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Our Club holds regular (usually monthly) social activities for members. These activities may be ‘stand-alone’ events or based around the Inbound Journey programme where members are invited to participate.

In addition to the events listed, the club has a monthly coffee morning. These are held at a different Wellington location each month, where members get together informally for a chat and a catch-up. New members often attend these functions and are always very welcome.

Click the year of interest below to view details.

22/05/2019: Soup and Buns

SOUP and BUN Night

I ran this event last year and we had a wonderful time, so I have decided that we will do this again.

This will be held at 43 Chapman St, Johnsonville on Sunday 26th May, starting at 4.30pm

Soup and buns will be provided for $8 per person and you are welcome to bring wine and a small dessert plate.

If you would like to assist with the catering of soup I would love the assistance – please let me know.

If you are attending this event please RSVP by the 21st May -

13/04/2019: Picnic

Wellington Kapiti Friendship Force Annual Picnic

WHEN:  Saturday 13th April

WHERE:  Percy Scenic Reserve, 5 Dowse Drive,  Maungaraki, Lower Hutt.

BYO picnic and chair, there will be optional walks and activities.

17/03/2019: Show and Tell


WHEN: 5pm Sunday March 17th

WHEN: Capital Rodders Club Room, 40 Onepoto Road, Titahi Bay

Come along and hear all about the Journey that went to Bergen, Norway and Derbyshire, England.

This will be followed by a Pot Luck Meal

Please bring a Main and Dessert to share.

Tea and Coffee will be provided but please bring your own wine etc plus plates, glasses and cutlery.

27/01/2019: Bowling

When:    Sunday 27th January 2019

Where:   Naenae Bowling Club, Vogel Street, Naenae


10:00 - 10:30 am         Hot scone and tea/coffee                                           $5

10:30 - 12:30 pm        Bowling (all bowls and kitty provided)                         $16

12:30 - 1:30 pm          Lunch. Roast/Salad etc (Other optins available)         $10

Confirm attendance by email to


19/08/2017: Nuts and Bolts

When:   Saturday 19th August. 9.30am to 3.30pm

Where:  St John’s Hall, Bowen Street, Fielding

Cost:      $10 (Includes 3 Raffle Tickets)

What is it?  Nuts and Bolts is an annual meeting of all the Friendship Force clubs in the lower North Island. Learn more about Friendship Force, meet people from other clubs and have fun.

Could you please ring/email Joyce (04 3892 188 if you are going to attend the Nuts and Bolts day as there may be some opportunity for car sharing with a petrol cost of $20.00 to the driver.

21/07/2017: Dinner at the Wellington Club
Time6.30 p.m. (for 7.00 p.m. meal)
Date:  Friday 21 July 2017.
Cost:  $50
ENTREE        Soup of the day or  Butternut risotto with sage and rocket
MAIN            Barbecue free range chicken with pommes puree, forest mushroom sauce or  Salmon & spinach filo parcel with lemon & parsley cream
Petit four and coffee.
Please e-mail RSVP with definite commitments to Ngaire by Monday 17th July 2017. (Wellington Club want our numbers the following day).
03/05/2017: Napier Visit
11/03/2017: Kapiti Picnic

Cancelled due to rain     


March – 11TH


                 ……  COMBINED PICNIC WITH KAPITI CLUB ……

                                 40TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION


                                                 SATURDAY MARCH 11TH  - 11.00 AM – 3:00 PM


The combined picnic with Kapiti FF  Club to celebrate International Day on 1 March and

the 40th birthday of FFI.


Kapiti FF are hosting - Florida Suncoast FF so we will be able to meet friends from Florida


What to bring

  1. Shared lunch item (finger food) for communal lunch table.
  2. Own plate and cutlery.
  3. Own drinks and glass or hot flask and cups.
  4. Own chair/s and a table.
  5. Sun-block and hat.

 There are trees but an umbrella may be helpful.

 Be prepared for a few fun games with Kapiti and Florida.

