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Wednesday February 2/ Thursday February 3
Peter Johnstone Memorial bowls tournament, Mt Maunganui

Wednesday February 16
Club AGM, 6pm

Sunday February 27
Blues v Hurricanes, 3.35pm

Saturday March 5
Blues v Chiefs, 4.35pm

Sunday March 20
Pat Walsh Memorial Bowls Day

Saturday April 2
Blues v Moana Pasifika, 7.05pm

Friday May 6
Blues v Rebels, 7.05pm

Saturday May 14
Blues v Reds, 7.05pm


July 23, 2018

To all Barbarian members,
I am writing to you both as Patron of our club but also as a trustee of the NZ Rugby Foundation. This year, the NZ Rugby Foundation is holding its annual lunch at Eden Park on FridayAugust 24, the day before the Bledisloe Cup test vs Australia. We have endeavoured to support the foundation where we can for a number of years and have held joint fundraising events with them. I encourage you to get along to the lunch and enjoy the camaraderie of friends over nice food, wine and entertainment. A flyer outlining the details is attached.
The NZ Rugby Foundation was established by Sir Russell Pettigrew and Kel Tremain in 1988. Since that time, it has supported our severely injured rugby players (VIPs – Very Injured Players) by providing grants for home improvements, education, vehicles and other such things that improve their quality of life.
I am aware that there are other functions on at the same time and they are all for great causes as well.
If you can make this one, it will be greatly appreciated. You will be supporting a great cause. After the lunch, our clubrooms will be open for our members, and the Rugby Foundation patrons including some VIPs.
Warmest regards,
Bryan Williams
NZ Barbarian Rugby Club

July 18, 2018

It seems a bit early in the season but there is only three weeks of Super Rugby and two weeks of club rugby left in Auckland before we then look forward to the Mitre 10 Cup. 

Sir Colin Meads tribute luncheon

Sir Colin Meads tribute luncheon 
Check out the pdf promoting a luncheon that members may like to support. Please contact the organisers directly if you would like to attend. The details are:

Major benefactor – Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition
Date/Time – Thursday August 23, 12:30pm for 1:00pm start
Place – Cordis Auckland (formerly Langham Hotel)
Keynote speaker – Keith Quinn
MC– Phil Gifford
Special guests– Ian Kirkpatrick, Sir Brian Lochore, Stu Wilson
Contact – or

New members’night
We will be holding a new members’ night on Thursday July26  at the club from 6-8pm to welcome new members who have accepted invitations to join the Barbarians. 
All members are invited to be at the clubrooms so if you are in Auckland on the 26th it would be good to have a solid turnout of existing members.
Our website lists the games being played at Eden Park until the end of the season which includes the All Blacks vs Australia test on August 25, so there is still three months of rugby to go.
All the best to all of the Super and club teams who have progressed to their respective finals games and we look forward to the Blues one day taking part in the finals with a home game at Eden Park, just so the club can get the benefit of a good take through the bar – no bias intended in the comment – just a concern for the club’s finances!

May 16, 2017

The club is holding a gala fundraising dinner called 'Rugby Ties'.
A weekly updated newsletter will be sent to you, especially around the organising of teams from the various eras from both NZ and the UK using member friendships with their counterparts.
Date: Thursday July 6
Venue: Auckland Viaduct Events Centre
Time: 6pm for pre-drinks
Cost: $250 including GST from Ticketmaster: Search: rugby ties
Charities: NZ Rugby Foundation, Spirit of Adventure Trust and the NZ Barbarian Rugby Club
Sponsors to date: Heineken, Brancott Letter Series wines, Barfoot & Thompson

The only formalities on the evening will be the welcome, a panel discussion hosted by the MCs for the night, Melodie Robinson and James McOnie, and three or four auction items to be auctioned by the panel, who will put pressure on you guys.  
The rest of the night is all about the camaraderie gained through playing the sport of rugby and the friends from all around the world for those lucky enough to have been All Blacks or provincial players.
We want this to be the gala dinner event of the Lions tour with attendance by the ‘Rugby Royalty’ of NZ and UK rugby players.
We have been in touch with the UK Barbarians and the Lions tours organisation who have over 6000 supporters on their tours alone, so we expect many of them to be attending this function. 

Speakers: We are trying to match eras of players to cover a broad spectrum of Lions tours. We are seeking assistance from both the UK Barbarians and the NZ Barbarians to find the below spaces as this is about Barbarian members entertaining us on their experiences against each other. We have the below confirmed and are now seeking others so, as a Barbarian, if you feel you know some guys are back out here supporting the Lions, we can easily match them up with an All Black.

We would love a match from the 1977 tour as it is their 40-year reunion this year. Please contact me with suggestions: Simon Johnston 0274-736-327 or email

Scotland: Gavin Hastings 1993 
England to be advised
Wales to be advised
Ireland to be advised

All Blacks:
Sean Fitzpatrick 1993
Sir Brian Lochore 1966 
To be advised
To be advised
Reunions: we would love you members to create reunions of teams you played for against the Lions whether for your province, the New Zealand Maori, NZ Universities or your province. 
Below are the names of Barbarian members who participated against the 1977 Lions team. If your name is included, please start a reunion to all catch up at this event and ring your friends from the UK who you played against.

Poverty Bay-East Coast:
Ian Kirkpatrick
Grant Allen
Lawrie Knight

Ian Eliason
Dave Loveridge
Graham Mourie

King Country-Wanganui:
Bill Osborne

Tim Burcher

Leicester Rutledge

Dennis Thorn
Dave Syms
Greg Denholm

Alex Wyllie
Tane Norton

Dave Henderson
Paul Quinn
Andy Leslie

Bryan Williams
Brad Johnstone
Colin Farrell
Mike Richards
Glenn Rich
Dennis Thorn
Andy Haden
Steve Watt

NZ Maori:
Bill Osborne
Tane Norton

Counties-Thames Valley:
Graeme Taylor
Alan Dawson
Henk Habraken
John Spiers
Andy Dalton

Kevin Greene

NZ Juniors:
Glenn Rich
Rod Ketels
Alan Dawson

North Auckland:
Peter Sloane
Bevan Holmes
Hamish Macdonald

Bay of Plenty:
Alan McNaughton

All Blacks:
Bryan Williams
Brad Johnstone
Colin Farrell
Andy Haden
Bruce Robertson
Bill Osborne
Lawrie Knight
Ian Kirkpatrick
Tane Norton
Graham Mourie

I will be sending out a weekly newsletter on the 'Rugby Ties' event as we turn this into a wonderful occasion, including helping fund the NZ Rugby Foundation and the Spirit of Adventure Trust, both national causes. 
Any assistance you can give me, please don't hesitate, as this event is organised from the committee to keep all costs to a minimum.
We are still looking for additional sponsors, so please contact me for a proposal.  
In appreciation of your support to meet up for camaraderie, laughs and stories.

Simon Johnston
Events & Funding
NZ Barbarian Rugby Club
P: 0274-736-327

March 20, 2017

*We need more bowlers for our annual Barbarian club bowls tournament:
WHERE: Bridge Park Bowling Club, Taylor Road, Mangere Bridge, Auckland
WHEN: Sunday March 26, 9.30am start
ENTRY FEE: 20.00 per person: morning tea and lunch provided
DRESS CODE: Mufti/soft-soled shoes
WHO: Keen bowlers, social bowlers, men’s teams, mixed teams, ladies’ teams
ALL BAABAAS WELCOME: Share transport, bring a friend, partners welcome to join the kitchen team, and have a catch-up

Please indicate in advance your intention to participate:
CONTACTS FOR ENTRIES: Peter Tubberty 0274-682-4670 or Barry Thomas 636-7282

*Copy and paste this link into your browser for a sensible opinion from an Auckland councillor on the future of Eden Park. Good to see Auckland has at least one councillor with some common sense.

March 10, 2017

Friday March 17 will be our first club night for 2017 and our clubrooms will be the perfect place to settle in and watch the Blues’ away game against the Crusaders on our new super-sized TV.
The club will be open from 5pm and I encourage members to make use of the opportunity to showcase their clubrooms, so don’t hesitate to bring a guest. 
As there are no events on at Eden Park on that Friday, there will be no problem with parking.
The clubrooms still have that wow factor and I encourage you to bring family and friends to enjoy our wonderful facility.

Trina and Mereana
Club managers

February 21, 2017

Rugby Ties

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SAVE THE DATE: Thursday July 6, from 6pm
Ticket sales will be for Barbarian club members from mid-March, before we go to market.
Book tables with friends who will be touring for the ‘Rugby Royalty’ dinner of the year.
UK Barbarian members will be keen attendees.
We will shortly be confirming all the speakers, who will partake in a Q&A panel from the various eras of Lions tours.
The 1993 captains Gavin Hastings (Lions) v Sean Fitzpatrick (All Blacks) are already secured.
Sponsorship packages are available. Please contact Simon ‘Johnno’ Johnston on or 0274-736-327.

October 5, 2016

There has been plenty of action on the rugby fields around the globe over the past couple of weeks. 
The All Blacks are going well. Some interesting results from teams in the top half of the North Island. Auckland put on an encouraging performance against Otago, Counties Manukau had a really encouraging game against Auckland (!), North Harbour have won four games and Northland broke their duck by beating Waikato.
But the real action has been at the secondary school level where a tournament is underway involving NZ Schools, Fiji Schools, Australian Schools and the NZ Barbarians Schools.

The following message from our President puts you in the picture:
For those of you who don’t know, our NZ Barbarians Schools team had a very good 28-17 victory over Australian Schools (Monday October 4) at MAGS.
They dominated the scrums and lineouts (Australia hardly won any of their own throws) and had excellent defence – very committed and accurate.
Standouts were the hooker Ricky Jackson, locks Cameron Suafoa and Naitoa Ah Kuoi, flankers Joe Johnston and Sam Dickson(who has just been elevated to NZ Schools due to injury), halfback Folau Fakatava and first five/captain Lincoln McClutchie, replacement second five Scott Gregory and wing Danny Toala.
The conditions were wet and slippery, so some of the handling from both sides at times wasn’t great as they tried to play dry weather rugby but nonetheless this was a real standout performance from our guys.
There was a short after-match for both teams in the MAGS’ hostel dining room and it was great to see the work Roger Moore had done to the place, which is the base for our team, so that it had a Barbarians look and feel – it was really special and I am sure has played a big part in bringing this team together.
Don’t forget Thursday night (that’s tomorrow October 6 – ed) at the club where we welcome the coaches/managers of each team plus the executives of the New Zealand, Australian and Fiji Schools. This starts at 5.30pm.
Saturday (October 8) our team plays Fiji Schools at Auckland Grammar at 1.10pm which is followed by NZ Schools vs Australia. Following the games there is a test match dinner from 5.30 to 7.30 pm at St Peter’s College. 
See you Thursday  

The new members’ induction night was held on Thursday September 29
This from our esteemed club manager Dean Paddy:
This is always a very special night on our calendar. A list of some 13 new inductees were present. Ron Williams’one-armed introduction was spot-on. On receiving their ties and scarf from Ron and Ken Baguley, all spoke exceptionally well, expressing their pride at being invited to become a member of such an illustrious club. Their intent to contribute in any way possible to become an active serving member was sincere. They spoke of how honoured and flattered they were.
It is always a timely reminder to our old membership of how special our club is. When you have been a Baabaa for sometime you can become a little blasé about the meaning of being a member. After the acceptance speeches of the new inductees, you are left in no doubt of how special it is!
Rather unusually there were three families honoured by the continuing lineage down through the generations. Barry Thomas and son Greg, for example. Barry was still not well enough to be there to enjoy his son’s induction. Ray Reardon was present to watch his son Russell receive his tie. Pat Walsh watched from above as his wife Noeline received her scarf. She is proving to be a great asset to the club, along with son Mark. Noeline has taken charge of a group of widows of old members to keep them active and interested in the club’s activities. She proposed a toast to this end.
A memorable gathering
Dean Paddy

Great to read this from the Herald website:
Sir Colin Meads breaks media silence - to win Bieber tickets
12:13pm Tuesday Oct 4, 2016
Sir Colin Meads called radio station ZM today - to win tickets to Justin Bieber for his granddaughter.
Kia kaha, Pinetree

Upcoming events
Thursday October 6 – Mitre 10 Cup – Auckland vs Tasman, 7:35pm at Eden Park
Saturday October 8 – NZ Barbarians Schools vs Fiji Schools, 1:10pm at AGS
Saturday October 22 – All Blacks vs Australia 7:35pm at Eden Park


July 20, 2016

Snow White has propped his final scrum
Andy Dalton sent the following email out at the end of last week and Andy’s words say it all:
It is with sadness that Auckland Rugby has learned our most capped player, ‘Snow’ White, has passed away this morning.
Hallard Leo White, known as Snow, was born on March 27, 1929 in Kawakawa.
The prop played for the Northcote club and debuted for Auckland in 1949. He went on to play 196 times in the blue and white hoops, a record that still stands today and is unlikely to be surpassed.
His All Blacks debut came in 1953. He played 16 matches, including four tests. He later served as President of both the Auckland and New Zealand Rugby unions.
White was a key member of the Auckland team who defended the Ranfurly Shield a record 25 times between 1960 and 1963, that mark only bettered by the Auckland side of the 1980s. 
“The fact that Snow is still the most capped Auckland player is a reflection of the durability of the man,” said Auckland Rugby CEO Andy Dalton.
“He was a wonderful gentleman and a great supporter of wider game and community. He was attending Auckland matches he recently as last year.”
On hanging up his boots, he coached at the Northcote club and was assistant coach for Auckland.
Our sincere condolences to Snow’s family and friends
Snow’s funeral is being held today (Wednesday July 20) at Eden Park, ASB Stand at 12 noon. The Barbarian clubrooms will be open after the service.

Test match: All Blacks vs Australia, Saturday October 22
I have received the following advice from Eden Park re: ticketing for this test:
Unfortunately we do not have approval to set up presale for your members, but if you like you can let them know that public sale started Monday July 18 at 9am through Ticketmaster

Upcoming events at Eden Park or future events involving the NZ Barbarians club:
Friday August 26: Auckland v Northland, 7.45pm
Friday September 2 to Sunday September 4: Top 4 tournament, Palmerston North
Saturday September 3: NZ Barbarians Area Schools v NZ Harlequins Under 18 at St Paul's Collegiate, Hamilton, 1pm
Sunday September 11: Auckland v Waikato, 4.35pm
Sunday September 18: Auckland v Counties Manukau, 2.35pm
Saturday October 1: Auckland v Otago, 7.35pm
Monday October 3: NZ Barbarians Schools v Australia, MAGS, 1.10pm
Thursday October 6: Auckland v Tasman, 7.35pm
Saturday October 8: NZ Barbarians Schools v Fiji, Auckland Grammar, 1.10pm
Saturday October 22: All Blacks v Australia (BC), 7.35pm

Change of CEO at Auckland Rugby
I have received the following press release from Auckland Rugby which will be of interest to many members:
Auckland Rugby Union appoints Chief Executive Officer
The Auckland Rugby Union is pleased to announce the appointment of Jarrod Bear to the position of Chief Executive Officer, replacing Andy Dalton who will retire in 2017.  
Bear has a strong commercial background, having worked for DB Breweries for the past 11 years in a variety of sales and marketing positions.  
He also has a strong rugby background both as a player and a coach, having played over 200 matches in the Auckland premier club competition and latterly as a coach for teams including the College Rifles RFC premier team.
“I am delighted to have been offered this role,” said Bear. “I believe that this is an exciting time for Auckland Rugby and I am looking forward to the challenge of leading one of New Zealand’s largest and strongest provincial rugby unions,” said Bear.
Auckland Rugby Union Chairman Mike Donovan said the Auckland Rugby Union board was delighted to have found such an outstanding candidate.
“Jarrod’s commercial background and his passion for rugby shone out during the selection process and we look forward to welcoming Jarrod to the organisation in early October.  
“I would also like to acknowledge the tremendous contribution Andy Dalton has made to the ARU over the past 10 years as CEO”.

We wish all teams taking part in the Super Rugby finals all the best and well done to Tana and the Blues. You certainly gave the Blues’ supporters something to smile about so something to look forward to next year.

May 27, 2016

RIP Bob Sorenson
We are sorry to bring all Barbarian members the sad news that our patron, Bob Sorenson, has passed away.  The clubrooms will be open after the funeral, so members and friends are invited to move to Eden Park at the conclusion of activities at the church.

The following is the family notice published in the New Zealand Herald today and yesterday:
SORENSON, Robert Gordon (Bob). Passed away peacefully at Auckland City Hospital on May 25, 2016 surrounded by his family, aged 92. Loved husband of the late Joyce. Loved father and father-in-law of Denise and John, Lesley and Bruce, Frances and Grant, Mark and Jenny, Greg and Charlotte, Chris and Vanessa, Paul and Shelley. Bob to 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. A service will be held at St Michael's Catholic Church, 6 Beatrice Road, Remuera on Monday May 30 at 10.30am. Thank you to Auckland City Hospital staff and the great team at Eastcliffe Retirement Village.

