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19 Feb:        Robbie van Dam The Goodnature Trap Story

Robbie van Dam co-founded Goodnature in 2005 after the completion of his degree in Industrial Design at Victoria University, Wellington. With his mate Craig Bond, Goodnature has grown from the two of them and a small innovation grant from the Department of Conservation to nearly 50 staff selling products into 20countries. As the design leader, Robbie hosts products from inception in the field to the final delivery of the product to the end consumer and all the key touchpoints along the way. Initially, all customer insights came from the remote backcountry of NewZealand but with success, this has transitioned to cities all over the planet and people’s backyards or homes.


26 Feb:        Graham White on Heaphy Track bike trip

Graham and 4 others were keen to bike the Heaphy track but it was only open to bikes during the winter months. Come and see what you get after cancelling the trip twice with severe weather warnings the second time and finally nailing it on the third attempt.


4 March:      Tom Haliburton on his tandem cycling trip in Europe

A tandem bicycle loaded with equipment for camping and touring is a cumbersome monster.  Tom will talk about some tandem cycle tours of several months in the United States and Europe, including the TransAmerica Route 76 during the Presidential election campaign.  From a bicycle, it was obvious why Trump was likely to be elected.


The club is always interested to hear from anybody wanting to be considered as a Wednesday night guest speaker and is open to suggestions



If you have any suggestions for speakers, or would like to give a presentation yourself, please contact

Michele or Pamela at club night, or email details to