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August Newsletter

     Glow worms
Date: Friday 29th July 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 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 a 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.
Walk is weather dependent

Members are given priority. 
Count me in!
   WINGS Monthly Meeting
Date: Wednesday, 3rd August 2022
Venue: Whangarei Women's Club, Corner of Rust Ave and Alexander St.
Time: 6:30pm

Some countries around the world celebrate their Independence day in the month of August. Come and hear how they celebrate this day.

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


Mums and bubs walk
Date: Thursday 4th August 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 
   QUIZ Night 
We are back with our QUIZ fundraiser.
A new Theme:
" What were you wearing when the ship went down?"
A new date:
Saturday 13th of August.
Venue: Onerahi Community Hall
Ticket: $15, Food (Optional) $10 No Bar/ BYO

Please register your team soon.
No Team no worries. We will find you a team
Count me in!
  Board Games - 
Date: Wednesday 17th August 2022
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Venue: Community Hub, Civic Arcade, Level 1. 37 Bank Street, Whangarei

WINGS with Multicultural Whangarei bring you the game of scrabble. 

Do you like playing board games? Come join us with a game of scrabble. Let's connect, strategize and have fun. Bring your friends too. 
Count me in!
  Bay Of Island Vintage Train Ride - Kawakawa to Taumarere
Date: Saturday 27th August 2022
Time: 10:45 am

Return train fares are: $20 adult, $18 Gold card holders, $5 child of school age, free under school age, and $45 family (defined as 2 adults & up to 3 children)

Car share encouraged. 
Priorities are given to members

Fancy a train ride which takes you across Kawakawa to Taumerere? 

50 mins return train ride from Kawakawa railway station.

Followed by Lunch at the railway Station Café.

Bring your family along.

Count me in!
   Daffodil Day 2022 Street Appeal
Date: Friday 26th & Saturday 27th August 2022
Time: 10:45 am

If you are available on the Friday 26th or Saturday the 27th of August and can spare 2-3 volunteering hours, to collect donations in Whangarei, you will make the world of difference to those going through cancer right now.

Please contact Cheyenne Akehurst or Roanna Pine on 09 437 5593
  WINGS Calendar (A fundraiser )
We are designing a WINGS Calendar for the year 2023. It is a part of a fundraiser. The calendar will feature10 pictures taken by our WINGS members. The images will be of the Whangarei landscape, which gives you a sense of belonging here something that you see and say "Whangarei love it here", 
Example: Abbey Caves, Whangarei Falls, Bream Head, Mount Manaia, Parahaki, Hundertwasser, sandy bay, Langs beach, etc.
(*We need high-resolution pictures*)

The deadline is the 31st of August 2022
All the pictures will be credited.
Please email your pictures to
   A date for your diary (SEPTEMBER)
Wharepuke Subtropical Garden - Kerikeri

Date:  Saturday, 17th September 2022
Time: 9:30 am depart Whangarei. 
Garden Tour: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch: 12 noon

Address: Whangarei Whare-puke subtropical Garden, 190 Kerikeri Rd. 0230
$10 for adults, $5 for children, $9 concession

Wharepuke, 'House on the Hill' is set in 2 hectares of 'lunch' plants and trees.
Sculpture Trail, Art Gallery and print-making studio on site. Our tour will end with lunch at the award-winning Garden Restaurant.

Bring your friends, children, and family. Dogs on a lead are also welcomed.

Priorities are given to current paid members

Car Share encouraged.


Count me in!

Date:  Monday, 15th August 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
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday
Date: (upcoming dates) 26th July, 9th August, 23rd August 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

Every Thursday
Time: 10:30 am (all Thursdays except the last) / 11:30 am (last Thursday)
Venue: Café Botannix at Palmers 
Address: Cnr Water St & Central Avenue, Avenues, Whangarei
Organiser: Lindsey Shaw (Ph: 0211367866)
All women are welcome

This coffee group meets at Café Botannix at Palmer’s in the plant centre at the corner of Central Avenue and Water Street, at 10.30 am, EXCEPT for the last Thursday of the month, when they gather at 11.30 am and have lunch together. Palmers has a convenient place for free parking.


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: 2nd August 2022
Time: 10:00 am
Venue: Café Botannix inside Palmers Garden Centre
Address: Cnr Water St &, Central Avenue, Avenues, Whangarei


Planetarium Visit 
Manawatia a Matariki
"Happy New Year. It is Maori New Year, a time to remember the past, celebrate the present and plan the future.
We were fortunate to have experienced and seen the Matariki cluster stars reappearing in our sky in the Stardom's immersive 360-degree indoor dome" -- Rachel Chrisentina

Saturday the 25th of June at 6 pm, a group of WINGS members and family associates attended a presentation at Whangarei Planetarium organised by Eva and Zainab.

Inside the planetarium, we were addressed by Peter Felhofer and shown how the stars of the night sky rise in the east and rotate about a fixed point and then set in the west through the course of the night. This motion is caused by the Earth's rotation. The planets of our solar system rotate about our sun. 

Because, of the difference in the speed between the sun and background stars, the sun sits in front of a different set of stars each month, relative to the Earth.

Groups of stars make up images in the sky like the scorpion. These groupings are called constellations.

We were also shown how the stars of the Matariki grouping were already visible on the South Island. It would be visible in our Northland sky in a month's time.

After spending time inside the planetarium, we moved outside to view the moon and stars through a telescope. Cloud cover hampered the viewing somewhat. However, we all enjoyed what we were able to see.

Thank you Whangarei Asrto Society for an information evening enjoyed by us all.

Wednesday Monthly Meeting - July 2022
Wednesday's monthly meeting was an intimate and convivial, "get-to-know-your-committee" meeting. We all sat in a circle with the committee on one side. Dawn, the chairman, asked a question of each member, things like "What's your favourite plant/flower" " What's special about your name/nickname" "What game do you like to play" and "What was the first live concert you went to" "Most influential book" etc.
Gladiolus, Rose, Scrabble, Monopoly, Rummikub, Bob Dylan, Tina Turner, Pet Shop Boys, The Bible, Lion Witch and Wardrobe, 

It was a nice way of hearing from everyone, and I am sure we were all answering the questions for ourselves in our heads at the same time. Once we heard from the committee, each of us was asked to answer any one of the questions ourselves.
 A shared meal followed the relaxed and humorous get-together.
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 needs 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
Sofa Bed - Looking for a buyer

Looking to sell this Sofa bed. 
Bought this sofa bed 3 years ago from URBAN SALES. A very nice and comfortable sofa and bed.
Price: $250
Cushions are not included. 
Please contact Shamim on 021 0248 6340
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
Just Beginners Level -  6:45 pm to 7:30 pm

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

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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


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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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