a closure.  We’ve also been advised that 4PM is the latest time that carpark bookings will be checked.  This makes things a lot more straightforward for members arriving in the evening.

Covid-19 Protocols – we’re all trying to do our bit to keep COVID at bay. Our committee has decided to implement some specific lodge protocols in response to Alert Level 2.  They are:

  • COVID tracing posters will be visible in the lodge. Members are encouraged to install and use the NZ Covid Tracker app. 
  • If you’re displaying symptoms the day of your visit, please stay home.
  • If you develop symptoms while you’re at the lodge, please report to the Party Leader.  You will be asked to leave the lodge as soon as is practically possible.
  • Refunds – you will be eligible for a refund within the 96 hour period if you cancel your visit due to illness, or develop symptoms at the lodge and are required to leave.  If you arrive at the lodge with symptoms and are asked to leave, you will not be eligible for a refund.
  • Please do not bring casual visitors into the lodge.
  • All shared areas in the lodge need a daily sanitising clean – this includes the lounge, dining room, kitchen, bathrooms, drying room etc. 
  • Sanitising wipes will be available in each bunk room.  Members are to wipe down hard surfaces in their bunkroom as part of their exit clean.
  • Where possible, keep bunkroom occupancy to 2 unless everyone is from the same family or bubble.
  • Social distancing (1m) needs to be observed – this may be difficult when the lodge is at full capacity but please exercise best efforts.
  • We recommend members bring and wear face masks.

Stay home if you’re sick - if you’re crook don’t book!

It looks like there’s snow in the forecast, and spring is nearly here – my favourite time to be at the mountain.  See you there!


CSC Bunkum #8 - Covid updates, Booking guidelines

8 September, 2020

With Auckland now at Covid Alert Level 2 with extra restrictions, and the rest of us at plain old Alert Level 2, I’ve received queries from some Auckland members asking how this might affect their stay at the lodge.  For clarity we have defined a few extra guidelines to deal with this difference in regional alert levels, based on the official messaging for Aucklanders considering travelling outside the region:

  • We welcome bookings from Auckland members who are happy to practice social distancing or wear a mask when they can’t maintain a distance of 1m+
  • We ask that Auckland members who aren’t happy to distance or wear a mask postpone their booking until after the alert level is reduced.
  • Auckland members should share bunk rooms where possible.
  • Auckland members will not be assigned food preparation or serving duties where possible.

Please be aware that these are in addition to the general Alert Level 2 guidelines communicated in Bunkum #7.  We have made one small change to these earlier guidelines – we are not now making sanitising wipes available in each bunkroom. Instead we have supplies of virucide, microfibre cloths, and disposable masks and gloves on hand should we need to clean surfaces if a symptomatic guest has been in the lodge.

These guidelines may change as we move through different alert levels - we’ll communicate any changes as soon as we can.  If you’re in the lodge and have any queries, please consult the Party Leader.

Every year we give a huge shout out to Jenny Muir, our booking officer, who has for many years done a huge amount of work behind the scenes managing and overseeing lodge bookings, liaising with school and other private groups, and dealing with many daily queries.  We can all make Jenny’s life a lot easier by following correct booking guidelines, especially the following:

  • Please ensure that all required information in your bookings is entered correctly – the names of all staying, the ages of juniors etc, and especially your time of arrival.  Incomplete or incorrect information particularly affects the Custodians and Party Leader.  Take a moment to check your info is complete and correct before hitting the Confirm button.
  • If you’re asked to update any booking details, or add any information that has been omitted, it’s important you do so promptly.  Chasing non-responders increases Jenny’s workload significantly.

I’ve said it before – thanks Jenny for all you do for Christiania.

There’s snow in the forecast followed by fine weather for the weekend.  There’s still a handful of bunks for Friday and Saturday, and lots of space in the weeks ahead.  Time to head for the hill!


CSC Bunkum #9 - Season extension, Club races, Covid update, Work Party, AGM

30 September 2020

It’s school holidays, always a busy time at the lodge.  The recent storm has dumped a welcome 50cm of new snow up top and things are looking fantastic for those lucky enough to be in residence over the next couple of days:

Great news - Mt Ruapehu has announced an extension to the Whakapapa season by 3 weeks, until November 15 – have a look at their video update.  There’s also talk of the Far West T opening – fingers crossed for that.  Exactly how the lodge will function during the extension has not been finalised at this stage, a lot will depend on how the snow is holding up – watch this space. 