Cancellation  Kapiti President will ring Rhys.  Rhys will need to email

all club members to notify them.  Please check emails if wet for cancellation as it may not be wet in


  Directions -

Otaihanga Domain:

      Drive to roundabout north of Paraparaumu

      turn left, past Southwards Museum,

      over the railway line, follow road to sign to turn right for Domain.

     SEE   YOU   ALL   THERE

Joyce, Ngaire & Lynnda – Social Committee.

25/02/2017: Picnic at Percy's Reserve


              ……   PICNIC AT PERCY'S RESERVE ……

                                Drawing, Walking and Eating afternoon tea.

                       SATURDAY  25TH FEBRUARY – 2:00 PM ONWARDS

 It is nice to renew friendships and meet new members.

 What better way to meet up with your fellow Friendship Force Friends.

 Bring a Friend.


Meet at 2.00pm in the covered area at the entrance of Percy's Reserve

Lower Hutt.


Starting with fun filled drawing and laughs, followed by a walk and

finishing with a picnic afternoon tea.


The walk takes about an hour, wear walk shoes and a stick could be

handy.  It is not strenuous.


 Afternoon tea will start about 3.00pm under the covered area at the

beginning of Percy's Reserve.


Only cancelled if it is raining hard as there is a shelter for

afternoon tea.


Percy's Reserve Lower Hutt.    Off motorway or St H 2 with lots of parking.

Ph:    Joyce Gibson   3892188  for further info.



11/12/2016: 2016 AGM President's Report
24/10/2016: AGM

When:        Sunday 27th November at 4 pm

Where:      1842 Bar & Restaurant, Disraeli Street, Johnsonville.

Please come along and support your club. A form will be sent out shortly for you to nominate yourself or others for the committee. Do give consideration to where you could help to make us an even more vibrant club.

Stay for a meal afterwards to socialise with other members.

Please let Lynnda know if you are staying so that she can give numbers to the restaurant.  or ring 478 5963

25/09/2016: Tulip Sunday

 3 of us enjoyed the activities and gardens of Tulip Sunday. We finished with a lovely coffee in the Rose Garden and a walk back to the train.

21/08/2016: Last of the Summer Wine at the Hutt Repertory Theatre

15 members attended this event and dinner afterwards. It was a lovely afternoon and evening . This play was sold old in March.

07/08/2016: Show and Tell

A good turn out again for this event. This gives people the opportunity to share were they had been  and the experiences they had along the way. It was a very pleasant afternoon – unfortunately the hall did not provide heating and we found the middle of winter very cold that day. Afterwards we went to a local bar for dinner and warmth.

23/06/2016: Midwinter Xmas
23/06/2016: Midwinter Xmas
17/04/2016: Walk in the park and afternoon tea at Sawmillers

This was another beautiful day and the bush of Tane’s track was stunning with many tall beech trees. Ian and Lynnda shared their knowledge of the fauna.

08/04/2016: Dinner Club

At the suggestion from club members we started a Dinner Club - our 1st dinner was RSA Porirua which 7 attended and enjoyed very much. 

20/03/2016: Brunch 10am at The Bach – followed by mini golf in Happy Valley

10 of us enjoyed a lovely brunch in the sun overlooking the Cook Strait, and the mini golf was competitive and a real laugh. 

20/02/2016: Combined Picnic with Kapiti Club at Queen Elizabeth Park

We were hosting Whangarei Club, so we co-ordinated the social event and the Annual picnic with Kapiti. We went down to the beach end of the Tramway and lunch there. It was a perfect day and everyone enjoyed themselves.

01/01/2016: Coffee mornings

In addition to the events listed, the club has a monthly coffee morning. These are held at a different Wellington location each month and is a time where members get together informally for a chat and a catch up. New members often attend theses functions and are always very welcome.

