70th Birthday Raffle

Raffle tickets are now for sale, with all proceeds going towards the cost of the Club's 70th Birthday. There are 500 tickets available at $10 each. The wonderful prizes up for grabs are as follows:

First Prize:  Bay of Islands Getaway. Two night's accommodation at Baywatch, a lovely 3-bedroom house overlooking the sea at Russell (Dates subject to availability). Included is a $200 food voucher at the Duke of Marlborough and 2 bottles of Haha Bubbles wine.

Second Prize: Locally crafted quilt (Cynthia Johnson) and 2 bottles of Haha Bubbles wine.

Ranks Report 2023

Congratulations to Tania, Roger, Len, Kim, Kevin, Juliet and Mandy!

Each year, NZ Bridge publishes a list of the top 20 Masterpoint earners for each rank. This year's results were good for Whangarei, with 7 players making the cut. The table below is a summary of the rankings.

Richard Bland Honoured

On his retirement, Richard was honoured for his 30 years as a National Director at Congress. Richard's bio and his contributions to bridge in New Zealand were published in the Congress Bulletin:

Director Richard learned bridge in 1971 and he joined Waimate Bridge Club in 1972. After moving to Dargaville in 1975, he was part of a group that formed the Dargaville Bridge Club.

”As a new club, with fairly inexperienced players, we had to allocate roles to people, and I picked up directing.”

Congress 2023

A sizeable contingent of players from Whangarei descended on the Baypark Arena in Mt Maunganui for this year's National Congress. In the Open division were Neil Ruddell and Tania Brown, John McIntosh and Roger Bell, and Honorable Member, Jane Stearns. The rest of the team were all intermediates; Lee Orton and her sister Mandy Kelly, Kim Thomas and Kevin Grundy, Jayne Broome and Laurie Brockliss, and Rod and Gail Christensen.