On behalf of the club, we have filed this notice:
Robert Gordon (Bob) Sorenson.
We are saddened to hear of Bob’s passing and our condolences to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We remember and thank Bob for his 60+ years of service to rugby and our club as club captain, president, life member and patron. 
President and Committee – New Zealand Barbarian Rugby Club
Bob played 40 games for Auckland from 1942 to 1946, scoring 173 points, and was a hard-working and marvellous contributor to our club.
Rest in peace, Bob Sorenson

May 20, 2016

We have a new name
After a couple of years work by Neil Cullimore, Beegee Williams, Alan Montgomery, Mike Donovan and Bernie Allen, we held our Extraordinary General Meeting on Wednesday May 11 and the new rules were adopted. 
There are a number of tidy-up type rules that have been addressed but as from now we are known as the NEW ZEALAND BARBARIAN RUGBY CLUB Inc. 
We have the same purpose – just a different name – and it enables the club to formalise its relationship with The Barbarian Football Club Ltd. in the UK.

Thanks from NZ Rugby Foundation
When you paid your subs we included an opportunity for members to make a donation to the club for its memorabilia restoration project and also to the NZ Rugby Foundation. 
Thanks to your generosity, we now have over $5000 to spend on restoring our displays (we have spent $2000 already on sorting out the old red book of various cuttings which is back on display) and we have this week paid $5190 to the Rugby Foundation. 
All donors will be sent an individual acknowledgement but Lisa Kingi-Bon at the foundation sent a thank you email:
Acknowledged with grateful thanks, such humbling generosity.
Kind regards

Auckland Rugby ex-players
Auckland Rugby are planning a number of events for ex-players in 2016. 
If you are receiving this email then you will receive details of events via the Barbarian club database.
This is early advice that the Auckland Rugby reunion match in 2016 will be:
Auckland v Counties Manukau, Sunday September 18 (kickoff 2.35pm)
Auckland Rugby will also be having an Auckland Rugby golf day on Friday October 7 – details to be provided later.
If you require further information, please contact Emma Campbell on

Upcoming events
Saturday May 21 – Live TV coverage of Parker vs Takam – admission $10. Let Trina Seits know if you are attending:
Saturday May 28 – Blues vs Crusaders at 7:35pm. NZRPA members are attending as guests
Thursday June 9 – University Rugby Club long lunch after-match.
Saturday June 11 – All Blacks vs Wales
Sunday June 19 – Annual Fun Day at Ngataringa Bay, starting at 9am
Friday July 8 – Blues vs Brumbies at 7:35pm

May 12, 2016

Fight night: May 21
An opportunity has arisen where members and friends can enjoy the Joseph Parker v Carlos Takam fight broadcast live at our clubrooms for $10.00 per person.
Spaces are limited, so please text Trina: 021-059-8035or email: to reserve your spot.
The following is the essential information.

COST: $10.00 per person
DATE: Saturday May 21  
DOORS OPEN: 4:00pm  
VENUE: NZ Barbarians clubrooms, Eden Park, Gate C, Level 6  
DRESS CODE: Smart casual

Note the limitation on numbers so respond to Trina via email at if you would like to attend.

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Club night: May 20 
Our next club night is on Friday May 20. All welcome. You can test your consumption out on the alicometer we have at the club and there is always Uber to get you home. We have got Google maps updated so they may even know where the club is, but Uber does work even if it is a bit different to running outside and catching a cab.

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February 15, 2016

Belated New Year’s greetings to you all and although our newsletter department has been a bit quiet, the club has been busy with one-day cricket and NRL Nines. Thanks to Dean, Trina and Mereana for looking after the bar and thanks to Harvey, Dowdy, Dylan, Ron and Joe who hired the club boxes for these games and ensured the club enjoyed good turnover through the bar.
We are now well into 2016 so the following are immediate events for your attention:

Pat Walsh Memorial Bowls Day on Sunday February 21
Peter Tubberty is putting together a team of Barbarians, so give Tubb a call on 027-682-4670 if you can take part or send Ken Baguley an email.

Barbarians vs Eagles Golf Day Monday April 18 at Pakuranga GC
This is an advance notice of the annual golf day against the Eagles. By way of background, the Eagles Golfing Society was formed from golfers who have served on any of the many golf committees around New Zealand. A major purpose of the Eagles is to raise funds for junior golf and the Halberg Trust. A number of our senior Barbarians were/are trustees of the Halberg Trust and an annual fixture evolved many years ago. Unfortunately the game versus the Eagles didn’t happen last year (I can sense Murray Reid scowling from on high) so would it would be great to get support for the fixture this year. Reidy can then start smiling again. Contact our golf CEO Mark Moore  or 027-255-2155 or email Ken Baguley.

Super Rugby is just about here
The first Blues game vs Highlanders is on Friday week, February 26, 7.35pm at Eden Park.
The full home programme is up on our website and the full Super Rugby programme is available at
This seems to be a well organised website so could be worthwhile saving this site for future reference. We look forward to seeing a good turnout in the clubrooms before and after the game on Friday and all home games at Eden Park.

Membership cards for 2016
We have had a reasonable response to our subscription invoices, so thankyou to the 53% of members who have paid.
Membership cards will be mailed to all financial members this week and these cards will be needed to get past Eden Park security to gain admission to the clubrooms. If you are part of the 47% who haven’t paid then it would be good to get subs admin out of the way for 2016 so the secretary looks forward to hearing from you.

December 2, 2015

After the excitement of the Rugby World Cup it’s taken a while to wind up our email communications but we have had quite a busy time at the club with the Annual General Meeting and of course Jonah Lomu’s funeral at Eden Park on Monday.

Club manager Dean Paddy has sent in a report on Jonah’s last trip to Eden Park:
What a wonderful day at our club. Many of you would have watched on TV. We were able to do that from our boxes. Then immediately afterwards many of the guests retired to the Baabaas clubrooms.
Just off the top of my head, these were many of the All Blacks present: John Kirwan, ‘Buck’ Shelford, ‘Beegee’ Williams, Dylan Mika, Eric Rush, Joeli Vidiri, Michael Jones, Joe Stanley, Frank Bunce, Justin Marshall, Ian Jones, and I feel sure there were many others. Also present were John Hart, Manu Vatuvei, one of the Marsh twins, Paul Thomson, Adrian Cashmore, John Mayhew, and a huge number of former Counties players.
I am also very pleased to be able to tell you that Ron Williams, in his first event as President, spoke very well. Ron has to step into very big shoes, but just as Beegee made us all feel very proud to be Barbarians, I feel certain that Ron will do the same. Dylan Mika reciprocated on behalf of the Lomu family and also spoke very well.

Inaugural Royal Wolf Rugby Tertiary Scholarship
Terry Dunleavy organised a function at the clubrooms on Tuesday November 24 attended by some 55 guests for the awarding of the inaugural  Royal Wolf scholarship.
The half a dozen finalists from various schools were a very impressive group of young men.
The winner was Adrian Choat, a Liston College boy who plans to study at the University of Auckland for an engineering degree, to follow in the footsteps of his civil engineer father whose company specialises in concrete kerbing. The scholarship was negotiated with Royal Wolf, New Zealand’s leading shipping container firm, by the Auckland Rugby Union Supporters Club Junior Rugby Foundation. It will be awarded annually to Auckland secondary school leavers to commit to the Auckland Union. Adrian plays his club rugby for Waitemata.
At the announcement in the clubrooms of the Barbarians at Eden Park, by Royal Wolf’s New Zealand manager, Paul Creighton, the foundation’s chairman Barry Hodge said it was an historic occasion in that it takes the long-standing support by the Supporters Club to a new level, a virtual ‘Rhodes scholarship’ of rugby for young, high performing young Auckland stars of the future.
Auckland Rugby Union CEO Andy Dalton congratulated Royal Wolf and the Junior Rugby Foundation for this further positive step in encouraging emerging Auckland rugby talent.

Club Christmas party
A reminder that this is being held at the clubrooms this coming Friday (kickoff is at 5.30pm). Entertainment is organised, so I look forward to seeing large numbers in attendance so our bar staff are challenged – in a nice way, of course.

Upcoming cricket events in January
The following cricket events are scheduled to be held at Eden Park during January:
January 10: Blackcaps vs Sri Lanka, T20
January 15: Blackcaps vs Pakistan, T20
January 31: Blackcaps vs Pakistan, ODI
February 3: Blackcaps vs Australia, ODI

If you would like to purchase a ticket in our club boxes for these games, please send back an email to secretary Ken Baguley at and he will let you know the costs once he gets these from Eden Park.
We look forward to seeing a good turnout on Friday.

October 23, 2015

What a weekend we have coming up.
We have the ITM Cup Premiership final between Auckland and Canterbury at 7.30pm on Saturday. Surely our good friends in Canterbury will roll over and let us poor Aucklanders get a bit of glory out of the season! Somehow I doubt it, but I’m looking forward to the game and seeing if the young talent in the Auckland team can withstand the pressure of playing away from home in Christchurch. Both teams can score from their own 22m, so it should be a great game.
Secondly we have the RWC semifinal at 4am on Sunday. I think everything has been said about the great game the ABs played against France. Just absolutely fantastic, but finals rugby is about winning so maybe too much to expect two in a row like that. Hopefully the ABs don’t withdraw into defensive mode and keep on the attack.

Box tickets for next year
Members will be aware that we have to buy tickets to the seats in boxes 627 and 628 from Eden Park Trust Board and that members can subscribe to tickets in those boxes for the whole rugby season. 
Demand exceeds supply and if members want to be included in a ballot for available tickets for the 2016 season you need to send me an email before 5pm Wednesday November 4. Past President John Mills is in charge of the allocation process and will run a ballot on Friday November 6. Tickets for the rugby season only will cost $1200 (plus GST) per ticket and payment will need to be made from successful applicants by November 30 so we can pay Eden Park Trust Board. 
The 2016 season incorporates seven Blues games, two tests and Auckland’s ITM Cup home programme.

AGM 2015
The Annual General Meeting will be held at the clubrooms on Wednesday November 25 at 6pm. An agenda will be emailed in early November but make a note of the date/time.

September 28, 2015

NZ Barbarians Schools vs NZ Schools
Over the past few weeks the Barbarian brand has featured in several school games which culminated in the NZ Barbarians Schools vs NZ Schools on September 19 at Palmerston North BHS.
You may already have read that NZ Barbarians Schools lost their first game in four seasons, going down 20-18 to the top NZ Schools team in a great game. NZ Schools scored a converted try in the last two minutes for the victory. The scores were tied at 10-all after 50 minutes.
Our President ‘Beegee’ Williams attended the game and the following email from Beegee says it all:
“I must say it was a special 24 hours for me. The culture built up by the management team was exceptional and I have been around many teams. Darren Larsen (Lardy) has done his homework on Maoritanga. Last night's jersey presentation was very emotional and I was privileged to be part of it. Garry Chronican (NZSSRU chairman) was also there as were a number of parents. Today the boys played with huge spirit and led with only three minutes to go. We were in the attacking zone and were awarded a penalty advantage. The boys played on as they were on top. The ref apparently called ‘advantage over’, the ball popped out the side and they went 70 metres to score. Unbelievable! When I left to come back to Auckland, the boys gathered and did a hugely powerful haka for me. It brought tears to my eyes. We are here to stay in this space. They embraced the true Barbarian spirit.’

Top 4 schools tournament
Earlier in the week the national top 4 competition was held in Rotorua and Campbell Burnes has posted a full write-up of the week on our website at
It’s worthwhile clicking onto the link to get all the news on this great tournament.

Rugby World Cup and the Barbarians Football Club
We have quite a team heading off to the UK and President Beegee (Bryan Williams), past President Millsy (Mike Mills), Vice-President Culli (Neil Cullimore) and former NZRU chairman Fish (Rob Fisher) will be meeting with our friends at the Barbarian Football Club on September 29 to discuss issues of mutual interest and to congratulate the UK Barbarians on their 125th jubilee.

Annual General Meeting and Xmas function:
Please note the following dates in your calendars but more information will be sent closer to the time
Annual General Meeting – Wednesday November 25, 6pm
Xmas party – Friday December 4, 6pm

Enjoy the ITM Cup and all the best to our mighty All Blacks.

August 21, 2015

What a great game last Saturday (well done to Steve Hansen, Richie and their team) and that finished off a very busy week for the club.
Tuesday: Ron Palenski launched his book at the clubrooms. The book is a great effort by Ron. The title Rugby – A New Zealand History sounds a little academic, but is very easy to read and a must for anyone interested in our game. On page two Ron quotes from the address that Chief Justice Wild gave to the 75th anniversary of NZ Rugby in 1967, where he explains why rugby has taken such a hold on New Zealand:
“Rugby exactly suited our climate and our soil. It matched the temperament of the New Zealander and in large measure has moulded our national character. It’s the team element which provides a spur to the weaker spirit, a curb for the selfish and discipline for all. It treats every man as an equal from whatever background he comes. There’s no yielding to status in a rugby tackle, there’s no privilege in a scrum.”
A fantastic quote – makes you want to read on.
We have a few copies to sell from the bar at the clubrooms, but you can also order a copy online by going to the Auckland University Press website
Thursday: the Auckland University Rugby Club held their long lunch with after lunch drinks in the Club.
Friday:the NZ Rugby Foundation held their annual lunch and also retired to the Barbarian Club.
And then on Saturday: we had the marvellous test match with the crowd coming alive after the try by Dane Coles and matching the atmosphere from the Cricket World Cup semifinal. 

So now we can concentrate on the ITM Cup before RWC2015 and we have quite a bit on at the club over the next few weeks.

Sunday August 23: Past members’ wives lunch
Noeline Walsh has got together with Justine Barry and Laurie Skinner and they are having a get together of ladies who were once connected to or are currently connected to the Barbarians. They will be meeting for lunch in the clubrooms prior to the ITM Cup game between Auckland  and Taranaki this coming Sunday and all ladies are welcome. 
Noeline’s invitation reads as follows:

Ladies Rugby Supporters Luncheon
On Sunday August 23

Some of the Baabaas’ wives thought it an opportune time to have a

Catch-up...................... Get-together...................... “chit-chat “
Venue: The Barbarians Lounge, Eden Park
Commencing: 11.30am until 1.30pm
Match kickoff: 2.35pm
Light luncheon: $15.00 per person
Optional game ticket: $15.00 (please pay cash at entry).
Confirmation of your attendance to assist catering
TO: Justine Barry Ph: 479-1982 EMAIL:    
OR: Noeline Walsh Ph: 021-959-092 EMAIL:
OR: Laurie Skinner Ph: 836-2610

Transport SOS: If you would like to come and transport is a problem, give us a call and we will endeavour to arrange transport OR get your husband or son to bring you along and they will be able to join the pre-match atmosphere of the club!

As always: our thanks to Peter Thompson, Managing Director Barfoot & Thompson, for his continued support of the Barbarians:

Barbarian club blazers:
The process for purchasing a club blazer changed last year, so the following is for your information and action if you would like to add a Barbarian club blazer to your wardrobe.

1. The material, pocket and buttons have been purchased by the club and are held at Payne Tailors, 105 Karangahape Road, Auckland; Phone 09-379-0735 or 021-786-683. The general manager is Nasir Ali.
2. The member notifies the club ( that they wish to purchase a blazer.
3. The club will notify Payne Tailors of the member’s contact details and they will contact the member to make an appointment.
4. The club will issue an invoice to the member for $150 (incl. GST) to cover the cost of blazer material, buttons and woven pocket.
5. The member goes to Payne Tailors for a fitting.
6. Payne Tailors manufacture the blazer and advise the member when it is ready.
7. The member collects the blazer and pays Payne Tailors $240.00 + GST

August 6, 2015

This is our first broadcast email since the NZ Barbarians vs NZ Maori game but worthwhile reflecting on how well the team played and the exposure that the game gave to the New Zealand Barbarians rugby name. 
So much so that we even had comments sent through from our friends overseas who saw the game that was broadcast through several overseas networks. Well done to manager Angus Gardiner, coaches Scott McLeod, Craig Philpott, Paul Feeney and Jason Price, medicos Deb Robinson and Mark Plummer, captain Brad Shields and all of the team. Just a pity about the weather.  We hope the game made a small contribution to helping the ABs selectors pick a team to retain the Rugby World Cup. I’m getting nervous already!
Once again our thanks to Peter Thompson, managing director of Barfoot & Thompson for his continued support of the Barbarians.

Club manager returns
Just to let you know that Dean Paddy has returned from his trip to mother England and is raring to go. 
The clubrooms will be open on Friday regardless of how many turn up so a chance for our Auckland-based members to reacquaint themselves with the club prior to next week.


Tuesday August 11: first up we have Ron Palenski launching his new book Rugby: a New Zealand Historyfrom our clubrooms.

The following link is an invitation to the launch and members are invited to attend.
The book will be on sale at the clubrooms and you will be able to buy it from the bar.