Club races will be held this coming Saturday, October 3.  If you’re not familiar with our annual club races, it’s a small and less formal event than the interclub races, open to club members only, and with the emphasis on fun and participation.  There are cups to be won!  No registration required, just turn up.  Unfortunately the lodge is currently fully booked for the 2nd and 3rd, with a long waitlist.  If you’re interested in coming up for the weekend I would advise you to approach one of our neighbouring clubs directly: Victoria, Aorangi, Ski Racers or Iwikau

With most of the country now at Covid Alert Level 1 we’re able to relax some of our restrictions.  As always, we’re guided by Ministry of Health guidelines for Level 1:

  • Practice good hygiene
  • If you’re sick – stay home!
  • Keep track of where you’ve been - use the Covid Tracer app

However Auckland is still at Level 2, and Aucklanders travelling are being asked to “… behave as if you’re carrying your Alert Level with you … Be considerate and practise good hygiene. Maintain physical distancing and wear a face covering when you cannot…”   We see no option but to continue with the extra restrictions for Aucklanders defined in Bunkum # 8.  These restrictions will be lifted when Auckland drops to Level 1, hopefully next week.

The End of Season Work Party will be held on Saturday & Sunday, November 21 & 22.  This is where we put the lodge to bed for summer - a big clean up with a few maintenance jobs thrown in.  While there's lots to do for younger members at the pre-season work party, the November work party is better suited to Seniors, or older juniors.  Remember this will credit your 2021 work party levy - $160 per senior member.  Those that haven’t done a work party, please volunteer - the weekend will need at least 8 - 10 people to run.  Please register your interest with me -

The 2020 Christiania AGM and Prizegiving will be held at The McMeekan Centre, Ruakura Research Centre (AgResearch), 10 Bisley Road, Hamilton, on Thursday November 26.  The meeting will begin at 6:00pm, you are welcome to arrive from 5:30.  I’ll send a further email closer to the time containing the meeting Agenda, 2020 Financial Report, President’s Report and other relevant documents.

We welcome your feedback.  The club committee has introduced a standing agenda item to deal with any thoughts, comments or suggestions from club members.  If there’s anything you would like raised in this forum, please email

Q: What’s better than skiing and snowboarding in spring sunshine? 
A: Nothing! 

There’s lots of space in the lodge for the last few weeks of the season.   My advice – go for it!


CSC Bunkum #10 - Covid Level 1 updates

6 October 2020

As of Thursday all of New Zealand will be on Covid Alert Level 1.  I’m happy to say that, from Thursday, we can remove the extra restrictions on our Auckland members.  Guidelines for all members in the lodge will be:

  • Practice good hygiene.
  • If you’re sick – stay home!
  • Keep track of where you’ve been - use the Covid Tracer app.
  • Casual visitors are welcome in the lodge. 

If you have a specific query, please consult the Party Leader.  He/she will be guided by Ministry of Health guidelines for Level 1

While I’m here, a reminder about the End of Season Work Party mentioned in Bunkum #9.  So far I’ve had only one response, and that was from a non-member!  In case you’ve forgotten:

The End of Season Work Party will be held on Saturday & Sunday, November 21 & 22.  This is where we put the lodge to bed for summer - a big clean up with a few maintenance jobs thrown in.  While there's lots to do for younger members at the pre-season work party, the November work party is better suited to Seniors, or older juniors.  Remember this will credit your 2021 work party levy - $160 per senior member.  Those that haven’t done a work party, please volunteer - the weekend will need at least 8 - 10 people to run.  Please register your interest with me -

The weather’s warming up, the forecast for the weekend is great and there’s lots of space at the lodge.  You know what to do!


CSC Bunkum #11 - Season end, Work Party, AGM

21 October 2020

The season is drawing to a close and it’s warming up.  With only the upper mountain open, Mt Ruapehu has reduced its recent season extension by 2 weeks to November 1, but that may change depending on conditions.  The lodge will run as normal until October 27, that’s Pedro’s last day for the season. 

Rachel Ward, our club captain, reports that Christie Club Races, run on October 3, were a great success and lots of fun for all involved. There was a fun prize giving in the lodge that evening with the official prize giving to be held at the AGM, see below.

We have 9 people signed up for the End of Season Work Party to be held on Saturday & Sunday, November 21 & 22.  We could always do with a few more.  Remember, this will credit your 2021 work party levy – currently $160 per senior member.  Please register your interest with me -

The 2020 Christiania AGM and Prizegiving will be held at The McMeekan Centre, Ruakura Research Centre (AgResearch), 10 Bisley Road, Hamilton, on Thursday November 26. The meeting will begin at 6:00pm, you are welcome to arrive from 5:30.  I’ll send a further email closer to the time containing the meeting Agenda, 2020 Financial Report, President’s Report and other relevant documents. 