30/08/2015: Show and Tell

Come along and hear about the recent exchange to South America

When: Sunday 30th August at 1.30pm

Where: Capital Rodders clubrooms, Onepoto Road, Titahi Bay

15/05/2015: Exchange to Napier

Friday 15th May 10 members departed for a weekend in the world famous Art Deco City of Napier.  Friday night was hospitality with hosts and a briefing of the programme for the next two days.

 Saturday morning saw us assembled at the Art Deco Information Office. We were shown a film on the history of Napier with specific emphases on the earthquake that changed the landscape for ever. We were then taken on a walking tour of the city escorted by a professional guide. This was very enlightening, educational and entertaining.


After the walking tour we were taken on a wider area tour of the city courtesy of the Ford Model A car club. In a fleet of Model As, in convoy, we toured the city in style giving the royal wave to all those who looked wondering who we were! We experienced a great tour taking in the sights, Mission Vineyards and ending at a great restaurant at about 2pm.  After an extended late lunch, we were returned to city centre in the Model As where our hosts duly picked us up and returned us to their homes.

That evening we were treated to soup “n” roll at the homes of various Napier members

Sunday morning we assembled at the Chocolate factory. This is a great complex with a museum, chocolate shop, souvenir shop and a café. At 10.30am we were given our instructions! A car rally was to commence. This rally was principally a rural excursion and again very informative. After several hours we arrived at an African themed restaurant for lunch.  Unfortunately no one from Wellington won the rally but there was time for speeches and an opportunity to formally thank the Napier club for a splendid weekend. After another extended lunch we were given free time with our hosts.

Monday morning we all departed Napier and returned to Wellington. The weekend was really very successful and we hope that more members will be able to participate in future domestic exchanges.


Rhys Morris ED

27/03/2015: Exchange from Manawatu

Manawatu Friendship Force visited us for the weekend. (27-30 March)

We started with just getting to know each other and renewing old acquaintances, lunch and a visit to Te Papa. The Air New Zealand exhibition is fantastic. we visited Somes Island, had lunch at Days Bay Pavilion. Everyone went on their own adventures late afternoon. We went to Otari which was delightful. Pot luck dinner was yummy and the charades was a laugh. we all went for a stroll along the Wellington Waterfront, to the Cuba Street Festival, up the Cable car to the Botanic Gardens.
Another great day.


Thank you to Manawatu for coming down to stay with us and we hope you have enjoyed your stay. Lynnda Bouzaid


There are some fabulous photos on face book – can’t put them all onto this page!! So please look them up. Thanks Lynnda and Tony for Organising this weekend.

22/03/2015: Theatre visit

SOCIAL OUTING TO HUTT REPERTORY, 22 MARCH great time out with wonderful people from our club. Here we are at half time at Pride and Prejudice by Hutt Repertory - Well done for a wonderful play too. Some of us continued on to a lovely meal at the Ayutthaya, Petone.


17/02/2015: Anniversary dinner 17 February, we celebrated our 30th anniversary in style with a dinner at Capital Rodders in Titahi Bay. This is a great venue with a balcony right over the water and it was a beautiful balmy evening. Following dinner, well catered by Chalet Caterers, cake cutting and speeches, a very fine local band played popular music. evening was planned around the Field Representatives meetings hosted by our club. Because of these meetings, Matthew Nidek from FFI was also able to be there. It was no great surprise that he proposed to his girlfriend Amy, in Adelaide, where he attended the Australia National Conference. She accepted!


Bob Walker, Rhys Morris and Graham Wigley, club members, were our band. They were really good, playing great dancing music. Thanks to them and to Rhys, who was MC. Rhys is Vice President and we are looking forward to him leading activities and preparing to take over from Lis. was a great evening, enjoyed by all those who came to celebrate with us.   

There are more photos on our face book site.

21/10/2013: Walk and Dinner
15/09/2013: Walk to the tulips
21/07/2013: Pot Luck Lunch
16/06/2013: 10 Pin Bowling
21/04/2013: Bert and Maisy
17/03/2013: Fun Day at Belmont Gardens