Thursday August 13: University Rugby Club long lunch 
The lunch starts at midday and finishes late afternoon/early evening in the Barbarian clubrooms for invited attendees but all club members are very welcome to put in an appearance in the clubrooms from late afternoon onwards.

Friday August 14: NZ Rugby Foundation lunch
Again this is a ‘long lunch’ with members and guests retiring to the clubrooms after lunch and members not attending the lunch will be welcome at their clubrooms.

Saturday August 15: All Blacks vs Australia Bledisloe Cup test
Eden Park is sold out so it will be a big day to end the week. The clubrooms will be open from about 4pm but this is one night of the year where we have to watch that the numbers in the clubrooms don’t exceed our licence, so members are very welcome before and after the game but please limit the number of guests you bring in. You will also need to have guest passes to get past Eden Park security on the ground floor at entrance C on Walters Road.

Saturday August 29: NZ Barbarians Area Schools vs Waikato Harlequins U18 at Waikato Stadium
The Barbarians squad for this annual game has been announced so click on Campbell Burnes’ article from the NZ Herald’s online archive. The article takes a few seconds to load but the team with their schools is listed so check whether your school appears – for those of us who went to the lesser-known schools. I’ll send more info on this game once we get the test out of the way.

July 10, 2015

NZ Barbarians v Maori All Blacks

The New Zealand Barbarians have named a strong squad to face the Maori All Blacks at Eden Park on Saturday, July 18.

The clash will be the first between the two teams since the 2010 Maori Centenary Series, when the Maori All Blacks defeated the Barbarians 37-31 in an entertaining affair in Whangarei.

The Barbarians side contains George Moala and Tom Taylor, who were both in Samoa with the All Blacks, while All Blacks squad member Cory Jane makes his long-awaited comeback from injury.

Other features of the squad are the selection of seven players who were involved in last week’s Super Rugby final, along with former All Blacks James Parsons, Luke Whitelock and Dominic Bird, and two out of the World Rugby Under 20 championship New Zealand team – Auckland loose forward Blake Gibson and Taranaki halfback Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi.

Mitchell Graham (Taranaki)
Reg Goodes (Wellington)
Ofa Tu’ungafasi (Auckland)
Ben Tameifuna (Waikato)
Liam Coltman (Otago)
James Parsons (North Harbour)
Alex Ainley (Tasman)
Joseph Wheeler (Tasman)
Dominic Bird (Canterbury)
Brad Shields (Wellington)
Blake Gibson (Auckland)
Luke Whitelock (Canterbury)
Jordan Taufua (Counties)
Mitchell Drummond (Canterbury)
Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi (Taranaki)
Andrew Horrell (Hawke's Bay)
Ihaia West (Hawke's Bay)
George Moala (Auckland)
Seta Tamanivalu (Taranaki)
Patrick Osborne (Canterbury)
Cory Jane (Wellington)
Richard Buckman (Hawke's Bay)
Tom Taylor (Canterbury)

Injury to Hurricanes loose forward Ardie Savea prevented his selection. The Barbarians will be coached by Highlanders assistant coach Scott McLeod, along with Hawke’s Bay’s Craig Philpott and Auckland’s Paul Feeney, who is a Barbarian.

“There’s a lot of new, emerging and exciting talent, and some who are currently in the All Blacks environment. Both Blake and Te Toiroa had outstanding campaigns for the New Zealand Under 20. It’s Barbarian tradition to have a young guy involved and we felt comfortable with these guys coming in for the two available slots,” said McLeod.The Barbarians assemble as a full squad in Auckland on Tuesday and have planned a visit to the impressive Barbarians clubrooms at Eden Park to gain a feel for the club and the famous scarlet jersey which they will wear.

“We want the players to understand who they are representing and why, so they will check out the photos and memorabilia on the walls and talk to the club members. We want them to feel they are playing for something special and for them to own that performance,” McLeod said, adding that the side will adhere to the traditional Barbarians open rugby, but still with the ultimate aim of winning the clash. He is under no illusions as to how tough the Maori All Blacks will be, especially as they will be coming off an international against Fiji, to be played tomorrow in Suva.
The President of the Barbarians club, All Blacks great Bryan ‘Beegee’ Williams, is well versed in the history and traditions of the club, and is eagerly looking forward to the match.

“From the Barbarians’ point of view, it is great to have a fixture at Eden Park. That is where we are based. Both the Maori All Blacks and New Zealand Barbarians are renowned for enterprising rugby. They have always been crowd-pleasing matches, so get along there!” he said.

“One would think it will be a pseudo-All Blacks trial, particularly for some of the hopefuls who want to force their way into the squad. It’s a golden opportunity to show themselves in front of the selectors and the public that they have the wherewithal to make the team.”

The Barbarians were once a regular feature in first-class fixtures at Eden Park, but their last big match was in 1985, losing 31-10 to Auckland. The Maori have not played on Eden Park since a 22-9 loss to the great Auckland side of 1990. A 1981 Maori Invitation XV did draw 20-all with the Barbarians at Eden Park.

In 2014 the Barbarians played non-first class matches against the Blues and Highlanders. It is part of the club’s strategic plan to seek more meaningful, high profile games to augment their long-time goal of fostering grassroots and, in particular, schoolboy rugby. They sponsor the annual Top 4 national schools tournament and the New Zealand Area Schools side, along with the NZ Barbarians Schools side, as part of the NZ Schools programme.

Established in 1937, the Barbarians’ club membership is by invitation only. Current All Blacks who are Barbarians are Richie McCaw, Keven Mealamu and Kieran Read.

Kickoff next Saturday night is at 7.35pm. The game will be screened live on SKY Sport.

Tickets for the match are available through Ticketmaster. Adults $30, children $10.
OR Barbarian members can email or phone or phone 09-815-4823

Fantastic support from Barfoot & Thompson:
Members should be aware of the continued support being given to the Barbarians by Peter Thompson from Barfoot & Thompson. The club will need to front about $8000 to outfit the side against the Maori and these costs have been covered by support from Barfoot & Thompson. Many thanks to Thommo:

Other tidbits about the game:
This match is part of the SANZAR broadcast agreement, so the rights are automatically with the broadcast partner in each territory, regardless of whether they choose to take the match.

So far we have had confirmation from the following:
Fox Sports
J Sports

Could be a lot of people watching the game from around the world – I just hope that we get plenty turning up to watch the game live.

Upcoming events at the club:
Saturday July 18 – NZ Barbarians vs NZ Maori
Saturday July 25 – Auckland club finals
Tuesday August11 – launch of Ron Palenski's book, Rugby: A New Zealand History
Thursday August 13 – University Rugby Club luncheon ‘after-match’
Friday August 14 – NZ Rugby Foundation luncheon ‘after-match’
Saturday August 15 – All Blacks vs Australia
Sunday August 16 – Deano, Trina and Mereana to have a rest!

RIP Charlie Bancroft and Peter Wahlstrom
Our condolences to the families of Charlie Bancroft and Peter Wahlstrom. I’m sorry to advise that Charlie Bancroft passed away on July 3. He was a respected player and coach at the Takapuna club in the 1960s and also served on the committee of the Barbarians where I understand he ran a very efficient bar in ‘The House that Jack built’ in Cricket Ave.
Yesterday Glen Wahlstrom advised that his father Peter had died after being unwell for some time. Funeral arrangements are unknown at this stage but our condolences to Carol and family.

June 18, 2015

NZ Barbarians vs Maori All Blacks
With All Blacks and Maori All Blacks squads about to be announced, our attention will be diverted to the international stage and it won’t be long before the Maori vs NZ Barbarians game at Eden Park on Saturday July 18 will be centre stage.
NZ Rugby is in charge of selecting the teams for this match and we won’t know the make-up of the NZ Barbarians team until early July, although we understand that All Blacks outside of the playing squad plus All Blacks returning from injury could be included so it will be a serious game of rugby featuring many of the top echelon of players. Details of how to get tickets and concessional ticket pricing for members will be circulated as soon as they are available.

RIP Dave Dalgleish
It is sad to record the passing of our Barbarian colleague Dave Dalgleish.
Dave epitomised all that is great about people who are completely committed to  grassroots rugby. He gave a lifetime of service to the Teachers Rugby Club, then to Teachers-Eastern Rugby Club and finally to the Grammar-Teachers-Eastern-Carlton Rugby Club aka G-TEC.  He advocated strongly for all of these clubs at all levels of rugby and on the local body political scene with many of the developments at the Orakei Domain, home of G-TEC,  testimony to his dogged determination to do the best for his club. I’m sure he and his great mate Eric Boggs will have much to talk about.
Dave’s funeral was held at Eden Park on Wednesday June 17.

June 2, 2015

Scott McLeod, assisted by Paul Feeney and Craig Philpott, will coach the New Zealand Barbarians in their July 18 Eden Park fixture against the Maori All Blacks.

McLeod, the former All Blacks midfielder, is currently assistant coach of the in-form Highlanders, while Feeney, a member of the Barbarians club, is Auckland’s ITM Cup coach. Philpott is at the helm of the Hawke’s Bay Magpies. The Barbarians manager will be former Crusaders flanker and current franchise team manager Angus Gardiner.

This will be the first clash between the Barbarians and the Maori since the 2010 centenary series, where the Maori won 37-31 in an entertaining clash at Whangarei's Toll Stadium.

May 25, 2015

House Happenings

Report from the House Manager:

1. Varsity club night, Friday May 22

As always, the Varsity crew never let the opportunity to party slip them by.

At about 4.30pm, the President of the NZRU Ian MacRae and another Hawke’s Bay All Black, Blair Furlong, popped in for a very quick drink before dinner. A few drinks later the Varsity boys began to collect. A few more drinks later the Varsity band struck up. Ian and Blair decided to delay their departure a little longer. Dave Harrop was on fiddle and Bob Burnes on guitar. ‘Beegee’ Williams was unable to make it but his place was taken very ably by Mark Eklund, the father of the Varsity skipper, Kurt Eklund. Ian and Blair abandoned all their evening plans. They were the last two to leave.

Good to have all the usual Varsity figures, including Rob Fisher and Helen. Speeches were made between songs. Neil Cullimore made a very good speech marking the presence of Ian and Blair and a very particular mention of the presence of Mike Cormack’s wife Ruth. I had taken Ruth through into the Mike Cormack suite and showed her Mike’s portrait. She was very moved. She had no idea it was there.

Rob Fisher responded on behalf of Varsity and then Ian spoke, saying how the good old days of rugby and song had been lost. But to find it alive and well at a Varsity function at the Baabaas’ clubrooms warmed the cockles of his heart. I feel a fine report on the NZ Barbarians will go back to Wellington.

2. NZ professional players meet at the clubrooms, Saturday May 23

What an exceptional couple of days for the club.

Despite the dreadful conditions, the club house was full and buzzing. In fact, because of the dreadful weather a great number decided to remain in the bar and watch it on TV, adding substantially to our bar takings. We had made space for the NZ Rugby Players’ Association gathering. They all had tickets for the match but most decided to stay in the bar. They were led by their secretary Tim Weston, and included many well-known players. I have encouraged them to come each year and we had much positive feedback in that regard from their group last night. A special mention to Mereana Wynyard and Trina Seits for feeding 25 of them all at once as well as looking after our own members and guests. The Irish stew made it back onto the menu and, on a cold wet night, was well received.

Dylan Mika had his own group who also contributed in a big way to the takings – big people with big thirsts. Dylan was graciously happy to move from his possie at the bar to make room for the NZRPA. In his group was DJ Forbes, an unbelievably humble gentleman.
Good to have Tom Johnson with us as well, accompanied again by the same two gentlemen from Hawke’s Bay, Blair Furlong and Ian MacRae, who feel very strongly that they have found the perfect watering hole.

Fun Days

Auckland Fun Day, Sunday May 17

Another outstanding effort  by Ron Williams in getting 40 schools and about 800 kids and parents organised, with considerable assistance from Jarrod Syman (Auckland Rugby regional development co-ordinator – primary schools). We had about 50 Barbarian members on hand to help getting the kids to their games, then to their photo (thanks once again to photographer Matt Klitscer) then to the Milo truck (a big thank you to Nestle NZ), then to the BBQ (thanks to Colin Davis at Onsite Catering and what superbly cooked sausages they were, with a special mention to Meimei Peters), then to the prizegiving (every team received a gear bag and football thanks to Canterbury NZ). Although there was no competition, there was a prize for the best dressed mother (might have been grandmother).

We had a couple of injuries. Nothing major, so our docs/physios Graham PatersonMalcolm Hood and Grant Coe had a bit of work to do. Fantastic having such an experienced medical team on hand. 

Almost a complete Blues squad,  led by Keven Mealamu, turned out (including the injured Jerome Kaino and Steven Luatua) and great to see the guys supporting this event. The kids just love getting autographs and getting their photos taken with the Blues team members.

Peter Thompson (Barfoot & Thompson) once again stepped up as the major sponsor, so thanks Pete and well done Fiona on spending the morning at Ngataringa Bay.

Bay of Plenty Fun Day, Wednesday June 17

We are looking for a good turnout of members for the BOP Fun Day being held on Wednesday June 17 at Paengaroa Domain, Eastern Bay of Plenty.
If you would like to attend and require accommodation you should contact Ron Williams on 021-908-610 by Wednesday June 3. Once Ron has a list of names requiring accommodation for the night, he needs to let Ray Reardon know and he will make arrangements.

Golf vs the Eagles

We have once again been invited to put a team together to play the Eagles. A date has tentatively been set for Sunday June 14 at Muriwai GC. We need to confirm whether we have a team or not by Friday May 29, so if you are available on June 14 can you send back a reply email and if we get sufficient replies to put a team together a confirmation email will be sent on Tuesday June 2.

Friday Nights

Following are the Friday nights for May/June:
May 29  – clubroom not open due to private function
June  5 – Marist club night (tentative) Garry Walters to confirm
June 19 – Ponsonby club night

If you would like your club included, just give Dean Paddy a call on 0274-405-952 to arrange a date.

Upcoming Events

1. Major games at Eden Park are:
Saturday June 6 @ 7:35 – Blues vs Crusaders
Friday June 12 @ 7:35 – Blues vs Highlanders
Saturday July 18 @ 7.35 – NZ Barbarians vs NZ Maori
Saturday August 15 @ 7.35 – All Blacks vs Wallabies 7

2. Friday June 12 – Webb Ellis luncheon at Eden Park
Please let Jenna McCarthny: or 09-815-4833 know if you will be attending. Tickets cost $100 including GST.

3. Wednesday June 17 – Bay of Plenty Schools Fun Day

From the wards:

Sir ‘DJ’ Graham spent seven days in hospital recently but he couldn’t stand the place and I’m delighted to report that  he was seen on the sideline at Colin Maiden Park last Saturday.

Young Dave Dalgleish had a fall at Williams Park 10 days ago and broke his femur. His wife Verleen tells me that he is making slow progress but still in the orthopaedic ward at Middlemore, so get well Dave. The Grammar TEC (Dave was part of the T in TEC) club needs you back now that they have made the top eight round of Auckland premier club rugby.

May 15, 2015

Below is the link to Campbell Burnes' story in on the NZ Barbarians' looming July fixture against the Maori All Blacks at Eden Park.

May 12, 2015

May 3 bowls report

The Baabaas had a very successful day on May 3 at the Mangere Bridge Bowls Club.

Peter Tubberty did well to get about 20 bowlers along. This task is like herding cats. So well done, Peter, for managing to get so many members. Getting under way proved equally difficult as the teams were drawn, redrawn, and redrawn again for a third time. It reminded me of Varsity organisation – planning is very fluid but you always end up having a good time. After a predicted 9am start we finally got under way at 10.30am.

The first prize was for a bottle of wine for who could get closest to a rugby ball. Aidy Clarke was not going to let that prize pass him by. He pulled out the shot of the day, coming to rest on the rugby ball.

The hot sun in the middle of the day took its toll. The elderly became older. Old joints that had lain dormant for some time became aroused. Bodies slowly broke down, followed closely by the dissolution of our brain tissue. The power to concentrate deserted us. Wrong bias became an endemic problem. Cheeky halfbacks, like Rod Doidge and Mark Moore, who always have something to say, fell silent. By 3pm there were many cripples. Keith Nelson was the only sensible one, bringing a stick. We all eyed it enviously. 

Afterwards, as we all sat down for a beer, the relief was palpable. Bryan Williams made a good speech in recognition of the Mangere Bridge Bowling Club for providing their facilities, Barry ‘Bear’ Thomas for all his help and Noeline Walsh and her brother Rex for putting on the most wonderful meal.

Now, most importantly, the result. The team of Aidy Clarke (skip), Dean Paddy and Graeme Garrett won the day. Amazingly, it was Graeme’s first game of bowls.

Friday nights

Following are the Friday nights for May/June:
May 15: Blues vs Bulls at 7:35pm
May 22: University club night
May 29: private function
June  5: Marist (tentative) Garry Walters to confirm
June 19: Ponsonby night

If you would like your club included, just give Dean Paddy a call on 0274-405-952 to arrange a date.

