Wellington Reunion 2014 - Bulletin # 2

Great Response!!
We have had a fabulous response to the invitation to THE Wellington Reunion in November.  Teoh Lay Hock tells me the invitation is for all International alumni of Victoria University and Wellington Polytechnic and their Kiwi friends from the late 1960s and early 1970s.  He wants to pull in colleagues and friends from all over the world, I think!!  Fantastic! Thank you also to Margaret Wallace who I understand is doing a great job contacting people.

People are registering daily.
If you are coming, it’s a good idea to confirm and register/pay as soon as you can as we do have limited numbers.  Everything is organised for 120-150 people and we think that’s a good number.  You can Register Here to my email and I will send you details on how to pay  RM620 in Malaysia, Aus$200 in Australia or NZ$210 in New Zealand – whatever suits you best.  That includes the Main Event Dinner/Dance on Thursday, 20 November, 2014 at The Boatshed, Wellington.  Any money over will be donated to the Gillies McIndoe Research Foundation run in Wellington by Malaysian-born doctor and researcher, Dr Swee Tan.  Do look at the video.  He is inspiring.

I’ve had a few queries about accommodation. 
Near Te Papa and the Courtenay Place cafes is my favourite for friends -  the Museum Art Hotel which has character and small self-catering apartments. 
Much cheaper and more basic but nearby is the YHA which has individual rooms. 
The little Ohtel is quirky and lovely. 
Wellington has the usual hotels –the  Copthorne, Bay Plaza, Amora are all in the same area and they are all listed on Tripadvisor. 
You might like to look at www.airbnb.co.nz for rooms in private houses. 
We have asked if there is accommodation at Weir House but haven’t heard back yet.

Professor John Davies has asked if former Commerce students would like to visit the new Victoria Business School.
And I had a very nice message from the New Zealand High Commissioner to Malaysia, H.E. David Pine, who spoke warmly of the Victoria University alumni in Malaysia.

Diary (so far): 
Monday, 17th November 2014.  9.30am to 3.30pm.  Maori welcome at the Victoria University Marae and tours of Victoria University, including Weir House and the Government Building Law School.
Tuesday, 18th November, 2014:  Free day to show the family around.  Or….Food tours of Wellington, Hobbit location tours, Makeup demonstrations at Kirkcaldie and Stains, Wine tours of the Wairarapa, Soccer game….
Wednesday, 19th November 2014  6.30pm  Casual Kiwi barbecue at the Southern Cross pub. $15-25 a head.  Pay on the night.
Thursday, 20th November 2014  6.30pm The Main Event:  Dinner, dancing and entertainment, hosted by the Chancellor of Victoria University, Mr Ian McKinnon and his wife, Jenny.
More details as more is planned…..
The Main Event
You are warmly invited to put on your best dancing shoes for The Main Event. 
Hosted by the Chancellor of Victoria University, Mr Ian McKinnon CNZM, QSO, JP, The Main Event will be a sparkling evening with top Kiwi cuisine and wine by Ruth and Paul Pretty, entertainment and dancing to 60s and 70s music at The Boatshed on Wellington’s waterfront.  Halal Food.  Thursday, 20 November, 2014 at 6.30pm. 
You won’t want to miss this!!!!

We’d love to see you at the Reunion so do come and do let your friends know.  Please feel free to pass on this invitation to those you would like to see again.  It is your reunion. 

Kind regards
Catharine and Stephen Franks