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October Newsletter

Upcoming Fundraiser 

WINGS Fundraiser event - WINGS International XMAS Market & Fest. 
This December, WINGS brings you an exciting and fun-filled evening. The International XMAS Market & Festival will be on Thursday 8th of Dec 2022. from 4 pm - 8 pm. Detail coming Soon.  
Calling stall holders to this event. Please contact the WINGS office at
Text/call on 021 0829 0683

Lots of cool things to buy for Xmas presents, face painting, storytelling corner for the kids. delicious food, raffles, Santa, a Display of International XMAS traditions and much more. 

More details to follow soon. 
 Clean Up Week - Keep Whangarei Beautiful 
Date:  Friday, 23rd September 2022
Time: 9:30am - 10:30am. 

Address: Walk starts from the Canopy Bridge in Town Basin. End at Sabio Cafe on 147 Lower Dent Street.

WINGS has been a part of this annual Clean Up week for several years. We join the force and get into our local community to pick up litter. An initiative to keep Whangarei Clean and beautiful. Please join us in this effort to make a difference.
We will end our loop clean-up walk at the Sabio Coffee for a nice hot cuppa /Breakfast.
Count me in!
   WINGS Monthly Meeting
Date: Wednesday, 5th October 2022
Venue: Whangarei Women's Club, Corner of Rust Ave and Alexander St.
Time: 6:30pm

A day in the life of a Dairy Farmer. One of our Executive committee members, Robyn Wildeman is a Dairy Farmer based in Maungakaramea.  Join us to find out more about her life as a dairy farmer.  

*Free to all paid members. Entrance fee of $5 for non-members.

Mums and bubs walk
Date: Thursday 6th October 2022
Time: 9:30 am
Meeting Point: Meet outside Clapham Clock Museum, Town Basin.

The last walking with the mums and their bubs was popular, so here we are making it a regular event. Calling all the mums and bubs. Let's walk the Hatea loop, a good opportunity to meet other mamas and their babies. Free parking is available behind 130 Dent Street lower Dent Street. 
Please contact Zainab at or ring on 027 564 6011 
  Glow Worms
Date: Friday 28th October 2022
Time:  6:00 pm dinner at Stumpys Fish & Chips.
             Followed by the walk to see the Glow Worms.
For people who don't want to have dinner please join us after
Meeting point: Outside Stumpy's Fish & Chips
Address: Stumpy's Fish & Chips, 121 Riverside Drive, Parahaki, Whangarei 0112

Do you fancy a starry starry night, even when it is cloudy? Well, let us go hunt for some glowworms. Just a little walk up Dundas Road and there it is. Beautiful glowing creatures. 
Bring your partner, friends & family along. 
We will car share due to limited parking up the hill.

Please bring a torch/head torch.
Wear sturdy footwear.
The walk is weather dependent

Members are given priority
Count me in!
  WINGS Calendar (A fundraiser )
We have received some amazing pictures from our members. Thank you for sending in your beautiful images. The calendar is in the process of being printed. Keep an eye on the emails/ FB posts. 
COMING SOON - Mark your Calendars

Whangarei Libraries Big Day in 2022 

Date:  Saturday 5th November 2022
Time: TBC

Address: Whangarei Central Library

Every year WINGS has been a part of Whangarei Libraries Big Day In. It's a family event which showcases the community engagements of organisations/groups/individuals in Whangarei. 
Watch out for more information. Coming soon. 

Bring your Friends and Family

Silver festival.
Celebrate Age, lets Engage

Date:  Friday 11th November 2022
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am walk the loop (Town Basin) followed by Coffee at Sabio Coffee from 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Address: Sabio Coffee, 148 Lower Dent St. Whangarei 

The Silver Festival is an event to celebrate our older adults and acknowledge their important role & contribution to Whangarei. On this occasion, WINGS has organised a walk around the loop followed by coffee at Sabio Coffee. 

Bring your Friends and Family

Tutukaka Twilight Market 

Date:  Saturday 19th November 2022
Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Address: Tutukaka Marina, Marina Rd. Tutukaka.

We need volunteers to be at the stalls.
Dates: Saturday 19th November
Times: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Please contact us for more information at or ring/text us on 021 0829 0683
A couple of hours of your time is all we need. 

WINGS will have a stall at the Tutukaka Twilight Market. Come and see us there. A great opportunity to get your Christmas gifts sorted.