Upcoming events

1. The remaining Blues games at Eden Park are:
Friday May 15 @ 7:35 – vs Bulls
Saturday May 23 @ 7:35 – vs Hurricanes
Saturday June 6 @ 7:35 – vs Crusaders
Friday June 12 @ 7:35 – vs Highlanders

2. Auckland Primary Schools Fun Day
This is being held at the Devonport Naval Base at Ngataringa Bay this coming Sunday May 17. Ron Williams has organised everything, but we now need as many members as possible to turn up on the day and watch the games.

3. Friday June 12
Webb Ellis luncheon at Eden Park.  One for your diaries.

4. Wednesday June 17 Bay of Plenty Schools Fun Day
Further details in future newsletters.

5. A chance to see both sides of Parliament working in unison!

Waitemata Rugby Club is hosting the New Zealand Parliamentary XV and have invited our club members along to the game and the charitable auction.

The game is on this Saturday May 16. They are playing our combined President’s teams, the Winos and Buffalos. The game is kicking off at 1pm as the curtainraiser to the premiers playing Papatoetoe, and the after-match will be from 3.30pm onwards.

There is also a charitable auction which is for the Bethells and Piha North lifesaving clubs. This auction will be at 5-5.30pm in the clubhouse. If you are able to help with any donations towards the auction, can you please email: at this office.

There are over 20 members of Parliament from all parties due to participate in the game. I would assume there will also be non-playing members of Parliament watching.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me.


Mark Mallabar
Chairman, Waitemata Rugby Football Club
Mobile: 021-627-321

Coaching clinic huge success

March 5, 2015

New Zealand Barbarians club interactive coaching clinic

March 1, 2015

Auckland coach and Barbarian member
Paul Feeney in full flight at the coaching clinic.

By Terry Horne
Grammar TEC Rugby Club at Cornwall Park was the generous host for the New Zealand Barbarians Rugby Club's 2015 interactive coaching clinic.
Over 250 participants and spectators from the provinces of Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Counties Manukau, North Harbour, Northland and Auckland were in attendance on a very hot and dry day, for what was to be an extremely successful, relevant and sought-after professional coaching clinic.
The coaches in attendance came from the premier and reserve grade competitions with a few interspersed from the Under 21 grade and secondary school First XVs.
First XV players from Howick and Rosmini colleges provided the players for the coaching and instructive sessions.
The guest coaching panel included Barbarians Sir Graham Henry, Paul Feeney and Japan- based Scott Pierce, along with All Blacks scrum coach Mike Cron, and North Harbour ITM Cup coach Steve Jackson.
There was a distinctive and abundant support from the Barbarian club members and its committee who provided support not only in the organisation but also with the barbeque and associated entertainment.
The Barbarian club captain Mark Moore welcomed all the visitors and set the tone for the full day. His contribution was enhanced by the conclusion ceremony and question and answer session controlled by President Bryan Williams, while under the questioning eye of MC Melodie Robinson.
The theme of the clinic was Interactivity, not only with the 'miked up' guest coaches but also amongst participating coaches. The relationship between 'Efficiency of Movement' and 'Injury Prevention' was also stressed.
Thanks need to be expressed to the coaching panel, especially the second of the keynote presenters, Mike Cron, who flew up from Christchurch for the clinic.
A special thanks to Paul Feeney and our Italian connection Melita Martorana who formed the base of the organising, as well as to Roger and Mark Moore who really made things happen on the day.
Thanks to Brandon Jackson, Darryl Menzies and the team from Grammar TEC and finally a big thanks to Dylan Mika whose company generously donated 400 bottles of 'Samoa' spring water.

Terry Horne
BRFC committee member

November 28, 2014

Members' contact details

We need your help. The list of members below is of Barbarians we have lost touch with.
If you are able to, we would be grateful if you would help us to update our records.
We hope you will be able to provide us with an email address or telephone number or postal address. Please.

Mark Anscombe
Mark Birtwistle
Marty Brooke
Brett Penman
Des Connor
Henry Pryor
Walter Little
Bryce Woodward
Taine Randell
Mils Muliaina
Pat Lam
David Henderson
Steve Devine
Robbie Deans
Todd Blackadder
John Boe
Kevin Greene
Justin Marshall
John Mitchell
Rodney So'oialo
DJ Stevenson (Hawke's Bay)
Michael Speight
BJ Mackie
Tana Umaga
Laurie Mains

Death of Peter Henderson

We regret to advise that Peter Henderson has died.
Peter was an All Black in 1949 and 1950 and a long-time and proud member of the NZ Barbarians RFC. His funeral will be held on Wednesday December 3 at Olive Tree Cottage, 247 Joyce Rd, Tauranga.
The Barbarians' management committee and members offer their sincere condolences to Peter's family at this sad time.

Eden Park fixtures 2014-15

We are pleased to provide you with an Eden Park fixture list, covering all fixtures up to August 2015.
Click here to view (PDF file 1.4Mb)

November 25, 2014

Barbarians' annual Christmas party

When: Friday December 5 at 6.00pm
Where: Barbarians clubrooms, Eden Park

This is an evening to look forward to as Glengarrys have once again agreed to conduct a wine- tasting demonstration and sampling.
It is an evening for all club members, wives/partners and wives and partners of members who have died. We look forward to you taking part in the last club function for 2014. We are sure it will be a good one.

NRL Nines

Tickets are still available for the 2015 NRL league 9s tournament to be held at Eden Park. Details are:

When: Saturday January 31 and Sunday February 1
Where: Eden Park

The cost per ticket is $400.00. This price covers both days of the tournament.
Drinks and food are not included in the ticket price but will be available throughout both days from the club bar. Tickets will be sold on a 'first come, first served' basis.
To purchase tickets, please contact the secretary, as follows:
Phone: 09-846-7241

November 17, 2014

Memorial evening for Sir Wilson Whineray and Kevin Skinner

Both Beth Whineray and Laurie Skinner and their families will attend the memorial evening for the late Sir Wilson and Kevin.
We hope that you will be available to attend and join with us to remember two of our famous members. Wives and partners are welcome to join us.
The details are as follows:
When: Friday November 21 at 6.00pm
Where: NZ Barbarians clubrooms at Eden Park

Annual General Meeting

When: Tuesday November 25 at 6.00pm
Where: Barbarians RFC clubrooms, at Eden Park

Barbarians' Christmas celebration

The annual NZ Barbarians Christmas celebration will be held in the clubrooms on Friday December 5 at 6.00pm.
Glengarry's, once again, have agreed to provide their wine expert to conduct a wine-tasting demonstration and sampling. Wives, partners and widowed members of the club will be welcomed, to what, we hope, will be another enjoyable evening to end the year.
We look forward to seeing you on the December 5.

November 6, 2014

John Drake Memorial Golf Day

This annual John Drake Memorial Golf tournament will be held, once again, at the very friendly Hauraki Golf Club.
Get a four together or come on your own but let us know as soon as possible that you are coming to play.
The details are as follows:
When: Thursday November 13 - assemble 9.30am, tee-off time 10.00am
Where: Hauraki Golf Club - Corner of State Highways 2 and 27, Mangatarata
Phone: 07-867-3197
Fee: $20

Please let Ray Reardon, Mark Moore or John Cresswell know that you are coming to play. Contact details are:

Ray Reardon: Email:, Phone: 07-574-8927

Mark Moore: Email:, Phone: 027-275-2155

John Cresswell: Email:, Phone: 09-846-7241

Memorial evening - Friday November 21 at 6.00pm

A memorial evening for Sir Wilson Whineray and Kevin Skinner will be held in the clubrooms on Friday November 21 at 6.00pm.
All members and partners are welcome to join us, together with Beth Whineray and Laurie Skinner and their families, to celebrate the lives of two famous All Blacks and NZ Barbarians members.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the club will be held in the clubrooms on Tuesday November 25 at 6.00pm.
The AGM notice and agenda will be emailed and also included with the next club newsletter.
We will look forward to seeing you at the AGM.

Christmas celebration

The annual NZ Barbarians Christmas celebration will be held in the clubrooms on Friday December 5 at 6.00pm.
Once again we will provide a wine tasting presentation and we hope you will take the opportunity to join with your partner to enjoy the celebration of Christmas.
As well as wives and partners being welcome, we would also like to take the opportunity to include widowed members of the club.
If you have kept in contact with Barbarians RFC widows, please invite them to join us.

Rugby League 9s tournament

The 2015 NRL 9s tournament will be held at Eden Park on the January 31 and February 1.
Barbarians' RFC box seats are available for both days. The cost of the tickets are $400.00 each. This cost covers both days. Food and drinks are not included in the ticket price.
Tickets will be sold on a 'first come, first served basis.'
Please contact the secretary, email or phone 09-846-7241

Barbarians RFC boxes at Eden Park

Tickets for the Barbarians' club boxes for the 2015 rugby season will be available for allocation by ballot soon.
The rugby season includes all Super Rugby, test matches and ITM Cup games. Soccer, cricket, league and other events are charged for separately.
Ticket prices will be approximately $1100.00 each but Eden Park Trust has not yet confirmed the price for 2015. We will advise the price as soon as we are told by EPT.
If you are interested in entering the ballot for tickets for the full rugby season, please contact the secretary as follows:
Phone: 09-846-7241

October 22, 2014

Club night: Friday October 24

Please note that the club will not be open for a 'club night' on Friday October 24 (Labour weekend).

Memorial evening for Sir Wilson Whineray and Kevin Skinner

We are pleased to advise that a memorial evening will be held in the clubrooms for the late Sir Wilson Whineray and Kevin Skinner. Wives and partners are also invited and welcome to attend.

The date and time for the evening is:
Date: Friday November 21
Time: 6.00pm
Where: Barbarians clubrooms

Fuel card discount scheme

The fuel card discount scheme was launched in June and a number of members have taken advantage of the scheme.
The scheme is a means by which our members can get a reduced price for petrol and the club benefits by recovering a small portion of the discount which is passed back to the club.
A further copy of the application form is attached and we encourage you to support this scheme.
Click here to download the application form (PDF file)

John Drake Memorial Golf Day

Where: Hauraki Golf Club (corner SH 2 and SH 27, Mangatarata)
Phone: 07-867-3197
When: Thursday November 13 - tee-off at 9.30am
Fee: $20

Get a team together or come on your own and enjoy a day of golf at Hauraki Golf Club playing in the John Drake Memorial Golf Day.
Please let Ray Reardon, Mark Moore or the secretary know of your interest in playing:

Ray Reardon
Phone: 07-574-8927


Mark Moore
027 275 2155


John Cresswell

October 16, 2014

NZ Barbarians Schools

We are pleased to advise that the NZ Barbarians Schools team won both their games in the recent international tournament.

The results are as follows:
Friday September 26: Australian Schools 50 Fiji Schools 15
Tuesday September 30: NZ Barbarians Schools 39 Australian Schools 21
New Zealand Schools 58 Fiji Schools 0
Saturday October 4: NZ Barbarians Schools 22 Fiji Schools 16
NZ Schools 34 Australian Schools 24

Barbarians golf day

As you know, the NZ Barbarians Golf Day is being held on behalf of the NZ Rugby Foundation to raise funds to support our seriously injured rugby players.
Entries to date are good and we are pleased to advise that we still have places for more teams, so please get your entries in now (see below) to ensure a place.
Please note that a number of current All Blacks will be present prior to their departure for their northern tour. As well, there will be numerous former All Blacks in the field, so come and join us for a great day of golf and a very worthy cause.

The details again are:
Date: Thursday October 23
Venue: Akarana Golf Club
Time: Registration 11.30am for 12.30pm start
Contact: Marcus Wheelhouse on 021-680-667 or email or
John Cresswell on 846-7241 or email

The field is filling fast. Get your entry in quickly, as per the forms below.

Rugby Foundation Golf Day entry form (PDF file)
Rugby Foundation Golf Day sponsorship form (PDF file)

Annual General Meeting

A copy of the 2014 AGM Agenda is available for your information. Click here to view (PDF file)

Please note in your diary that: the 78th Annual General Meeting of the NZ Barbarians RFC will be held in the Clubrooms on Tuesday November 25 at 6.00pm.

We will look forward to your attendance.

Club sponsors

We are very fortunate to have the support of a number of sponsors who have willingly provided funding to enable us to promote activities, events, tournaments, et cetera for primary schools, secondary schools and games against the Highlander and the Blues during the June Super Rugby hiatus.
We are very grateful to:
Barfoot & Thompson Ltd
Glengarry Wines
Four Winds Foundation Ltd
Infinity Foundation Ltd

September 24, 2014

The New Zealand Barbarians Schools were named this morning for the two international schools matches next week against Australian and Fijian Schools in Porirua.
New Zealand Barbarians club president Bryan Williams, and New Zealand Secondary Schools Rugby Council chairman Garry Chronican made the announcement. The New Zealand Schools side was also chosen.

The NZ Barbarians Schools squad of 23 is:
Antonio Ripata (prop, Auckland Grammar School)
Alex Nankivell (midfielder, Christchurch Boys' High School)
Tui Samuelu (midfielder, Christchurch Boys' High School)
Fin Hoeata (lock, Dilworth School)
Isaia Walker-Leawere (lock, Gisborne Boys' High School)
Jahrome Brown (loose forward, Hamilton Boys' High School)
Mason Kean (prop, Hastings Boys' High School)
Marino Mikaele-Tu'u (loose forward, Hastings Boys' High School)
Tom Hardy (hooker, King's College)
Shelford Murray (wing, King's College)
Caleb Makene (utility back, Napier Boys' High School)
Sione Asi (prop, Otago Boys' High School)
Matt Heffernan (loose forward, Otago Boys' High School)
D'Angelo Leuila (first five, Papatoetoe High School)
Sam Tufuga (prop, Rathkeale College)
Daniel Lee (midfielder, Rosmini College)
Liam Howley (halfback, Southland Boys' High School)
Paripari Parkinson (lock, St Kentigern College)
Jarrod Adams (wing, St Patrick's Silverstream)
Losi Filipo (wing, St Patrick's Silverstream)
Samisoni Taukei'aho (hooker, St Paul's Collegiate)
Lisati Milo-Harris (halfback, St Peter's College)
Brendan Bond (loose forward, Westlake Boys' High School)

New Zealand Barbarians Schools coach Darren Larsen, who assisted with the 2013 side under Dave Dillon, says the standard of talent in his side demonstrated the depth of talent in college rugby.

"There's a great mix of players in the team, from players with the X-factor to hard grafters who get in and get the work done.
"We are looking at a pool of talent that is likely to produce our future Super Rugby players and All Blacks, and that's exciting. We are in for some exciting rugby."

St Kentigern College prop Sean Paranihi was ruled out of selection due to injury.

NZ Schools and NZ Barbarian Schools fixtures:
Tuesday September 30, Porirua Park
NZ Barbarians Schools v Australia 1:10pm
NZ Schools v Fiji 2:50pm

Saturday October 4, Porirua Park
NZ Barbarians Schools v Fiji 1:10pm
NZ Schools v Australia 2:50pm

Sky TV schedule:

Australia v NZBS replay

  • Tuesday September 30, SS1, 10pm
  • Thursday October 2, RC, 3pm

Fiji v NZS replay

  • Tuesday September 30, SS1, 11.45pm
  • Thursday October 2, RC, 4.45pm

Fiji v NZBS replay

  • Saturday October 4, SS1, 11.15pm
  • Thursday October 9, RC, 8am
  • Friday October 10, RC, 2pm

Australia v NZS replay

  • Saturday October 4, SS1, 9.30pm
  • Thursday October 9, RC, 9.45am
  • Friday October 10, RC, 3.45pm

September 17, 2014

NZ Barbarians Golf Day

To financially support the NZ Rugby Foundation, we have arranged a golf day at Akarana Golf Club and hope you will be able to play and to support this worthy rugby cause.
Please get your entry in early and we would be very grateful if you are able to sponsor any of the following:
1) Hole sponsorship @$1200 incl. GST
2) Drinks cart sponsor @ $1200 incl. GST
3) After-match function sponsor @$1200 incl. GST
4) Hole sponsor + celebrity @$1500 incl. GST
5) Main event sponsor $5000 incl. GST

The flyers (below) give you all the information you need, so please get your teams together and register with the secretary as soon as possible. Team entry is $800.
Date - Thursday October 23
Time - Registration 11.30pm for 12.30pm start
Place - Akarana Golf Club

Rugby Foundation Golf Day entry form (PDF file)
Rugby Foundation Golf Day sponsorship form (PDF file)

Please get you entry in early to:
Marcus Wheelhouse - 021-680-667 or email or
John Cresswell - 846-7241 or email

NZ Barbarians Top 4 schools tournament

The NZ Barbarians Top 4 boys' and co-ed schools' rugby tournament was held in Rotorua on Friday September 5 and Sunday the September 7.
The standard of rugby was outstanding and many players of the future would have been a part of what was an excellent tournament.
Campbell Burnes will have a write-up on the tournament on our website in the next two days under the Secondary Schools link.

