Next Meeting – 14 February 2022 – Croquet
Former President Peter Mayne advised members that our current President Lyn was unable to attend the meeting due to health issues and our guest speaker Nadia Kersel was in isolation as a precaution. However Kevin Longman agreed to give a talk on his and his wife’s experience, being held in MIQ in Auckland after a trip from Sydney. As Ian Holford, who was designated to give the two minute talk, it was agreed that Kevin could talk for more than 2 minutes.
GRACE: was given by Roger Joplin: “May we thank the Lord for the food we are about to receive. Amen.”
EXTENDED TWO MINUTE TALK: Kevin who spoke of his and Ann’s experience spoke of being stuck in Australia at the end of June. They had planned to stay there until October, and tried for nine weeks, to get through the MIQ method through the lottery system, where one logged in for an hour before the lobby opened and where you were told which place they would hold in the queue, which at times included up to 30,000 people. It was difficult to find spaces allocated during January and February. For Kevin and Ann it was difficult if one was unable to find the space, so there was a need to get back to the end of the queue. Finally they were allocated a space at the end of December and got a flight home to Auckland with all the passengers in isolation. They were all taken to the Crown Plaza Hotel, managed by the Defense Dept., now Auckland’s MIQ Centre.
Kevin was quite impressed with the care taken of all guests, all being held in isolation.
Kevin admired the quality of care taken of all guests, being held in isolation. He was most impressed by the amount of food provided and he believed that he and Ann could have survived on 50% of the quantity of the food. Food was delivered to the door, with anything uneaten being put in the rubbish. Clean linen was available very quickly and all guests were tested 6 times in 9 days. There was complete isolation from every one else. One was only able to exercise 40 minutes each day and couples were invited each day to check in for a blue wrist band to do a circuit together – one direction only, with no passing of others and staying 2 metres apart. Rules were constantly being checked to ensure guests obeyed them.
Both Kevin and Ann found it a big experience to go through isolation – the management of the facilities and all the guests was very well done and Kevin applauded the Govt for the planning and efforts of that part of the process in its desire to manage the facilities so well. It is difficult now for people who can’t get a space – rather like buying a lotto ticket! Kevin and Ann are happy now to be back home and have no intention to head for Australia any time soon. Kevin did jigsaw puzzles to fill in time in MIQ, something he hadn’t done since he was a child, watched TV and regularly talked on the phone with family. However they are still awaiting the invoice for their accommodation which, they expect will be anything upwards of $2,000. One could only buy alcohol through the holiday shop on the premises but were limited to1 bottle of wine per day. Everyone was checked out for covid daily and once a positive text came through, they were instantly shifted to another hotel. There was no example of that from their fellow passengers on that flight.
SARGENTS SESSION: Was Bill Riley who had found some good jokes to share and raised $95.20.
Planting Trees at St Andrews Road Charlie and Brian are inviting volunteers for more tree planting at the new Camping ground, please get in touch with them.
DUTIES: Please note these arrangements: If you are rostered on for duty but find you are unavailable it is your responsibility to arrange a replacement for yourself. Once this is done, email Stephen Randal at firstname.lastname@example.org and advise him of the change.
|CLUB CALENDAR||7 February||14 February||21 February|
|Cashier||Waitangi Day Mondayised||Duncan||Schnell|
|Badges, Grace & Parting Thought||–||McArdle|
|Vote of Thanks||Blowes||Wake|
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