Newsletter, September 2017


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MEMBER PROFILE | Liz Henderson

Place of birth: London, UK

Occupation: Currently an office gopher. I studied Sport and Coaching Management at university specialising in Outdoor Leadership.  I am also a qualified fitness coach, and have worked in multi-activity outdoor instruction and training work overseas, introducing beginners and intermediates to the outdoor environment.

Member for: One year. Snow skills 2016 was my first NTC trip. This is my one year ‘snowversary.’

How I have benefited as a member: Access to the outdoors has been a biggy for me, as I don’t have my own vehicle. Meeting like-minded people with a range of tramping experiences, creating new memories and friendships, having numerous laughs. I have learnt some awesome things from longer-serving members about local history, flora and fauna in the area.

Best trip: Every outdoor day is a good day. My favourite trips, however, have to be in snow. I love the winter, it makes me act like a kid and makes everything sparkly and magical.  I also really enjoyed the Old Ghost Road which I did just after it opened.

Worst trip: Ones with negative nanas.

Funniest moments: I’m more likely to be giving others something to laugh at. There is another club member who’s a quality photo bomber which gives me a laugh when I go home and edit my photos. Plus photos of my bad-tramping-hair-days.

Scariest moments: There’s been a few. A path collapsing underneath me when soloing the Baton River track. Screaming wild pigs fighting outside my tent in the dark when alone on the Heaphy.

Favourite hut: Having done so much camping, I find all huts a warm luxury!  Busy as it gets, I do like Salisbury Lodge (I love the Tableland, accessibility, views of Gordons Pyramid, and the back of Mt Arthur). I love staying next to the lake at Coldwater.  However, I enjoyed the huts on the Old Ghost Road the best. I certainly have the fondest memories from staying in those huts.

Bucket list tramp: At the moment: anything in the snow. I really want to do a long, multi-day snow trip.

OBITUARIES | supplied by Patron Robyn Walsh

EDWIN 'TED' BROOKS | 1930-2016

One of our senior members died in hospital on 5 July 2016 after 2 major strokes, aged 86.

Ted worked in the Buxtons hardware store (where Farmers is) and John Burns (now Placemakers). He and wife Joyce owned a fish & chip shop on Tipahi Street.

Ted joined NTC in his mid-50s, doing mostly easy and moderate trips. Ted served on the Committee from 1992 to 1998. He participated in a cycle trip from Rainbow to Hanmer Springs in  January 1996. He also summited Mount Egmont on a private climb, which he was very proud of.

Later, Ted began mid-week walks with the 60s-plus group.  For ten years, Ted joined the ‘ratting’ group at Nelson Lakes, which checked and reset traps in the Nature Recovery Area.

A couple of years ago Ted Brooks made the effort to attend the club’s 80th anniversary at St Arnaud, cutting our celebratory cake.

GARY DAVIES | 1948-2017

Long-time club members will remember Gary and his wife Sue. When Gary joined NTC in 1964, aged only 16, he found his calling in life. He also began working as a fitter-and-turner for M.O.W. in Nelson’s Rutherford Street (now the YHA youth hostel).

Around 1970, a pretty young 18-year-old girl joined our club, and yet another club romance blossumed. He married Sue in 1974 and moved to 79 Brook Street, having two children. By the early 2000’s they had moved out to Tapawera.

The first tramp Gary led was up Mt Malita in 1970, and a week later into the Canaan Downs. He led many work parties to clear tracks. Gary also became the relief caretaker at Maitai Dam and Roding River.

Gary often lit a fire to boil the billy. At Dew Lakes he had stashed away a tin can for this purpose.

With his 8mm movie camera, Gary recorded his ascent of Mt Cook, and at the club’s 50th anniversary, entertained us with his tramping movies.

Rest in peace, Gary.

CLUB EVENTS: add to your calendar

PUB NIGHT @ Eddyline Brewery & Pizzeria

Monday 4 September. Place: Nelson Intermediate School staffroom, Titipahi Street, Nelson. Time: 7.00pm.

Eddyline Brewery & Pizzeria (8 Champion Rd, Richmond)

This is an informal get-together around the table and a beer. A great way to meet the keen beens and organise more trips.


Saturday 30 September.

Organiser: Leah Parker | More info: (03) 547 5683

Registration at 8:45am.
Meet at: Easby Park, Marlborough Crescent, Richmond.

Bring: Suitable walking clothes, heavy shoes or boots, packed lunch & snacks, drink, rain coat, in a day pack.
Duration: Allow 5–6 hours.

Note: Youth under 16 must be accompanied by a guardian.

CLUB NIGHT @ Nelson Intermediate School

Monday 2 October. Place: Nelson Intermediate School staffroom, Titipahi Street, Nelson. Time: 7.30pm. Speaker: Mike Glover

Mike will be enthralling us with photos from a recent trip to  the spectacular and remote Ivory Lake on the West Coast.