NZ Schools and NZ Barbarians Schools international programme

The NZ Schools team will play Australian and Fijian Schools and a NZ Barbarians Schools team will also play Australian and Fiji Schools .
The programme and venues are as follows:
Friday September 26 at Levin Domain, Levin: Australian Schools v Fiji Schools @5.00pm
Tuesday September 30 at Porirua Park, Porirua: Australian Schools v NZ Barbarians Schools @ 1.10pm
Fiji Schools v New Zealand Schools @ 2.50pm
Saturday October 4 at Porirua Park, Porirua: Fiji Schools v NZ Barbarians Schools @ 1.10pm
Australian Schools v New Zealand Schools @ 2.50pm
President Bryan (Beegee) Williams and members of the committee will represent the club in Porirua and we hope Hurricane region members of the Baabaas will also take the opportunity to see our NZ Schools team competing against Australian and Fiji Schools teams.
If you are able to go, please let us know (email - and we will make arrangements to meet up with you.

Events for your diary

Saturday September 20 - Auckland v North Harbour, Eden Park, 5.35pm
Thursday October 2 - Auckland v Waikato, Eden Park, 7.35pm
Tuesday November 25 - AGM in the clubrooms
Friday December 5 - Christmas Party in the clubrooms
Every Friday - the clubrooms are open for club nights every Friday night from 4.30pm

September 2, 2014

NZ Barbarians Cup/Shield Top 4 schools tournament

Rotorua Boys' High School - September 5-7

With the completion of the qualifying games last weekend, the finalists to take part in the NZ Schools Rugby Council Top 4 schools tournament for the Barbarians Cup and the co-ed schools championship for the Barbarians Shield, are as follows:

Friday September 5
Boys - NZ Barbarians Cup (National First XV championship) semifinals:
Auckland Grammar School v Scots College (Wellington) - 1.10pm (televised)
Hamilton Boys' High School v Christchurch Boys' High School - 2.55pm Friday (televised)

Co-ed schools - NZ Barbarians Shield (co-ed schools First XV championship) semifinals:
Otahuhu College v Feilding High School - 10.30am
Cambridge High School v St. Kevin's College (Oamaru) - 12.00pm

Sunday September 7
Co-ed schools First XV championship
Playoff for third-fourth - 11.30am
Final - 1.10pm (televised)

National First XV championship
Final - 2.55pm (televised)

All members are welcome to join us at Rotorua Boys' High School on Friday September 5 and Sunday September 7.

Tom Johnson's book launch - Legends in Black

The launch of Tom Johnson's book in the Barbarians clubrooms was a first for the club and was a very enjoyable night for all who attended.
Tom was accompanied by his three sons and a number of All Blacks attended the evening, together with 30-40 members and guests.
Dean Paddy carried out his 'mine host' duties in the excellent way he always does and Bryan Williams was a fine master of ceremonies.
Tom's book is an excellent read, providing a great insight into the history of our game, how important it is to us all and how New Zealand teams, particularly the All Blacks, have developed an outstanding record of success and achievement.
It was great to see the clubrooms used in a new and different way. Thanks Tom.

Middleweight tournament

While there is no formal Barbarians' middleweight tournament this year, North Harbour, Auckland, Waikato and Thames Valley will play for the Barbarians Under 85kg Cup.
Games have been arranged during September with a number of fixture dates yet to be confirmed.
For more information, contact Deano Allnutt at or phone 0274-888- 351

NZ Barbarians Area Schools

The NZ Barbarians Area Schools team came together from the many far-flung and isolated areas of New Zealand during the week of August 24-28.
They spent an intensive few days meeting and getting to know their fellow team members in preparation for their game against the NZ Harlequins, which was a team selected from boys, of a similar age, out of the Chiefs franchise area. The intensive preparation, carried out by coach Bob Telfer, assisted by Justin Marsh and Chase Herbert, was the first such intensive build-up to a game experienced by a number of the boys in the team.
Bryan Williams presented each player with their Barbarians jersey prior to the game and spoke to the team about the Barbarians club, its history, our values, the way we play the game and the importance of never giving up.
Although the game resulted in a heavy 68-0 Barbarians loss, it was very pleasing to see that the boys didn't give up. They tried to the end against what was a very good Harlequins team with a number of players who looked to have very bright futures in the game.
We are very pleased to advise that each Area Schools player was grateful for the opportunity and the experience and, while they lost this encounter, they gained much from their selection to play on a big stage and on a big occasion.
We are very grateful to Mike Smith, Marie Relph and Bob Telfer, particularly, for the tremendous time and effort they have given to the Area Schools programme. Without them, the Area Schools players would have little or no opportunity to play the game or have any of the opportunities most New Zealand children have, to play rugby every week in their own weight and age team.

August 31, 2014

The NZ Barbarians RFC have agreed to support the NZ Rugby Foundation, who, in turn, supports our severely injured rugby players , by sponsoring a Golf tournament.

An Entry form and a Sponsorship form are below for your completion and return.

Rugby Foundation Golf Day entry form (PDF file)
Rugby Foundation Golf Day sponsorship form (PDF file)

The Barbarians are very pleased to be able to support the Foundation and to help them financially, for the marvellous work they do.

First, please assist us by providing sponsorship in any one or more of the categories listed on the Sponsorship form.

Alternatively, get your team together and complete the "Entry Form" and return it by Friday the 10 of October.

If you have any queries, please contact : The Secretary - email - or Phone - 846 7241

August 26, 2014

A memorable week

Congratulations to Dean Paddy and his team of Mereana and Trina, together with support from Deidre Stanley (on Saturday night), for the great work they did on four consecutive days, culminating with the All Blacks v Australia test last Saturday.
Thanks also to Bryan Craies and Kevin Way for their valued support and contribution.
Last week began with a reception for the visiting 1960s Australian Wallabies and their wives on Wednesday night. The 1960s All Blacks and Wallabies had arranged a reunion of players from both teams, starting with an evening in the Baabaas club. The evening was hosted by President Bryan Williams.
On Thursday afternoon, participants from the Varsity luncheon retired to the Baabaas club as per previous years.
On Friday afternoon, similarly, participants from the NZ Rugby Foundation luncheon were invited to conclude their day in the Baabaas lounge.
Then, finally, test day. It began for Dean and his team at 3.00pm and concluded well after midnight.
Apart from the Wallaby reunion group, the numbers in the club were up to the maximum allowed and facilities and services were pushed to the limit. Dean and his team managed the four days extremely well and the pressure just as well.
The club is lucky to have such dedicated people whose interest is 'to do a great job'. Thanks to each of you, on behalf of the club. Also assisting, behind the scenes, but helping to make things run smoothly, are Rebekah and Nev, our cleaners.
The clubrooms needed cleaning after each function and Rebekah and Nev came in late each night to make the rooms ready for each new day's activities. Our thanks to Rebekah and Nev.
We must, though, finish with another 'thank you' to Dean and his team for the great job they did over the four days. The atmosphere and fellowship in the club was marvellous and not only did the four days produce an excellent financial return, they also brought members and guests from all parts of New Zealand together to a great environment and for a marvellous occasion.

Tom Johnson's book launch

A reminder - a launch of Tom Johnson's book Legends in Black is to be held on Thursday in the clubrooms.

The details are:
When - Thursday August 28
Time - 6.00pm
Where - NZ Barbarians clubrooms, Eden Park

We hope you will be able to attend and if you have someone interested in Tom's book, bring a friend.

NZ Barbarians Area Schools

Another reminder - the NZ Barbarians Area Schools team plays the NZ Harlequins at Waikato Stadium on Wednesday.
The details are:
When - Wednesday August 27
Where - Waikato Stadium
When - 5.30pm

Auckland members of the club will be located in the West Stand and we have an invitation to meet in the Harlequins room before and after the game. We look forward to seeing you there.

Top 4 schools tourney in Rotorua

The qualifying rounds are now getting serous with only a couple of rounds to go to identify who will represent their franchise at the NZ Barbarians Top 4 schools boys and co-ed Tournament.
Results from last week have now identified the following games are to be played for schools to move to the next qualifying round.

Boys - Auckland Grammar School v the winner of Westlake BHS/Whangarei BHS on August 26
Co-ed - Otahuhu College v Massey HS/Kaitaia College on August 26
Girls - Southern Cross Campus College
Boys - Rotorua BHS v Hamilton BHS
Co-ed - Manurewa HS v Cambridge HS
Girls - (Hamilton GHS or Manurewa HS) v Opotiki College
Hurricanes: finals in Palmerston North on August 30
Boys - Scots College v Palmerston North BHS
Co-ed - Feilding HS v Tawa College
Girls - Feilding HS v St Catherine's College
South Island:
Boys - Christchurch BHS v Otago BHS in Christchurch
Co-ed - St Kevin's College v Burnside HS in Oamaru
Girls - Southland GHS

August 21, 2014

Book launch: Tom Johnson

In conjunction with several Massey University associates, Tom Johnson has produced a book entitled Legends in Black.
It is based on Tom's thesis on 'organisational culture' and is about 'why the All Blacks win.' Congratulations, Tom. We are all looking forward to reading it.
The book includes Barbarian chapter subjects about a number of Barbarian members - Sir Colin Meads, Sir John Graham, John Hart, 'Buck' Shelford, Laurie Mains, Sir Graham Henry, Dr Farah Palmer, Ian Kirkpatrick and Wayne Smith.
The NZ Barbarians RFC has been asked to assist with a book launch, to help promote the book and we are very pleased and privileged to be able to do so.
Arrangements for the book launch are as follows:
When - Thursday August 28
Time - 6.00pm
Where - NZ Barbarians' clubrooms, Eden Park

We hope you will be able to join us. It will be a very interesting night.

NZ Barbarians Area Schools

The NZ Barbarians Area Schools team programme starts this Saturday August 23, when the team assembles in Hamilton.
A lead-up game against a Thames Valley age-group team has been arranged, and will be played to help prepare the team for their game against NZ Harlequins.
The NZ Barbarians Area Schools team v NZ Harlequins will be played at Waikato Stadium on Wednesday August 27 at 5.30pm, prior to the Waikato v Taranaki ITM Cup game.
President Bryan Williams will present the players with their jerseys prior to the game.
All Barbarians are welcome to attend and to meet with other Barbarians in the Harlequins rooms after the game.
The NZ Barbarians Area Schools team and their home location (to give you an idea of the isolated areas they come from) are:
Tama Korewha: Broadwood Area School, Northland
Gaige Rouse: Onewhero Area School, Counties Manukau
Ravyen Son Betham-Ngapo: Te Wharekura o Manaia, Thames Valley
Pukengia Moanaroa: Te Wharekura o Manaia, Thames Valley
Tyler Relph: Mercury Bay Area School, Thames Valley
Joseph Parr: Mercury Bay Area School, Thames Valley
Jimmy Clark: Whangamata Area School, Thames Valley
Rhys Middleton: Whangamata Area School, Thames Valley
Charles Ngamoko: Te Whanau-a-Apanui Area School, East Coast
Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta: Te Kura Kaupapa Maori-Kawakawa mai Tawhiti, East Coast
Fabyan Kahaki: Ngata Memorial College, East Coast
Jachai Graham: Patea Area School, Taranaki
Kieve Littlejohn: Collingwood Area School, Tasman
Sam Rendel: Amuri Area School, North Canterbury
Matthew Hickey: Amuri Area School, North Canterbury
Keeghan Grey: Amuri Area School, North Canterbury
Barlow Wakefield: Amuri Area School, North Canterbury
Jonathon Nikoliason: Cheviot Area School, North Canterbury
Utoihamanui Enosi Tuipulotu: Akaroa Area School, Canterbury
Josh Brittenden: Akaroa Area School, Canterbury
Will Schmetz: South Westland Area School, West Coast

Manager: Mike Smith - Whitianga, Mercury Bay Area School
Coach: Bob Telfer - North Harbour
Assistant coaches - Justin Marsh and Chase Herbert

We wish the NZ Barbarians' Area Schools team well on August 27 and look forward to them having another good game and a win against the NZ Harlequins.
We welcome any Barbarians to join us in Hamilton on the 27th. If you are going to the game, please let us know via email

Club nights

Northcote RFC - Friday August 29
College Rifles RFC - Friday September 5

All Barbarian members are invited. Come along and enjoy the club and your rugby mates.

ITM Cup games

Auckland v Tasman: Eden Park - Sunday August 31 at 4.35pm
Auckland v Wellington: Eden Park - Saturday September 6 at 2.35pm

Top 4 schools tournament - Rotorua

Once again, the Top 4 boys' and co-ed schools' tournament will take place at Rotorua Boys' High School on Friday September 5 to Sunday September 7.
Qualifying games are being played in the various franchises, so the finalists for the tournament will not be known until a week before the event. We will advise you of the finalists as soon as we know them but, if you are able to, a visit to the tournament in Rotorua would be well worth the trip. If you intend to go, please let us know, as we have a special area for Baabaas where you will be welcome. Please let us know if you will be attending.

August 19, 2014

Kevin Barry

We are very sad to advise the sudden and unexpected death of Kevin Barry.
Kevin had been a member since 1966 and made a huge contribution to the club as a President, committee member and member. He was an All Black and a great person.
His funeral is on Friday August 22 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Takapuna at 11.00am.
More information will be included in Campbell Burnes' November club newsletter.

1960s Wallabies/All Blacks reunion

Dick Marks, Australian captain in the '60s, has organised a reunion with the 1960s All Blacks, to coincide with the forthcoming test against the Wallabies on Saturday.
Along with Dick Marks, Bryan Williams has made all the arrangements for both teams for the 1960s Wallabies visit, which will take place over four days.
Their programme includes the following events:
Wednesday August 20 - meet from 5.30pm in the Barbarians clubrooms at Eden Park. All Barbarian members are invited to join the group if you are available.
Thursday August 21 - reunion dinner, to be held at the Ponsonby Rugby Club.
Friday August 22 - NZ Rugby Foundation lunch at Eden Park
Saturday August 23 - All Blacks v Wallabies at Eden Park - pre-match drinks and meal and celebrations/commiserations after the match.

NZ Rugby Foundation luncheon

As you know, the NZ Rugby Foundation does a remarkable job managing and rehabilitating injured rugby players. Your support for the work the foundation does can be demonstrated by attending their forthcoming luncheon at Eden Park.
To purchase a table or seats at the luncheon, please contact the following:
David Redmond or Justin Ellis at 09-304-0355 or email

Australia v All Blacks test: Saturday August 23 at 7.35pm

If you are coming to the test on Saturday, we hope you will have time to visit the clubrooms, hopefully before and after the game.
All financial members have been issued with members cards and a visitor card and these should be shown to Eden Park security staff to gain entry to the club.
If you need additional visitor cards, please come up to the club to get the extra cards, return to your guests, show security staff the extra cards and bring your visitors up to the club.
Please remember to return your cards before you leave the club at the end of the game.
Enjoy the game and 'Go the All Blacks.'

August 4, 2014

Barbarian members

We are sad to advise that Peter Devlin and Eric Anderson have both died recently.
More information about both members will be published in the next quarterly newsletter, penned by Campbell Burnes.

New Barbarian member appointments

We are pleased to advise that the following new members were announced at the recent and very enjoyable 'new member introduction' evening.

Pita Alatini, John Bell, Alex Bing, Tom Coventry, Stephen Donald, Terry Dunleavy, Fred Graham, Rick Johnston, John Kennedy, Rod Ketels, Lee Lidgard, Sean Lineen, Glen Marsh, David Mayhew, Murray Mexted, Dylan Mika, Scott Pierce, Kevin Putt, David Rennie, Jason Rutledge, Kurt Sherlock, Mike Smith, Greg Somerville, Joeli Vidiri, Brian Wilsher

More information will be published about each new member in Campbell Burnes' next quarterly club newsletter.


The following club events have been arranged at the club or elsewhere and we hope you are able to take part in them.

Friday August 8 - Club night: North Shore RFC and Pasadena School group
Friday August 15 - Club night: Takapuna RFC
Friday August 22 - Rugby Foundation lunch at Eden Park
Wednesday August 27 - NZ Barbarians Area Schools v Harlequins at Waikato Stadium
Thursday August 28 - Book launch: Tom Johnson's Legends in Black
Friday August 29 - Club night: Northcote RFC
Sunday August 31 - ITM Cup: Auckland v Tasman at Eden Park, 4.35pm
Friday September 5 - Club night: College Rifles RFC
Friday September 5-Sunday September 7 - NZ Barbarians Top 4 Schools and co-ed tournament at Rotorua BHS
Saturday September 6 - ITM Cup: Auckland v Wellington at Eden Park, 2.35pm
Saturday September 20 - ITM Cup: Auckland v North Harbour at Eden Park, 5.35pm
Tuesday September 29 - NZ Barbarian Schools v Australian Schools at Porirua Park
Saturday October 4 - NZ Barbarians Schools v Fiji Schools at Porirua Park
Saturday October 11 - ITM Cup: Auckland v Northland at Eden Park, 7.35pm

Please note that all club nights are Baabaa club nights and each evening has been arranged for all club members to come to the club and join in and meet with members and visitors from the designated club invited each time.
As President Bryan Williams said at the 'new member introduction' evening: "The clubrooms are your clubrooms. Come to the club and use them as often as you can."