Bring your Friends and Family


Date:  Monday, 17th October 2022
Time: 10:00 - 12:00 pm

Venue: WINGS Office, 
Address: Whangarei Civic Arcade (upstairs), 37 Bank Street, Whangarei 0110

All women are welcome

Join us for a game of strategy and wit, and experience this old traditional game of Mahjong.

Count me in!
Art and Craft

It's almost Christmas time, let's get working on our XMAS pressies.
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday
Date: (upcoming dates) 27th September, 11th Oct, 25th Oct,8th Nov, 22nd Nov 2022
Time: 12:30pm 
Venue: WINGS Office, 
Address: Whangarei Civic Arcade (upstairs), 37 Bank Street, Whangarei 0110
Organiser: Lindsey Shaw (Ph: 0211367866)
All women are welcome


New Venue - Cafe Narnia
Every Thursday (Please note we now meet at Cafe Narnia )
Time: 10:30 am (all Thursdays except the last) / 11:30 am (last Thursday)
Venue: Café Narnia, 74 Kamo Road.
Address: 74 Kamo Road, Whangarei. 
Organiser: Lindsey Shaw (Ph: 0211367866)
All women are welcome

This coffee group will meet at Café Narnia from September onwards, same time, at 10.30 am,
On the last Thursday of the month, when they gather at 11.30 am and have lunch together. will also be at Cafe Narina. 


Every Friday
Time: 10:30 - 11:30 am
Venue: Sabio Coffee
Address: 148 Lower Dent Str.
Queries: Contact the office on 09 430 3221 or
All women are welcome

Let's have a chat over coffee and have an amazing start to the weekend! 

​Look for the WINGS sign on the table.

​If you choose to stay after 11:30 am, please transfer to an individual table.


Back to Café Botannix

1st Tuesday of every month

All women are welcome

We discuss books we have read. For further information, contact Kristin Kelly at and Lindsey Shaw at

Date: 4th October 2022
Time: 10:00 am
Venue: Café Botannix inside Palmers Garden Centre
Address: Cnr Water St &, Central Avenue, Avenues, Whangarei


  Bay Of Island Vintage Train Ride - Kawakawa to Taumarere
What an interesting and enjoyable trip to the historic town of Kawawa town our WINGS trip turned out to be. We had fabulous weather so were able to walk down Gillies Street, check out the new library and savour lunch at the station café.  Great food, generous portions and reasonable prices.
Thanks to, Anne,  one of the dedicated Heritage Railway volunteers, we learned that this was home to the first Steam locomotive in North island which used to carry high quality coal, anthracite, down the line for export to America. Sadly the town declined when the mine closed and Whangarei took over the port business.
A $5 million government grant enabled the upgrading of the Taumarere bridge so the line will soon go further and be part of the expanding local tourist industry alongside the very popular dedicated cycle track.
If you haven't been on the train yet - do take a ride - every passenger helps to keep it on the tracks!

Click here for more pictures >>
   Mushrooms and Avos

Coming soon on the country calendar - 6th of November 2022

(featuring some of our WINGS ladies)
"It was interesting to see this beautiful place. I thought the mushrooms were amazing and I was interested in learning that mushrooms should be eaten cooked more than raw to get all the nutrients. 
It was fascinating to learn that they are closer to animals than veggies! 
What a very complicated business it is! I think I am going to be a regular at Whangarei’s market on Saturday mornings to buy her beautiful mushrooms. 
I love the idea of visiting local places like this and look forward to seeing the Country Calendar on the 6th of November!"

"Thanks for having organised this!"

"I had such a great time at the event. I loved learning more about mushrooms and avocados and would be interested in attending a workshop. Tan was knowledgeable and took her time to explain the growing process. Despite the rain, it was an enjoyable event and lovely chance to meet more WINGS ladies."
Wednesday Monthly Meeting - August 2022
The Wednesday meeting was an evening filled with lots of laughter and happy tears. 
Avi & Eva organised a few games to get everyone playing. 
Guess who am I ? was the first game. Our volunteers were given a mask each and the audience would give them clues to identify themself. 
The questions asked by our volunteers were:
Am I a professional? Am I a  human? Am I an entertainer? Am I edible, Do I have to study for it? and many more questions. Surprisingly no one was able to guess until the audience gave an obvious clue. 

We moved on to guess the word by drawing/writing it. Funny how the word SING turns into a KID WITH A FUNNY HAT. A pedestal fan turns into a mushroom. The cat in the hat turns out to be a Groom. 

The funniest one was our Chinese Whispers the coconut wireless way. Instead of sentences, we had to replicate a few dance moves. Eva started off with the steps and it ended up with moves + words. 

