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June Newsletter

 Pink Ribbon Walk & Coffee Morning 
Date: Friday 27th May 2022
Time:  The walk starts from 9:30 am followed by coffee at Sabio Coffee on Lower Dent Street.
           (Meet outside Clapham Clock Museum for a 9:30 am start)
Address: Sabio Coffee,148 Lower Dent St, Whangarei 0110

Koha encouraged.  All the koha received will go to Breast Cancer foundation
All women are welcome

Wear anything Pink.

Pink Ribbon Breakfast is Breast Cancer Foundation NZ's annual campaign to raise vital funds for Breast Cancer research, patient support, education and awareness.
WINGS is joining a national effort to support thousands of Breast Cancer patients. Do please join us for a walk around the loop followed by a breakfast at Sabio Coffee. Your support will make a real difference
Count me in!
 Lunch at Marsden Estate KeriKeri 
(Please note this venue is a replacement for Omata Winery)
Date: Saturday 28th May 2022
Time:  12:30 pm
Address: 56 Wiroa Rd, KeriKeri 0293

Bring your Friends and 

Please note we have had to cancel the lunch at Omata winery, Instead we have booked in this amazing restaurant in KeriKeri. 
Count me in!
WINGS Monthly Meeting
Date: Wednesday, 1st June 2022
Venue: Whangarei Women's Club, Corner of Rust Ave and Alexander St.
Time: 6:30pm

Opa! Not a travel log or a history lesson. Our member Jennifer Starr will be sharing her experience and thoughts after having lived in Greece. 
and to complete off the whole Greek mood, Avi and Eva will bring in their Greek dancing moves.

Bring along your favourite Greek-inspired food and share a small slice of Mediterranean life. 

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


Mums and bubs walk
Date: Thursday 9th June 2022
Time: 9:30 am
Meeting Point: Meet outside Clapham Clock Muesum
RSVP by: 6th June

Calling all the mums and bubs. Let's walk the Hatea loop, a good opportunity to meet other mamas and their babies. Free parking available behind 130 Dent Street lower Dent Street. 
Please contact Zainab at or ring on 027 564 6011 
Visit to the Planetarium
Date: Saturday, 25th June 2022
Time: Meet at 5:45 pm
Fees: $15 (Tickets must be booked in advance)
Address: 500 State Highway 14, Maunu
Max number: 24

Priorities given to members.
Car Pool encouraged.
Partners welcome.

Enjoy a trip to the Planetarium. Night shows come with the opportunity to look through the telescope at the stars after the show has finished with the possibility of looking at the Stars through the Telescope.

This is a family friendly event, so bring your friends and family with you. The little ones would enjoy it too.
Count me in!
Due to the low number of interest, we have decided to postpone it to a later date in the year.
Please email us for your refund at

Date: 2022 Later in the Year (Saturday)
Venue: St' Johns Golden Church
Address: 149 Kamo Road.

Calling all stallholders and Beauty therapists to book in your space before they go.
Email us your interests at


Date:  Monday, 20th June 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) 24th May, 14th June & 21st June 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

Coffee group for people who like a quieter setting. The quiet 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: 7th June 2022
Time: 10:00 am
Venue: Café Botannix inside Palmers Garden Centre
Address: Cnr Water St &, Central Avenue, Avenues, Whangarei


Wednesday Monthly Meeting - May 2022

Our Annual General Meeting proved to be a fun-filled occasion attended by WINGS members and non members.
Superbly organised, all the important and legal requirements were covered
followed by thanks to the many members of last year’s committee without whom WINGS
could not function.
The hugely important contribution of our sponsors was gratefully acknowledged.
Jenny De Vetter & Mary Hobson were elected to the new committee.
Our long time committee member Paula Smith and Grant writer, Jackie Leech,  stood down after several years but they would continue to be part of WINGS. 
Our Asst Grant writer Jennifer Starr, who has been working together with Jackie Leech and helped us with our funding for several years also steep down from her role to take on a new role as a committee member.
Our Chair person Mina Crisp returned to England leaving WINGS in the capable hands of Dawn Spence.  
Gwen Ras, Jennifer Starr and Julia Nuechter were awarded ‘Volunteers of the Year’ in recognition of their
outstanding contribution to the life of WINGS over the past years
The evening concluded with spot prizes, gifts, presentations and a delicious shared supper.
More photos of our evening here >>
Indonesian Cooking
Ready, Steady, Cook - Indonesian style. 
On a beautiful sunny Autumnal day, 9 ladies + a curious infant from WINGS were treated to a demonstration of Indonesian cooking by Avi, Eva and Tina. We learned from Avi how to make Cassava cake, Choco Soup by Tina and Chicken Nasi Goreng by Eva. She also made the famous Kerupuk which can be used to scoop up the rice, deep-fried noodles and 'birds nest' baskets. Tina whipped up Dabudabu, a delicious tangy onion, tomato and chilli accompaniment.
We were introduced to many new flavours, sauces, spices ...
See some more photos here >>
WINGS visit to Jam Tse Dhargyey Ling, Tibetan Buddhist Centre
We have just returned home from a visit to Whangarei's hidden gem - The Jam Tse Dhargyey Ling Tibetan Buddhist Centre and what a wonderful experience it was.
We were met in the car park by Paul, the Co-Director of the Centre, who very kindly gave us a tour of the Centre and was very informative and welcoming.

Our first stop was at the painting studio where Nyima, a Tibetan monk who specialises in the Thangka (pronounced Tanka) painting and is also a teacher gave us a very warm welcome. He explained how he prepared the cotton canvas to it, treats it with chalk to make it as smooth as possible and then commences to paint the most intricate paintings. He makes his own paint from soil and stone and the colours are so vibrant. Nyima told us this type of painting can only be done in fine weather as moisture makes it very difficult to use but years later the paintings are still as colourful as when they were first painted. These paintings can take years to complete.

We then went into the Centre, where we met ...

Read and see more photos here >>
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.
It is always a delight to meet our WINGS members who have moved away from Whangarei. A lot of you might know Rosalind, who was with WINGS as a committee member, as a treasurer and as a very active volunteer at WINGS. She moved down to Taupo with her husband a few years ago. She is also the face behind starting our WINGS Taupo branch coffee morning every Friday. 
She still comes to visit us up in Whangarei frequently

Our lovely Avi and Eva were in the Taupo area at the end of March so they took this opportunity to pay her a visit, a surprise visit. They spent some good quality time there, catching up and exploring the Taupo Botanical Garden.

So if you are in Taupo, do give her a call.
Play Table Tennis for Fitness and fun 

At the WINGS meeting on the 6th of April Naina Suri, Northland table tennis coach invited us to take part in a new session of table tennis she is starting for women. It takes place from 9 am - 11 am on Tuesday morning.

Jean Tier our WINGS Member went 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.
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You can join our Facebook groups - Mothers, Crafts, Dining Out, Family Events and Theme Night


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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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