July 17, 2014

Forthcoming events

July 18: Marist club night. The club will be open from 4.30pm

July 25: Ponsonby club night from 4.30pm

July 30: New members' introduction evening from 6.00pm

August 1: Onewhero and Maramarua club night from 4.30pm

Phoenix game at Eden Park

As there was no interest from members for the Phoenix game on July 23 at Eden Park, the Barbarians' clubrooms will not be open on that night.

Barbarians' RFC dress code

As a reminder and the need to continue to maintain the Barbarians' RFC high standards of behaviour and dress, we would like to remind you of the club's dress code.
Dress code:
Jacket and tie or smart casual clothing to be worn in the club.
No cut-away jeans, T-shirts or jandals.
If a member brings a friend or visitor to the club, please ensure they are aware of the dress code and dress appropriately, as above.

July 10, 2014

New members' introduction night

Please note a change of date. The new members' introduction night has been changed and is now set for Wednesday July 30 at 6.00pm.
Our apologies for the change but we received notice, late, that the Phoenix v West Ham United teams are playing at Eden Park on July 23.
All members are invited to the new members' introduction evening on the July 30 (Wednesday) at 6.00pm.

Phoenix v West Ham United

The club boxes are available for the Phoenix v West Ham United game at Eden Park on Wednesday July 23.
Tickets are available at a cost of $110.00 each and, as previously, we need to be able to fill at least one of the boxes before we will proceed to open the club.
If you would like tickets or to get a group together, please contact the secretary at:
Email -
Phone - 846-7241

Other events

Club nights:
Marist: July 18
Ponsonby: July 25
Onewhero, Maramarua, Ardmore Marist: August 1
North Shore: August 8
Takapuna: August 15
Northcote: August 29
College Rifles: September 5
Bombay, Pukekohe: September 12

All Blacks v Australia - August 23
NZ Barbarians Area Schools v Harlequins - August 27, Hamilton
NZ Schools Top 4 boys and co-ed schools - September 5-7, Rotorua
NZ Barbarians and NZ Schools international quadrangular - September 26-October 4, Porirua
Annual General Meeting - Tuesday November 25
Baabaas Christmas party - Friday December 5

July 6, 2014

Club nights

The following club nights have been arranged by our house manager Dean Paddy and we hope you enjoy attending them. If your club is involved, please get a group of your old friends together and come and enjoy a night in the club at Eden Park. Club nights start from 4.30pm each Friday.

July 18 - Marist
July 25 - Ponsonby
August 1 - Onewhero, Maramarua, Ardmore-Marist
August 8 - North Shore
August 15 - Takapuna
August 29 - Northcote
September 5 - College Rifles

Annual subscriptions

We have had an excellent response to the request for payment of club annual subscriptions. Even though it's getting very late in the year to be paying your annual sub, it's still not too late.
If you are reading this newsletter and haven't paid your sub, please do so straight away. The club account number is - 02 0400 0009813 000 or send a cheque to; P.O. Box 26418, Epsom, Auckland 1023.
We have received three payments through the bank but unfortunately, there was no identifying information given to identify the payer.
If you have paid your sub and haven't received your membership cards, please ring or email the secretary (846-7241 or sec and advise when you paid and which bank you paid your sub to.

New club blazer purchase arrangements

After 35+ years, Cambridge Clothing have advised that it will no longer be able to manufacture our club blazers as it is closing its NZ manufacturing operation and outsourcing the garments through China.
Obviously, we are very disappointed as the relationship with Keven Whittam at Cambridge has been outstanding and, similarly, he is very disappointed too.
A new arrangement, therefore, has been made with a new tailor and company.
The new company is Payne Tailors, who are located in Karangahape Road, Auckland and the same purchase arrangements apply, as per the Cambridge Clothing Company arrangements. That is, if you would like to purchase a club blazer, please contact the secretary,
Phone: 09-846-7241 or
The secretary will then give you the full purchase details and advise Payne Tailors that you will be calling to be measured, et cetera for a new Barbarians blazer.

Book launch

In conjunction with several Massey University friends, Tom Johnson has produced a book called Legends in Black which is based on his PhD thesis - on 'Organisational culture and 'Why the All Blacks win'.
The book will go on sale late in July and Tom has asked to launch the book in the Baabaas club at a time to be agreed.
We will keep you informed and will look forward to the release of Tom's new book. Well done, Tom.

New members' introduction night

Please note Wednesday July 23 at 6.30pm in the clubrooms.
Twenty-six new members have been selected as members of the club and their introduction to the club, together with the presentation of a club tie, will be made on July 23.
All club members are invited to the club to meet the new members and to help introduce them to the club.

Barbarians v Blues and Highlanders

Barbarians' RFC teams played two games in June at the request of the Blues and Highlanders coaches, who asked for competitive teams to play practice games during their break while the All Black v England series was played.
Both of these games were an outstanding success and both achieved the objectives that each of the coaches asked for.
In the Northland game, played in Whangarei, the Baabaas led 14-0 after 20 minutes and after scoring what President Bryan Williams described as one of the best tries he has seen.
Although the Blues ran out 48-21 winners, they had to work hard for their win.
In Invercargill, the Southland Times headline says it all - 'Highlanders made to work hard for win over Barbarians'. We think that the workout the Baabaas gave the Highlanders, was the wake-up call they needed to beat the Chiefs on June 27.

Club visitor passes

Visitor pass No 4, issued at the Junior World Championship finals on June 20, is missing and hasn't been returned to the office. If you have visitor pass No 4 or know who has it, please return it when you are in the club next.

June 18, 2014

Junior World Championship

There are still a number of Baabaa box seats available for this Friday night's Junior World Championship finals.
Although New Zealand is not in the final, they are playing the third-fourth playoff and the standard of rugby from all teams is worth seeing and worth the money.
Tickets are $65.00 each and should be purchased via the secretary: or ring 846-7241.

All Blacks-Australia test tickets

If you would like to apply early for All Blacks v Australia test tickets, as a special benefit, we have been given the chance to secure seats now by using the following website: Enter: EPMEMBER

New members' night

New members appointed to the club for the 2014 year will be introduced to the club at a special 'introductory night' on Wednesday July 23 at 6.30pm. All members are welcome.
Come along and meet and welcome this year's new members into the club.

Baabaas v Blues

The game in Whangarei last Friday between the Barbarians selection and the Blues resulted in a 48-21 victory to the Blues.
Nevertheless, the Barbarians team went out to a 14-0 lead with two excellent tries and although they scored another good try, eventually succumbed to the Blues.

Fuel card discount scheme

All members will have received the information and application forms for the FnF Fuel card discount scheme introduced to assist you with a discount on your petrol and to assist the club with respect of additional income from petrol sales.
We hope you will get behind this scheme, if you haven't already done so.

June 12, 2014

NZ Barbarians v Blues

A Barbarians selection, made up of Northland ITM players and Blues development squad members, will play the Blues at Whangarei's Toll Stadium on Friday June 13.
The game will start at 6.30pm and all Baabaas are welcome to attend to support the Barbarian team.

Bay of Plenty Primary Schools Fun Day

As previously advised, the Bay of Plenty Primary Schools Fun Day will be held at Paengaroa, Bay of Plenty, on Wednesday June 18, commencing at 8.30am.
A team of Baabaas will be travelling from Auckland and Counties Manukau to join our Bay of Plenty Barbarian members and the Chiefs squad will attend for the majority of the morning.
If you would like to attend and to offer your help for the day, please contact the following:
If you are based in the Bay of Plenty, please contact Ray Reardon at 07-574 -8927 or
If you are not in the Bay, please contact the Baabaas secretary at 021-703 -904 or

Junior World Championship finals day

As per the previous newsletter, the finals of the U20s Junior World Championship will be played at Eden Park on Friday June 20.
Seats are available in the Barbarians boxes for the three finals games, which start at 2.35pm.
Tickets are $65.00 per seat and there are still seats available.
Come along to Eden Park and buy a seat, with the best view in the ground, for $65.00.
Please contact the secretary as follows:
Phone: 846-7241

Barbarians v Highlanders

We are hoping that there will be some coverage of the Baabaas v Highlanders game in Invercargill on Friday June 20.
If there is coverage it is likely to be on local 'free to air TV' sport but unfortunately we aren't able to give you any set viewing times. If we are advised of coverage times, we will let you know.


After the last newsletter, we had a very pleasing response to our request for under 70-year-old members to pay their outstanding subs. Fantastic. Thanks for the response.
Now, three further payments are not able to be identified as there has been no identifying information with the payments. Again, if you have paid your sub and haven't yet received your membership and visitor cards, please contact the secretary to identify your payment.
Contact details are:
Phone: 09-846-7241

June 3, 2014

Ngataringa Bay Primary Schools Fun Day

Congratulations to Ron Williams and his team of helpers and supporters.
The North Harbour, Auckland and Counties Primary Schools Rugby Fun Day was another outstanding success, not only for the smooth running of the day but also for the great turnout of so many Barbarian club members.
We must also thank the Blues management for their support of the day. Having the players from the Blues franchise present was a real bonus for the primary school students and I hope the Blues enjoyed the day.
Thanks once again to Peter Thompson and Barfoot & Thompson for their generous support. It is very much appreciated.

Bay of Plenty Primary Schools Fun Day

The forthcoming BoP Primary Schools Rugby Fun Day is on Wednesday June 18 at Paengaroa, commencing at 8.30am.
At this stage we have about 20 Barbarian members attending and up to 30 of the Chiefs squad will be there. Come and join us.
Paengaroa is south of Te Puke. If you aren't sure where to find us, google 'Paengaroa' and you will see the rugby grounds which are the biggest part of Paengaroa.

All Blacks v England

This weekend will be a big one for Dean Paddy and his outstanding team and he has made all the necessary preparations to make it a good one.
We will look forward to welcoming you into the clubrooms if you are going to the game.
Please ensure that you have your membership and visitor cards if you want to come into the club before and/or after the game. Tickets in the stand will also allow you, as a member, to get into the club.
If you are bringing visitors to the club, please come into the club first, contact one of the custodians (Mark Moore, John Mills, Mike Mills or Terry Horne) and obtain visitor passes from one of the duty custodians.
All visitors must be accompanied by a member. And please remember to return any visitor passes you may have received to the custodians by the end of the evening.

IRB Junior World Championship

The finals of the Junior World Championship will be played at Eden Park on Friday June 20.
The Barbarians club will be open for the finals and there will be three games to watch.
The games will be played at the following times:
2.35 pm: playoff for 5th
5.05pm: playoff for third
7.35 pm: final

Tickets in the club boxes are available from the secretary for the three games on June 20.
The price of the tickets are $65.00 each.

Please contact the secretary at:
Phone: 846-7241

Tickets will be sold on a 'first come, first served basis'.

Membership fees

Sorry to keep raising this issue but there are still 65 members under the age of 70 who haven't paid their sub. We need you support to manage the administration of the club.
The real reason for adding 'Membership fees' to this newsletter, though, is to try and identify two subscription payments that have been made to the BNZ. Unfortunately, we can't identify who made the payment.
We do have the date the subscription was paid, so if you have paid your sub and haven't received your membership cards yet, please contact the secretary - or 846- 7241 and we will arrange for your membership cards to be delivered.

Barbarians teams on tour

A Barbarians side, made up mainly of Northland and Blues development players, will play the Blues in Whangarei on Friday the June 13 at Toll Stadium, Whangarei.
Similarly a Barbarians team comprising Highlanders and Crusaders squad members plus other invited players will play the Highlanders in Invercargill on Friday the June 20.


Don't forget to support our sponsors when you have the opportunity to:

Barfoot & Thompson
Glengarry Wines

May 21, 2014

Barbarians Primary Schools Fun Day

This is perhaps the biggest day of the year for Baabaa members to gather and enjoy a great occasion and for many members to assist, take part or just be there.

Our annual Barbarians Primary Schools Rugby Fun Day will be held at Ngataringa Bay, Navy Sports fields, on Sunday May 25, starting at 8.30am.

This year is the 25th occasion the Fun Day has been held, so we hope Baabaa members will stay at the end of the Fun Day to socialise in the Navy sports clubrooms at the grounds and enjoy a drink with your friends.

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday.


Campbell Burnes has compiled another excellent newsletter and this will be distributed within the next few days.

This newsletter is going to be posted to all members this time as it contains an application form for the Mobil fuel discount card scheme that has been implemented as a fundraising project for the club.

We hope you will take part in the fuel card scheme, to help benefit the club.

Also included in the mailout of the newsletter and the fuel discount card application form will be the 'Red Booklet', the annual booklet that provides you with club management contacts, event dates, game dates and a list of members.

Apologies for the late distribution of this booklet, for reasons outside our control, but we hope you enjoy all items when you receive them.

Website photo archive

There are a number of excellent photos, many taken by our club photographer, Terry Horne in the clubrooms and elsewhere, over the past few years. They are on our website under the photo archive below:

Many of the people photographed have been identified but also, many haven't. If you can help us identify individuals that have not been named, please help us.

Please contact Campbell Burnes at

Club nights

Dean Paddy has arranged a series of Friday club nights for the next few months and we hope you enjoy meeting up with old friends and clubmates from the various clubs.

Members and friends are welcome to come to the club on a Friday from 4.30pm onwards.
The clubs and dates set so far are as follows:

May 23: Pakuranga
June 27: Waitemata
July 4: University
July 18: Marist
July 25: Ponsonby
August 1: Onewhero/Maramarua
August 8: North Shore
August 15: Takapuna
August 29: Northcote
September 5: College Rifles

Eden Park tours

We are still looking for volunteers to join with Eden Park Trust staff to show visitors to Eden Park the many interesting facilities, memorabilia rooms and features of the venue.

We are sure that many of our members, with their in-depth knowledge of events and activities at the park, would be excellent ambassadors for the park and would give visitors a wonderful array of stories and memories that they would never forget.

Please let the secretary know if you would like to be a volunteer. I am assured it is not an onerous task and you can suit yourself when you make yourself available.

Contact or phone 846-7241.


Unfortunately, 75 members under the age 70 haven't paid their annual subscription of $50.00.
If you are one such member, please make your payment to: BNZ 02 0400 0009813 000 or post a cheque to PO Box 26418, Epsom, Auckland 1023

Our sponsors

We are pleased to remind you that our sponsors are:

Barfoot & Thompson
Glengarry Wines

Please support our sponsors as often as you are able to.

May 15, 2014

Please find the Mobil fuel card application form available to all Barbarian members who wish to take up the offer. Simply fill out and post off to start saving for yourself and the club. Click here to download the application form (PDF file)

May 11, 2014

Fuel card discount scheme - Baabaa members benefit

The club is pleased to announce a member benefit in the form of a very generous Mobil fuel card discount scheme.
An 8.5 cents per litre discount is available at all Mobil service stations and a large number of Pak 'n Save and New World supermarkets. Full details of the scheme will be published in our next Barbarians club newsletter, together with application forms.

We encourage members to take advantage of this scheme as not only do our members benefit from the discount, the club also receives 2.0 cents per litre on all purchases.

Barbarians v Blues

During the Super Rugby competition break in June, the Barbarians will play the Blues in Whangarei on Friday June 13.
The Baabaas team will be made up of Northland players with Blues reserves, Auckland, North Harbour and 'invited' players making up the rest of the team. A number of club management will attend the match and we hope Northland members will also enjoy the occasion.

Barbarians v Highlanders

In addition to the Blues game, the Barbarians will play the Highlanders in Invercargill on Friday June 20.
The Baabaas team will be made up of Highlanders reserves, Southland and Canterbury players. Leicester Rutledge (NZ Barbarian) will manage the Baabaas team and president Bryan Williams, past president Mike Mills and club captain Mark Moore will attend the match.

Fun Day at Ngataringa Bay

The 25th annual primary schools rugby Fun Day will be held at Ngataringa Bay, Devonport on Sunday May 25 starting at 8.30am.
If you haven't already got a job for the day and would like one, please contact the secretary at 846-7241 or
As this is the 25th occasion the Fun Day will have been held, please stay for a drink at the end of the games and prizegiving and join in with your old friends.

Bay of Plenty Primary Schools Fun Day

The Bay of Plenty primary schools rugby Fun Day will be held in Paengaroa once again, on Wednesday the June 18, commencing at 8.30am.
This is the second time the Bay of Plenty Fun Day will have been held and as it was so successful last year, the Bay of Plenty union want to make it an annual event.
Baabaa members living in the Bay are involved in helping to organise the day and members from Waikato, Thames Valley, Counties Auckland and North Harbour will travel to help make the day a success.
If you would like to get involved and/or would like to attend, on the day, contact the secretary at 846-7241 or

Junior World Championship finals

The Junior World Championship finals will be played at Eden Park on Friday June 20.
There will be three games, with the first starting at 2.35pm, the second at 5.00pm and the final at 7.35pm. The clubrooms will be open for the finals and box seats will be sold on a 'first come, first served' basis. Unfortunately, at this stage, we don't know the price of the tickets but we will let you know as soon as possible.