17–19 November 2017

We are hosting a Leadership Weekend at Paretai Lodge for existing trip leaders and anyone who is keen to know how to deal with tricky situations in the outdoors (and potentially lead trips)

Topics will include:

  • Leadership
  • Group & Incident Management
  • Risk Management
  • Communication
  • Trip Planning much more

There will be a great mix of expert speakers, group discussions and practical exercises. We will learn by sharing experiences and outcomes.

Venue: Paretai Lodge | Lees Valley

Cost:    $66 NTC Members
            $92 Non-Members

Payment can be made online to our club bank account prior.


  • 2 Nights’ comfy accommodation
  • All meals 

Register with Kate Krawczyk now:


This weekend is the initiative of Liz Henderson in her new Training & Safety Coordinator role. Contact Liz with your ideas. (e.g. navigation, bushcraft and river crossing.) Email:

CLUB NIGHT @ Nelson Intermediate School

Monday 4 December. Place: Nelson Intermediate School staffroom, Titipahi Street, Nelson. Time: 7.30pm. Judge: TBA


Our club’s annual Christmas get-together, and a chance to show off your skills with a camera. And win some tramping shop vouchers!

NOTE!  Revised Categories:

1. Above Bushline with NO human element

2. Above Bushline WITH human element

3. Below Bushline with NO human element

4. Below Bushline WITH human element

5. Native Flora & Fauna - NO human element

6. Historic – Pre 1980. 

7. Open – Anything goes (panoramic stitches, cloning, exposure blends, cloning, oversize etc.)

8. People's Choice – Judge has no say!

Club Rules: You must have shot the photograph yourself, within

New Zealand, during the past 12 months since the last competition.

Note: These changes are to align with FMC’s national photography

competition. In the past, 4–5 club members have won really good prizes, inc. $80 coffee table books.

Full details of FMC competition rules.

PRESIDENT's REPORT | Pat hands over the reigns

Firstly, I wish to thank our Committee, particularly Kate Krawczyk, our Secretary and President to be, and Ian Morris, our Treasurer. Their commitment and dedication are the rocks on which this club functions. Ian’s steely gaze on our finances and membership has ensured we remain on a sound footing. Andrea Cockerton and Lawrie Halkett are standing down from the Committee. Lawrie has given many years of outstanding service to the club as President. Andrea has graciously agreed to make room for some new blood. But the club will continue to rely on their exceptional enthusiasm and commitment.

The club has had a very good year with many trips accomplished and generally satisfactory attendances. Size is not everything and I think we have all enjoyed some quality times in the hills together with our not-so-large groups. My sincere thanks to all the trip leaders and Chris Louth, our Programme Coordinator. Mike Drake has continued to maintain the excellent NTC website which is such an essential tool for the club.

Members have responded well to the importunities from Leah Parker and others to lead trips.Club newsletters are now posted quarterly and Ray Salisbury continues his high production values for this key documentation of club activities.

Our major community contribution for the past year was the relocation and refurbishment of Mount Fell Hut in Richmond Forest Park. With funding assistanc  from Outdoor Recreation Consortium and support from DOC’s Renwick office, we’ve done a fantastic job. This hut now is at a better location, with new foundations, new stove, new benches and fresh paint job. Silvano Lorandi was the lead builder and a huge inspiration with his enthusiasm and commitment to a quality job.

I am on the Executive of FMC which has been a sobering experience. $15:00 of your NTC subs goes to FMC as our national body. There are so many issues nationwide threatening the status of our front- and back-country: reclassifying conservation land for dams, mining or roads; tenure review; DOC forced into being a Ministry of Tourism; DOC’s meagre budget for recreation. FMC has some impressive people but it is a challenge for them to keep up with all the advocacy work on behalf of the outdoors community. [ Read FMC website ]

One of the satisfying aspects of this year has been attracting a cohort of younger members to the club. This is essential for the club’s future but also brings in fresh perspectives to liven up our activities.

For example, Leah Parker joined the Committee and has already made an impact, not only for the higher standard of meals. (see above).

I foresee that the new Committee will be planning more social events. So watch this space!

Perhaps more importantly, we are looking closely at opportunities for training in outdoors skills for our members. Liz Henderson is leading the charge to plan an in-depth training exercise for trip leaders scheduled for November.

So the club is in good heart. I believe that I am handing over the Presidential reins at an opportune time. Thank you for your support in the past and best wishes to Kate Krawczyk and Michele Cunningham in their new roles, as President and Secretary.

I will continue to work with the club to achieve our over-arching goal of encouraging enjoyment of the wonderful outdoors environment we are so blessed with.

Patrick Holland
Outgoing President

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