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!

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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.

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