Eden Park tours

In the last newsletter, information was provided about the Eden Park Trust revamp of its 'Visitors to Eden Park' programme.
It was thought that a number of 'senior' Barbarians with a wealth of knowledge and experience of Eden Park would jump at the chance to talk to visitors to the park about events and special occasions that they knew about or were actually involved in. The revamp is still going ahead and the request for volunteers is still out there, so, if you would like to join the group of Eden Park tour guides, please contact the secretary.

Barbarians club annual subscriptions

As of May 1, the NZ Barbarians' RFC has 413 current members
It is disappointing to note that 81 members under the age of 70 haven't yet paid their annual subscription of $50.00. Payment can be made to the club by cheque, to P.O. Box 26418, Epsom, Auckland 1023, or by direct credit. The direct credit account is: 02 0400 0009813 00.
Subscription payments are a requirement of membership. If you don't wish to continue your membership, please let us know.

April 30, 2014

Warriors v Raiders

Tickets are still available for the Warriors v Raiders game on Saturday May 10 at 5.00pm.
While the Warriors got close last time, they still haven't had a win on Eden Park. So, if you want to see history made, buy a ticket and come to Eden Park to watch the Warriors win.

Tickets are $80.00 and there are 16 seats available at the moment.
Phone: 846-7241

Eden Park tours

Eden Park Trust is currently revamping its 'Visitors to Eden Park' programme which is a guided tour of all parts of Eden Park and is available to visitors/tourists each weekday from 2.00pm.

An important part of the revamp is to appoint some 'senior' people to act as tour guides. That is, people who have had a past association with the park and who have lots of memories and past experiences that would be of interest to visitors. I'm sure the many memories and experiences you have would help to "bring the park alive" for visitors.

Eden Park is hoping to build a volunteer roster of up to 12 guides, each of whom would be assigned, for instance, one tour per fortnight for a duration of approximately one to one and a half hours. The roster would be managed by Eden Park and would be completely flexible to ensure there would be minimal imposition on private time and other commitments.

Anyone willing to take part would be given all the information they need about the park and its history. They will be fully trained and will have the opportunity to accompany experienced tour guides to become completely confident before being asked to take any tours.

If you are interested, please contact the Barbarians club secretary at:
Phone: 09-846-7241

QR code plaques

If you have visited the clubrooms in the past couple of weeks you may have noticed small plaques have been affixed to a few of the photos hanging in the clubrooms.

For the technically-minded, these plaques are called QR Codes.

QR stands for 'Quick Reference' and when read by a QR reader, provides instant access to information that is held on a website somewhere on the internet.

To read the QR code you need to have internet access and an Iphone (or Android) with an app that reads QR codes. The reader can be loaded from the app store and will enable you to access the many applications that are becoming accessible as QR codes gain popularity.

We have provided QR codes for photos of: Sir Fred Allen, Bob Scott, Kevin Skinner, Pat Walsh and Sir Brian Lochore that connect to the All Blacks website (

We also have a code on the cabinet in box 627 that has memorabilia donated by Robert Barnes, who is the son-in-law of JA Pym, who played for England against Wales and played against the All Blacks in 1919. His family decided that having Pym's rugby history on display in our clubrooms would be a fitting place for his cabinet and information to reside. So, if you want the full history, you can point your phone (with a QR reader turned on) at the plaque on the cabinet and you will be able to read a full history of the life of Mr Pym.

Thanks to Ken Baguley for: firstly, explaining to us what QR codes were all about and secondly, arranging for QR plaques to be attached to a selection of photos in the clubrooms.

April 23, 2014

Webb Ellis luncheon

When: Friday May 2
Where: Hall of Legends, Gate B, North Stand, Eden Park
Time: 12.00pm assemble for 12.30pm start
Cost: Tickets $100.00 per person
Dress: Lounge suit/blazer and tie

All Barbarians are urged to support this luncheon.
One Barbarians table has two spare seats. Please contact the secretary if you would like to purchase one or both tickets.
Contact - John Cresswell at: 846-7241 or 021-703-904 or

Warriors v Canberra Raiders

When: Saturday May 10 at 5.00pm
Tickets: $80.00 per ticket

At this stage there are 16 box tickets available and all tickets need to go before we will open the second box.
Please contact the secretary as soon as possible to get your tickets.
Phone: 846-7241 or 021-703-904

Get in quickly, as you never know, you could be at Eden Park to see the Warriors win their first game on the park!

Primary schools Fun Day

Who: North Harbour, Auckland and Counties primary schools
When: Sunday May 25 from 8.30am
Where: Ngataringa Bay (Navy sports grounds), Devonport

This will be the 25th Barbarians rugby Fun Day event and we hope you will be able to take part again this year.
Historically, the Ngataringa Bay Fun Day has seen the biggest turn-out of Barbarians - young and old - year after year.
We hope you will be able join us again this year, not only for the Fun Day but to join us at the end of the programme for a celebratory drink to mark 25 years of a very successful event.

Bay of Plenty Primary Schools Fun Day

Who: Bay of Plenty primary schools
When: Wednesday June 18
Where: Paengaroa (Eastern Districts Rugby Club), Bay of Plenty

The Barbarians RFC has again been asked to run a fun day for Bay of Plenty primary schools at Paengaroa.
Ray Reardon is organising Bay of Plenty Barbarians, Brian Clarke Waikato Baabaas and a group of Auckland, North Harbour and Counties Baabaas will travel down for the event.
If you would like to participate, please let the secretary know and we will be pleased to add you to the list of volunteers.
The Chiefs players will be attending this year, adding a major bonus for all the BoP primary school children who will take part.

Grammar Old Boys RFC 100 years celebration

Details of the 100-year celebration of the Grammar Old Boys RFC are below..

If you need more information, please ring - 09-521-0538

Ponsonby RFC 140th jubilee celebrations

When: Sunday June 2 at Western Springs, 2.30pm

An 'Over 30s' Barbarians RFC side has been assembled to play against a Ponsonby 'Over 30s' side. Everyone is invited.

April 3, 2014

Warriors v Canterbury Bulldogs

This game is on Sunday April 13 and there are still eight Baabaa box seats available for Barbarian members and friends.
The tickets are $80.00 each and your order for tickets can be placed with the secretary by emailing or phoning 09-846-7241.

Barbarians v Eagles golf day

We are urgently calling on all golfing Barbarian members to get your clubs out and join other Barbarian golfers to take on the Eagles.
This match is at the Pakuranga Country Club and assembly is at 11.30am.
Trevor Prendergast is our Barbarian team organiser and he is waiting to hear from you.
Please contact Trevor as soon as possible at:
Phone: 021-677-773

March 14, 2014

JPG Pring

Regrettably, we have been advised that John Pring died on Monday March 10 and his funeral was held at Romaleigh Chapel, Northcote on March 13.

Our sympathy and best wishes have been expressed, on behalf of all Barbarian RFC members, to his wife Kath and family at this sad time.

More information about John's outstanding refereeing career will be included in the quarterly club newsletter.

Murray Reid memorial evening

We are pleased to remind you that a memorial function for Murray will be held in the clubrooms on Friday March 21 at 6.00pm. We hope you are able to attend. We will look forward to seeing you.

Golf - Barbarians v Eagles

Please find (pictured) a flyer promoting the forthcoming challenge with the Eagles.
In short, the time and place details are as follows:

Date: April 7
Where: Pakuranga Country Club
When: Assemble from 10.30am; two tee start at 11.30am

Get your name down quickly to enjoy the challenge against the Eagles. We need up to 30 players.
We will look forward to hearing from you - or phone 846-7241. Get your entry in now.

Games at Eden Park

Saturday March 22: Blues v Cheetahs, Super Rugby, 7.35pm
Saturday March 29: Blues v Highlanders, Super Rugby, 7.35pm
Sunday April 13: Warriors v Bulldogs, 4.00pm - There are still eight seats available in the club boxes; Tickets $80.00 each
Friday April 25: Blues v Waratahs, Super Rugby, 5.35pm
Friday May 2: Blues v Reds, Super Rugby, 7.35pm
Saturday May 10: Warriors v Raiders, 5.00pm - There are still a number of seats available in the club boxes - Tickets $80.00 each
Saturday May 31: Blues v Hurricanes, Super Rugby, 7.35pm
Saturday June 7: All Blacks v England, 7.35pm

Webb Ellis luncheon - Reminder

When: Friday May 2 at 12.00pm
Where: Halls of Legends, North Stand, Eden Park
Cost: Sorry - still to be advised
Speaker: Dick McGruther - Former Queensland and Wallaby rep

Primary Schools Fun Day

When: Sunday May 25
Where: Usual place, Ngataringa Bay, Devonport

Plans are now well in hand to make this year's Fun Day bigger and better than ever.
The Fun Day pre-tournament instruction function will be held at the club lounge at Eden Park on Tuesday May 20 at 6.00pm.
Ron Williams and his team have everything under control and more information will be forthcoming as it comes to hand.
If you would like a job on the day, let us know. Email the secretary at
Also, if you know of a school that would like to be part of the day but isn't at the moment, please let Ron know and he will try to add them to the draw.
Ron can be contacted at or phone him on 021-908-610.

Our sponsors

Thanks to all our sponsors.
We are very grateful for the financial support and other support you give us to enable us to carry out the many activities and events in our programme each year.
Sponsors who have supported us in 2013 and previously are:

Barfoot and Thompson
Four Winds Foundation
Infinity Foundation
North and South Trust
NZ Community Trust

We are very grateful for all the support we have received.

February 25, 2014

Warriors games at Eden Park

As previously mentioned, the Warriors play at Eden Park three times, as follows:
Saturday March 15 at 5.00pm, Warriors v Dragons
Sunday April 13 at 4.00pm, Warriors v Bulldogs
Saturday May 10 at 5.00pm, Warriors v Raiders

Ticket prices are $80.00 per ticket per game.
Tickets will be available on a 'first come, first served' basis, so please book your tickets through the secretary:
Email -
Phone - 846-7241

Golf - Barbarians v Eagles

The annual golf match against the Eagles, for the 'Eagles Trophy' and to prove who are the better golfers, has been arranged to be played at the Pakuranga Golf Club.
Details are as follows:

Date: April 7
Where: Pakuranga Country Club, 199 Botany Rd, Howick
When: Assemble from 10.30am, Two tee start at 11.30am
Entries: Please contact the secretary to confirm you are available.
Phone - 846-7241
Email -
Please let your golfing mates know as we need up to 30 players to take on the Eagles.

Webb Ellis luncheon

The Webb Ellis club has arranged a luncheon, to be held in the Hall of Legends at Eden Park, on May 2.
More information is to follow but the details known to date are:
Function: Webb Ellis luncheon
When: 12.00pm on Friday May 2
Where: Hall of Legends, North Stand, Eden Park
Cost: To be advised
Speaker: Dick McGruther - former Queensland and Australia Rugby Union rep

Please note the date in your diary and look forward to more information for your formal reply.

Visitors to the club

With the 2014 season about to get underway, we hope members and your visitors will enjoy making use of the clubrooms on game days.
The normal Eden Park security, as per last year, still applies and members will need to show their 2014 membership cards to gain access to the clubrooms. As mentioned previously, the cards are white this year. If you bring a visitor, use your Visitor card. If you need more than one visitor card, go up to the clubrooms to obtain additional cards from the custodian on duty.
Please accompany any guests you bring into the club.

Bryan Craies U85kg Cup tournament - reminder

When: Saturday March 15
Time: from 12.00pm
Where: Harvey Wright Fields, Northcote Rugby Football Club, Recreation Drive, Birkenhead

February 23, 2014

Warriors games at Eden Park

The Warriors play at Eden Park three times between the March 15 and May 10. The games, dates and start times are as follows:
Saturday March 15: Warriors v Dragons, 5.00pm
Sunday April 13: Warriors v Bulldogs, 4.00pm
Saturday May 10: Warriors v Raiders, 5.00pm

The club box seats/tickets are available for each of these games but on the same basis as we have to apply for the cricket and other non-rugby events.
If you wish to attend any or all of the Warriors games, please contact the secretary as follows:
Email -
Phone - 09-846-7241
Tickets will be available on a 'first in, first served basis'.

Club blazers

The club blazers have been made by Keven Whittam at Cambridge Clothing for the past 30+ years.
He does a marvellous, very efficient job, as, I'm sure, all who have had a blazer made by him, will testify.
Although the cost of having a blazer made hasn't changed for many years, the cost of material, pockets and manufacture have increased. So much so, that an increase in the purchase price is necessary.
The new costs are as follows:
1. Cost of manufacture is now $268.00 + GST - payable to Keven when the blazer is collected from him.
2. Cost of material, pockets and buttons are now $150.00 including GST, payable to the club after the blazer has been made.

If you would like to purchase a club blazer, the process is as follows:
a) Contact the secretary - phone 09-846-7241 or email
b) The secretary advises Keven Whittam that a member (named) will be contacting him and a copy of the email, directions and phone contact numbers will be advised.
c) The member contacts Keven and arranges to meet him for a fitting.
d) When the blazer is made, the member is called to collect it and make both payments.
If you have any queries, contact the secretary.

Middleweight tournament: Bryan Craies Cup

The annual Bryan Craies Cup middleweight tournament will be held at the Northcote RFC on Saturday March 15.
Kickoff will be at 12.00pm. This is a Barbarians' RFC middleweight rugby-supported event.
For further information, please contact Dean Allnutt at

February 19, 2014

Murray Reid memorial function

A memorial evening will be held in the clubrooms at Eden Park on Friday March 21 in honour of Murray Reid.
Murray was a member of the Baabaas for 48 years and held office as club captain for 10 years and president in 1984-85. He was elected a life member in 1986.
Please come and join us in the clubrooms to honour Murray and to acknowledge his considerable contribution to the club.
Details are:
Where - Barbarians Club Lounge, Eden Park
Date - Friday March 21
Time - from 6.00pm

Updated events programme

February 28: Blues v Crusaders, 7.35pm
March 15: Warriors v Dragons, 5.00pm
March 22: Blues v Cheetahs, 7.35pm
March 29: Blues v Highlanders, 7.35pm
April 7: Golf - Barbarians v Eagles
April 13: Warriors v Bulldogs, 4.00pm
April 25: Blues v Waratahs, 5.35pm
May 2: Blues v Reds, 7.35pm
May 10: Warriors v Raiders, 5.00pm
May 23: Blues v Brumbies, North Harbour Stadium
May 25: Primary Schools Fun Day, Ngataringa Bay
May 31: Blues v Hurricanes, 7.35pm
June 7: All Blacks v England, 7.35pm
June 13: Northland Schools Fun Day, TBC
June 13: NZ Barbarians v Blues, Whangarei
June 25: Bay of Plenty Schools Fun Day, Paengaroa, TBC
July 11: Blues v Chiefs, 7.35pm
August 23: All Blacks v Australia, 7.35pm

For non-rugby events, (the three Warriors games, in particular) tickets will be available to club members and the club boxes will be open if sufficient tickets for the games are sold.
As previously, we are charged for non-rugby events separately and we need to sell all box seats to cover our costs.
Also, members attending games and the clubrooms will need to show their membership cards to the security staff at Gate C. The cards are white this year and all 2014 season cards have been distributed to those who have paid their subscription.

Membership subscriptions - summary as at 18/02/2014

As at February 18, the following report summarises subscription payments for 2014:

1) Total membership 418
2) Members over 70 159
3) Members under 70 259
4) Total overseas members 25
5) Total subs paid 201
6) Under 70s payments 123
7) Over 70s payments 78

Thanks to those who have paid their subscription. To those who haven't, yet, please
do so as soon as possible. We are reliant on your subscription to help administer the club.

Barbarians v Eagles golf match

For many years now, the Barbarians and Eagles clubs have challenged for a trophy to decide who are the better golfers.
The match has been set for Monday April 7 but the venue hasn't yet been decided on.
We will let you know the venue and starting time as soon as we know but in the meantime, please contact the secretary and confirm your availability for the match.
Contact details are: Email: or phone: 09-846-7241

Bar assistant needed

As previously mentioned, the club bar is a very important part of the club and operates to very high standards, under the stewardship of Dean Paddy.
With the ever increasing number of events and occasions where bar staff are required 'for duty', we would like to appoint another helper to assist Dean. While the role is unpaid, the club will pay for all costs associated with the requirement to gain a bar managers' licence.
If you would like to be part of Dean's team, please contact the secretary. Dean will be readily available to discuss all aspects of the job.

February 11, 2014

Events at Eden Park

The Dick Smith NRL league nines will be held at Eden Park on Saturday and Sunday February 15-16.

Both Barbarians boxes have been sold out for both days of the nines, so the clubrooms will be open on both days. Although members without box tickets are not able to go into either of the club boxes, members attending the tournament are welcome to come into the clubrooms at any time. Please ensure you have your 2014 membership cards to show security staff on the ground floor.