One item on the agenda will be the election of the Club Committee.  We're always looking for new faces to get involved with the running and organisation of the club.  We have 2 vacancies on the general committee and a vacant Secretary position, see below.  If you would like more information on what's involved, feel free to contact one of the current committee.  And if you’re seeking nomination, please complete the 2020 nomination form and send it to

Kate Yeo has sadly resigned her position as club secretary.  We would like to thank Kate for her hard work and input throughout the last couple of years.

If you’re interested in 2021 On Mountain programmes, it looks like Mt Ruapehu have just updated the relevant information on their website.  Please also have a look at this email that some of our members have received from Mt Ruapehu. Early bird pricing for these programmes is available until the end of October.

I goofed!  In Bunkum #9 I didn’t format the addressing correctly meaning that everyone who received the Bunkum could see everyone else’s email addresses.  Normally they’re hidden.  My sincere apologies for this and for any unsolicited email you may have received as a result of this error.  If you have any concerns about this, please contact me directly or via

Don’t forget, you’re also able to use the lodge through summer – with so much to do in the Ruapehu region it’s a great accommodation option - $25 each per night for a minimum of two people.  Book in the normal way, but ensure you change the Membership Type to “Off Season”:

Covid has made this a strange year but I hope you’ve had a good winter.  Many thanks to Pedro and Dallas for all their hard work looking after us, and to all the Party Leaders who helped everything tick along smoothly.  We have a fantastic facility on the mountain, and a great membership - I hope to see you all back next year.


CSC Bunkum #13 - AGM and Prizegiving, Work Party, Merry Christmas!

December 10, 2020

A final bunkum for 2020.  The 66th Christiania AGM and Prizegiving was held on November 26.  The season was discussed, dissected, reviewed, audited and analysed.  We welcome two new committee members, Mariska van Heerden and Mark Young.  The committee will begin planning the 2021 season in February next year.  Please note that an increase to 2021 subscriptions was agreed.

Immediately following the AGM was the annual Club Prizegiving.  The following prizes were awarded – congratulations to all recipients:

Fastest Male Snowboarder (Muir Trophy): Bram Stevens
Fastest Female Snowboarder: Keara Mocke
Most Improved Female: Isabel Oomans
Most Improved Male: Thomas Oomans
Fastest female under 8: Flora Stevens
Fastest male under 8: Lachlan Jones
Fastest male under 16 (Meltzer Cup): Kea Meylan
Fastest Junior under 14 (Sue Jarvis Trophy): Zoe Jones
Fastest Masters Male (AH Carter Trophy): Kerry Jones
Fasters Masters Female (Taylor Trophy): Vivian Oskam
Fastest Open Male:  Hamish Paris
Fastest Open Female:  Ella Buckley
Senior Lodgemanship:  Jenny Muir
Special Award for Services to Christiania:  Kate Yeo
Sportsmanship:  Ella Buckley & Hamish Paris
Club Races overall:

  1. Ella Buckley
  2. Hamish Paris
  3. Zoe Jones

Mark Farrell led a successful and productive End of Season work party over the weekend of November 21 & 22.  A long list of small and not so small maintenance tasks were completed and a number of future tasks identified.  Mark tells me: “A very successful work party with roofing fixed and some electrics and plumbing checked and fixed. Julie and Kerri-Ann took care of the stomachs while Jenny Farrell and Kerri-Ann worked tirelessly cleaning the kitchen. All hands on deck cleaning, fixing and ensuring the place is sparkling for next year.”  A huge thanks to Mark,  Jenny Farrell, Julie & Ken McKenzie, Dale Filer, Kerri-Anne McKenna Morris & Bruce Morris and Simon Leadley for getting stuck in – consider your 2021 work party levies waived!

The following items came out of the lost property basket:
Reversible Adidas Mens Jacket - large
Foursquare Womens Ski pants - large
H&H Brown Boots Mens - Size 9

Are they yours?  If so, please let me know and we’ll find a way to get them back to you.

That’s 2020 folks, an interesting year to say the least!  Thanks to all who were part of Christie life this year, we hope you enjoyed your time there and look forward to seeing you next year.  Have a great Christmas and New Year, enjoy your summer, see you in winter!