We winded up our evening with some delicious food. 
Wharepuke Subtropical Garden - Kerikeri
We enjoyed beautiful weather on our WINGS visit to the extensive subtropical Wharepuke Gardens in Kerikeri. The winding trail leads past a large variety of palms, fruit trees, bushes, ferns and bromeliads each labelled and interspersed with eclectic sculptures.

Some of us enjoyed Morning Tea at the Rusty Tractor then later lunch at the newly renovated Plough and Feather behind the Stone House and Kemp Store. Tasty fresh pizza, home-made panacota, live music and stunning views over the Kerikeri Inlet.

The Plough and Feather name celebrates the first use of a mechanical plough here whilst honouring the rich,  local Maori culture.  The tail feathers of the Huia bird were worn by both men and women symbolising leadership and Mana.
Need to buy /sell a specific something, or swap an item. How about a lift to Auckland, find a good hairdresser, a decent restaurant for that special occasion!!  Want a good plumber, or just to make a general enquiry.
Why not try WINGS Bushwire? 
Just email your details/description to us on and it will be emailed out with the monthly newsletter.
WINGS is looking for a couple of event planners (Volunteer)

Our Lovely Deirdre has been working with the coordinators of WINGS closely organising these wonderful events. We would however appreciate the help of a couple of ladies who like organising social events. 
Please contact us at
or ring us on 021 0829 0683
The last time Avi and Eva from WINGS went down to Taupo they caught up with Rosalind. Our lovely and honorary WINGS member. Who relocated to Taupo. 
Rosalind does visit us a few times a year. She comes up to Whangarei and makes sure we have our calendar free. 

We love seeing our WINGS members, a lot of you have moved away to a different place or maybe just got too busy. We are always here for a cuppa. So pop by and as hello to us.  
Play Table Tennis for Fitness and fun 

Our WINGS Member went to play Table Tennis and very much enjoyed playing learning from others and particularly Naina. The sessions are for everyone, whether you have played before or not. Wear sports shoes and bring a drink - all equipment is provided.
COST: The first session is Free. Then it costs $5 per session.
Sessions Days: Mon-Friday 11:30 am to 3:00 pm
Wednesday 6:45 pm - 9:00pm
Fridays 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (For Veterans)
Venue: Northland Table Tennis Centre, Mackay Stadium, Kensington.
If you want a lift or have any questions please contact Naina or Jean Tier
Naina Suri -- Ph no. 022 538 2035
Jean Tier -- Pn no. 027 352 0083
MESSAGE FROM Gwendolyn at Friendship Force

Are you interested in a more peaceful world? Curious about other people's ways of life, and cultures? Keen to mix socially? Maybe group travel, in NZ & beyond? And especially for long-term friendship? Community belonging? 
Then FRIENDSHIP FORCE OF NORTHLAND invites you to be a guest at their lively club.
Varied Monthly events, 3rd Sundays, 2 pm at the Golden Church Lounge, 149 Kamo Road -- meet & greet, food speakers, cultural songs, potluck meals, hospitality, friendships.

 "A word of friends is a world of peace." Non- Sectarian, non-religious, universal philosophy of welcome and peace to all.
Northland contact: Gwendolyn Needham
09 437 7183
Email --
Club Patron  - Mayor Sheryl Mai
Breast Cancer Support Northland Trust

As a charity, we don't know when someone is diagnosed with Breast Cancer. But we want to support the nearly 200 women who receive this news annually in our region. If you know someone who has been diagnosed, see what practical and emotional care we provide. Learn more at
NUR Belly Dance - with the talented Eva Corne

Join Eva to learn Belly Dance.
A gentle & fun exercise.
Every Tuesday, for
All levels 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Venue:  Badminton Hall (upstairs).
Fee: $10 per session
Phone: 021-2964840

Dalan d' Olive
Looking for a new skin care & haircare range? Dalan d' Olive's personal care range dermatologically tested, suitable for the whole family (including those with sensitive or problematic skin), formulated with Agean Olive Oil extract but NO nasties.. (NO paragons, PEG, silicon, SLES or SLS).
Get in touch with Aviva on or ring her on 021 862 638 for more info.
Like our Facebook page to be updated with lots of events, networking, photos, and messages -
You can join our Facebook groups - Mothers, Crafts, Dining Out, Family Events and Theme Night


Phone: 09 438 8046

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Address: 10 Rathbone Street (above Gifts on Rathbone) 
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Monday 10:00am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday and Wednesday  9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
Friday - CLOSED

Office Address: Civic Arcade (Upstairs), 37 Bank Street, Whangarei 0110

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