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FOR ALL THOSE WITH AN INTEREST IN BRITISH INDIA STEAM NAVIGATION (BI)

BI Second Australasia Reunion

Farewell Brisbane....

Following the successful Brisbane event, the second Australasia reunion for BI staff was held towards the end of April 2003. Fine wather prevailed and by all accounts the reunion was a great success with all the myriad arrangements and the curry coming in for particular praise.

Auckland was chosen after taking soundings at the Brisbane 2001 reunion, where there was a good deal of support for Auckland. Known as the City of Sails, Auckland is built on the shores of the Waitemata Harbour. The downtown area of the city is on the harbour's edge.

- See a list of those attending the reunion

The hotel chosen is The Heritage (left), which is located on Hobson Street, virtually across the road from the Sky City Casino, and within easy walking distance of the waterfront and Americas Cup Village, as well as the city's main shopping area and the Maritime Museum. The hotel's facilities include pool, gym and a pleasant bar called the Muddy Farmer. Close by are several cafes, pubs and restaurants. Rooms are spacious and well appointed, all with en-suite facilities. The reunion dinner will be held in the Hotel.

 

 

Programme

 

Thursday April 24

 

Arrive Auckland. Check in at The Heritage
The BI registration desk will be manned by members of the organising committee
1900 - Welcome cocktail party


Friday April 25 Anzac Day

There will be a dawn parade and mid-morning service at the Auckland War Memorial Museum in the Domain for those who wish to attend.
Shops will be open at 1300
Reunion dinner at the Heritage


Saturday April 26 A five-hour excursion to Waiheke Island including harbour ferry cruise, visit to a vineyard with wine-tasting, and a barbecue lunch at the vineyard's Mud Brick Café

Sunday 27 April Curry lunch at the Mahatma Gandhi Centre, 145 New North Road. A coach transfer will be provided from the hotel to the venue but as some may wish to stay to socialise, attendees will make their own way back. Taxis are not expensive. For those in a fit state to walk, the distance is approximately two kilometres!

Monday April 28 Depart Auckland

Costs

The Heritage Hotel

Single or twin NZ$188 per room per night

Multiply the NZ$ amounts by the following factors to arrive at the approximate equivalent in your own currency:
Australia 0.83
Canada 0.69
UK 0.31

Drinks, other than those included at the Cocktail Party and the Reunion Dinner, will be on a cash bar basis

 

Cocktail Party

NZ$45 per person

Reunion Dinner, inc drinks

NZ$88 per person

Waiheke Island Excursion

NZ$108 per person

Curry Lunch

NZ$57 per person
Registration fee NZ$20 per person

DEPOSIT
The hotel and other operators require a deposit in order to confirm space. A deposit of $150 per person is required, which is refundable in full up until two months prior to the commencement date of the reunion.

Download booking form

Flights to and from Auckland

Residents of Australia and other countries should make enquiries at their local airline office or travel agent. It is possible that Mark Kenyon will be able to improve on air fares for Australian residents, so feel free to contact him with the details of what you have been quoted.

Mark Kenyon can make flight reservations for New Zealand residents outside Auckland, but please note that the lower fares are payable WITHIN 24 HOURS of confirmation of flights and are NON-REFUNDABLE.

Travel insurance

Due to the rules governing most air fares, and the hotelís cancellation policy, it is strongly recommended that you take insurance cover against unforeseen circumstances. New Zealand residents please note that there is a policy available for travel within New Zealand and for domestic cancellation only.

Receipts

We will not send out receipts in order to save on postage costs. Please check your bank or credit card statements.

Length of stay

The duration of the Reunion is four nights. If you require a longer or a shorter stay at the Heritage in Auckland, please state the number of nights required on the registration form. Mark Kenyon will be pleased to make any additional arrangements for you if you intend spending more time in New Zealand either side of the Reunion dates.

Small functions

Small functions for specific interest groups can be arranged. These could include "Chantala", "Chindwara", troopships, educational cruise ships. If you are interested in a small group gathering, please state the subject of your interest on the registration form. We would point out that there may be an additional charge for any such function.

Booking and payment

For all payment and booking details see the downloadable PDF form, which also contains all the above information. Simply download, print and complete the form and send with payment to:
Mark Kenyon
Remi-Kenyon Travel Ltd
PO Box 28-343
Remuera
Auckland 5
New Zealand

Organisers:
Mark Kenyon remi.kenyon@xtra.co.nz Tel/Fax: (09) 523 1366
Nick Edwards Jnedwards@xtra.co.nz Tel: (09) 528 5279
Tony and Anne Gates t.and.a.gates@xtra.co.nz Tel: (09) 528 4199


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