Super Rugby gets underway at Eden Park on February 28 and the list of games to follow are:

February 28 - Blues v Crusaders
March 22 - Blues v Cheetahs
March 29 - Blues v Highlanders
April 25 - Blues v Waratahs
May 2 - Blues v Reds
May 31 - Blues v Hurricanes
June 7 - All Blacks v England
July 11 - Blues v Chiefs
August 23 - All Blacks v Australia

Membership cards

To date, 198 members have paid their subscription for 2014 and have received their new cards in the mail.
The new club members' cards for 2014 are white and are being issued as and when subscription payments are received.
If you intend coming into the club this weekend or on future game days, please ensure you bring your membership cards to show security staff on the ground floor at Gate C, before coming up in the lift to the clubrooms.

Mt Maunganui bowls tournament

Each year, for a number of years now, Barbarian members have participated in the Mt Maunganui rugby sports bowls tournament. This year, two teams from the club participated in the tournament and although the results weren't in our favour, everyone had a great time.

January 28, 2014

Murray Reid

To those of you who may not have received the sad news, Murray Reid, a life member of the club, died after a short illness. Murray's funeral was held at All Saints Chapel, Purewa, on Tuesday January 21.

An article on Murray's valued involvement and contribution to the club will be included in the next club newsletter, due out in late February.

Events at Eden Park

The following non-rugby events are still to be held at Eden Park before the Super Rugby competition gets underway:

1.Saturday February 1 - A League football. Phoenix v Adelaide
Regrettably, there is not enough interest in this game to open the clubrooms. The club will therefore not be open this Saturday for the game.

2.Thursday to Monday February 6-10 - Cricket Test, Black Caps v India, 11.00am - Ticket price: $45.00 per day

3.Saturday & Sunday February 15-16 - League NRL 9s - start time to be confirmed - Ticket price: $250.00 total for both days

As previously advised, non-rugby fixtures are charged for separately by EPT for each club box. We must, therefore sell all tickets for each box, for each event, to ensure we don't incur a financial loss for the Club. At this time, there are only a few tickets available for the League 9s but plenty of seats available for the cricket test.

Please contact the secretary to purchase tickets for the league and cricket test events as soon as possible at:
Phone: 09-846-7241
Cell phone: 021-703-904


Again, as previously advised, 2014 subscriptions are now due and should be paid as soon as possible. Membership and a visitor card are mailed to each member following payment of your subscription and 2014 cards are now needed to gain entry to the clubrooms at Eden Park. There has been a good, early response from members, who have paid on the invoice sent out in early January. Please pay your annual subscription as soon as possible to assist in covering our administration costs.

Also, thanks once again to Peter Thompson and Barfoot and Thompson for enveloping and mailing out the 2014 subscription invoices.

First club night for 2014: Friday January 31

The club will be open for the first time in 2014, for members and guests, on Friday January 31 from 4.30pm onwards. Dean Paddy and his helpers will look forward to welcoming you into the clubrooms for the first 'club night' of the year.

Bar assistant

As you will know, Dean Paddy is responsible for hosting a welcoming and efficient Barbarians club bar in the clubrooms. The bar is an important, integral part of 'what we do' in the Barbarians Rugby Club and it takes a lot of organising and management time to get the great results achieved by Dean and his team.

With added pressure on staff, we would like to appoint another helper to assist Dean.

The role is unpaid and it is essential that whoever volunteers will be prepared to gain their bar managers' licence, the cost of which will be paid for by the club.
If you are interested, please let the secretary know (email or phone - 09-846-7241) and Dean will discuss the details of the job with you.

January 14, 2014

Membership subscriptions 2014

NZ Barbarians RFC subscription notices for the 2014 season have now been issued and you should receive your subscription notice in the mail in the next few days.

Once again, Peter Thompson of Barfoot and Thompson has very generously arranged for the enveloping and postage of all 2014 subscription notices. We are very grateful to Peter and Barfoot and Thompson for their very generous support of a number of NZ Barbarians' RFC activities. Their support has been continuous for many years now, enabling us to do a number of things that otherwise would have to be paid for from club funds.

Thanks Barfoot and Thompson.

Please pay your subscription promptly, as the administration of the club is reliant on the payment of your subscription.

2014 membership cards will be issued on receipt of your payment. Membership cards are required by Eden Park security staff to gain entry to the clubrooms on event days at Eden Park.

January 6, 2014

Happy New Year

On behalf of Bryan Williams and his management team, compliments of the season, happy new year and best wishes for an enjoyable and successful 2014.

Events at Eden Park

The following, non-rugby, events are scheduled at Eden Park in January and February 2014.

The Barbarians lounge and boxes will be open for each of the events listed below.

There is a proviso, however, that the club boxes will only be available if all 16 tickets in each box are sold for each particular event. Tickets may be purchased singly or in whatever number combination you wish. If you are interested in buying seats for any or all of the events scheduled, please contact the secretary ASAP.

The events are:

  1. Saturday January 11: T20 - Black Caps v West Indies, 7.00pm; Ticket price: $50.00
  2. Saturday January 25: ODI - Black Caps v India, 2.00pm; Ticket price: $50.00
  3. Saturday February 1: A-League football - Wellington Phoenix v Adelaide United, 7.30pm; Ticket price: $45.00
  4. Thursday-Monday February 6-10: Cricket test - Black Caps v India, 11.00am; Ticket price: $45.00 per day
  5. Saturday-Sunday February 15-16: League - NRL 9s - start time TBC; Ticket price $250.00 total for both days

As previously advised, non-rugby fixtures are charged for separately by Eden Park Trust for each club box. We must, therefore sell all tickets for each box, for each event, to ensure we do not cause a financial loss to the club.

With full club facilities available, we hope you will take the opportunity to watch the above events in the comfort of your clubrooms. Please contact the secretary to purchase tickets for each of the events you would like to attend.

Your early response would be appreciated as we need to arrange bar staff, food, custodians, etc. for each event. Contact details are as follows:
Phone: 846-7241
Cell phone: 021-703-904

Events at Eden Park

The following, non-rugby, events are scheduled at Eden Park in January and February 2014.
The Barbarians lounge and boxes will be open for each of the events listed below.
There is a proviso, however, that the club boxes will only be available if all 16 tickets in each box are sold for each particular event. If you are interested in buying seats for any or all of the events scheduled please contact the secretary ASAP.

The events are:

  • Saturday January 11: T20 - Black Caps v West Indies, 7.00pm . Ticket price: $50.00.
  • Saturday January 25: ODI - Black Caps v India, 2.00pm. Ticket price: $50.00.
  • Saturday February 1: A-League football - Wellington Phoenix v Adelaide United, 7.30pm. Ticket price: $45.00.
  • Thursday to Monday February 6-10: Test cricket - Black Caps v India, 11.00am . Ticket price: $45.00 per day.
  • Saturday to Sunday February 15-16: NRL 9s, from midday. Ticket price: $250.00 total for both days.

As previously advised, non-rugby fixtures are charged for separately by Eden Park Trust for each club box. We must, therefore sell all tickets for each box, for each event, to ensure we do not cause a financial loss to the club. With full club facilities available, we hope you will take the opportunity to watch the above events in the comfort of your clubrooms.

Please contact the secretary John Cresswell to purchase tickets for each of the events you would like to attend:

Phone: 846-7241
Cellphone: 021-703-904

Merry Christmas

On behalf of Bryan Williams, your new President, and the management committee of the Barbarians RFC, best wishes for a happy Christmas and a rewarding New Year in 2014.

December 4, 2013

2013 Annual General Meeting

A very successful 2013 AGM was held in the clubrooms on Wednesday November 27.

Some of the highlights of the meeting included the following:

  1. There were 38 members present and 37 apologies.
  2. The deaths of 12 members, who died during the year, were noted with a minute's silence.
  3. 28 new members were welcomed into the club.
  4. The President's report - a full copy of the report can be read on the club website.
  5. Club captain's report - a full copy of the report can also be read on the club website.
  6. Mike Mills completed his successful term of two years as President but continues to serve on the committee as Past President.
  7. Bryan Williams was elected President for the next two year term.
  8. Neil Cullimore remains a Vice-President.
  9. Ron Williams was elected a Vice-President.
  10. Grant McCurrach (Treasurer), Mark Moore (Club captain) and John Cresswell (Secretary) were re-elected to their respective positions.
  11. Bryan Craies retired from the committee and was thanked for his valued contribution to the club over many years.
  12. Ken Parry and Terry Horne were elected to the management committee, joining Richard Fry, Campbell Burnes and Roger Moore.
  13. Alan Montgomery remains honorary solicitor.
  14. Dean Paddy received the Albert Storey Trophy for his valued service to the club.
  15. Rodney Doidge was elected a life member of the club for his considerable contribution to the Barbarians over many years.

Annual Christmas function

The Christmas function will be held in the Clubrooms on Friday December 6 from 6.00pm.

This is a special night, as not only is it our Christmas function, it is an opportunity to include members' wives and very importantly, wives of members who have died.

While we have a list of the names of widows of members who have died, it is not complete so, if you have contact with members' widows, please invite them to attend and let us have their contact details to add to our 'contacts' list.

Dean Paddy and his team have gone to a lot of trouble to prepare for the Christmas night and amongst other things, have arranged a 'wine tasting'. Also, if you have a guitar, bring it along and start up a 'sing-along'.

Clubrooms - Club nights

The clubrooms will be closed over the Christmas period. The December 6 (Christmas function night) will be the last club night for 2013.

We will let you know when the opening night for 2014 will be confirmed. It is likely to be at the end of January.

Eden Park programme of events

The clubrooms will be open for the following events. Members will be given the opportunity to purchase tickets in the club boxes for the non-rugby games (all tickets in the club boxes for the 2014 rugby programme have been sold).

To cover costs, we must sell all 32 club box tickets for non-rugby events. Members will be given the first option to buy tickets.

  1. Thursday December 26: Black Caps v West Indies (ODI)
  2. Saturday January 11: Black Caps v West Indies (T20)
  3. Saturday January 25: Black Caps v India (ODI)
  4. Saturday February 1: Wellington Phoenix v Adelaide (A-League soccer)
  5. Thursday to Monday February 6-10: Black Caps v India (Test)
  6. Saturday/Sunday February 15-16: NRL 9s (League)
  7. Friday February 28: Blues v Crusaders (Super Rugby)
  8. Saturday March 22: Blues v Cheetahs (Super Rugby)
  9. Saturday March 29: Blues v Highlanders (Super Rugby)
  10. Friday April 25: Blues v Waratahs (Super Rugby)
  11. Friday May 2: Blues v Reds (Super Rugby)
  12. Saturday May 31: Blues v Hurricanes (Super Rugby)
  13. Friday July 11: Blues v Chiefs (Super Rugby)
  14. There are also three Warriors games scheduled - dates to be confirmed

Baabaas and the SAS

This photo was taken at the SAS base in Papakura and features nine Barbarians, including President Mike Mills (centre).
Via Barbarian Malcolm Hood, a contingent of SAS conference delegates attended the clubrooms on September 4 for the Auckland v Counties Manukau ITM Cup game. They enjoyed the experience so much that an invitation for a reciprocal visit by the Barbarians management committee was extended by Lt. Col. Karl Cummins.

Last month some of the committee took up that offer and were royally treated to a tour of the base, an in-depth presentation of the history and achievements of the NZ SAS and a very enjoyable social hour followed by a meal. It was an amazing night with an impressive group of people.

October 26, 2013

John Drake Memorial Golf Day

The annual John Drake Memorial Golf Day will, once again, be held at the Hauraki Golf Club. The arrangements are as follows:

Where: Hauraki Golf Club, corner of SH 2 and SH 27, Mangatarata
When: Thursday November 14
Tee off time: 10.00am

Entries for the day to be made by November 4. Fours will be drawn from the entries received on that day. Please also advise your handicap. Please contact the secretary at or phone 09-846-7241.

This is a very enjoyable Baabaas club day. We hope you will be able to take part.

John Cresswell (Secretary NZ Barbarians RFC)

October 23, 2013

With the season coming to an end, we are pleased to advise a number of events to look forward to in the coming weeks. They are:

  • NZ Barbarians Secondary Schools team v Auckland Schools - Saturday October 26
  • Annual General Meeting - Wednesday November 27
  • NZ Barbarians Eden Park boxes tickets - application for 2014 tickets
  • Club night - Friday October 25 cancelled.

NZ Barbarians Secondary Schools

Although there won't be an international fixture this year, the NZRU has asked the Barbarians club to support the selection of a second secondary schools side. Its request is to maintain consistency following last year's Baabaa Schools team selection.
Next year, the NZ Barbarians Schools team will play Australian Schools and Fijian Schools in the 2014 quadrangular tournament.

The 2013 Barbarians Schools team will assemble in Auckland on Friday October 25 at the Millenium Institute on the North Shore.

On Saturday October 26 they will assemble for a planned 'development coaching session' with input from the All Blacks, who are assembling prior to their departure to Japan and the UK.

On Saturday afternoon, the team will play an Auckland Schools selection, after which they will be invited to visit the NZ Barbarians clubrooms at Eden Park.

On Sunday October 27 the team will complete a further development session with Mike Cron and a 'question and answer' session with the All Blacks has been arranged.

The NZ Barbarians Schools team will play an Auckland Secondary Schools team at St Peter's College, Mountain Rd, Epsom at 2.30pm on Saturday October 26.

All Barbarian members and friends are welcome to attend. We hope you will be able to join us.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the NZ Barbarians' Rugby Football Club will be held in the clubrooms at Eden Park on Wednesday the November 27 at 6.00pm.

A copy of the agenda will be sent with the next newsletter, due out mid-November.

NZ Barbarians' Eden Park Boxes - 2014 season tickets

The opportunity to ballot for seats in the NZ Barbarians' RFC Eden Park Boxes for the 2014 season is available for all members and all applications will be considered.
Please get your application in early as we are aware that there is a considerable increase in interest by members for purchasing season tickets in one of the club boxes. Members should have received the application in the last emailed notice.
The closing date for applications is November 6.

Friday club night

The clubrooms at Eden Park will not be open this Friday October 25. Normal Friday club nights will resume on Friday November 1.

September 2, 2013

NZ Schools Top 4 tournament

This weekend at Rotorua BHS is the annual top 4 semifinals and the finals of the co-ed and girls schools tournament. The national boys' schools are playing for the Barbarians Cup, while the co-ed schools play for the Barbarians Shield. The girls and the co-ed champions will be found this weekend, while the boys' champs will be decided on September 14 at a venue to be confirmed. The qualifiers are:

Blues franchise
Boys - St Kentigern College
Co-ed - Tangaroa College
Girls - Tamaki College

Chiefs franchise
Boys - Hamilton Boys' High School
Co-ed - Manurewa High School
Girls - Hamilton Girls' High School

Hurricanes franchise
Boys - Wellington College
Co-ed - Wairarapa College
Girls - Fielding High School

South Island
Boys -- Otago Boys' High School
Co-ed - Ashburton College
Girls - Southland Girls' High School

NZ Barbarians middleweight (U85kg) tournament

The NZ Barbarians sponsor middleweight (U85kg) rugby to help develop competition for lighter weight players who enjoy playing the game against other players of a similar size and weight. It is hoped that middleweight players stay in the game longer and also contribute to the administration and running of the game at a club and provincial level.
This year, teams from Wellington, Waikato, Thames Valley, North Harbour and Auckland will compete for the Barbarians Middleweight Trophy.

The tournament details are:
When: September 14-15
Where: College Rifles RFC, Auckland
Time: from 9.30am each day

Games at Eden Park
September 4: Auckland v Counties Manukau, 7.35pm
September 14: All Blacks v South Africa, 7.35pm
September 19: Auckland v Northland, 7.35pm
September 28: Auckland v Canterbury, 7.35pm

Rugby Foundation luncheon
When: Friday September 13
Where: Eden Park, South Stand Function Centre
Time: From 12.00pm
Cost: $165.00
For full information, contact the Experience Group. Phone: 09-304-0355, email: or visit

Eden Park Trust - Hall of Legends fundraiser

When: Friday October 4, 12.00pm to 4.00pm
Where: Eden Park, Level 4 Lounge, Entry G, Reimers Ave.
Bookings: Eden Park Trust - Lian Tetley on 09-815-4815 or
Simon Wilson on 09-815-4807 or

Barbarians' RFC Annual General Meeting

When: Wednesday November 27
Time: 6.00pm
Where: Barbarians' RFC clubrooms, Eden Park

Further notice and a full agenda will be distributed to all members nearer the date of the AGM.

Eden Park Trust - Hall of Legends fundraiser

Eden Park Trust has arranged a special luncheon to raise funds for the redevelopment of the Hall of Legends at Eden Park. Details are as follows:

What: Hall of Legends fundraiser
Where: Eden Park level 4 lounge, entry G, Reimers Ave
When: Friday October 4, 12-4pm
Tickets and further info: Lian Tetley at

Bay of Plenty Wasps - 'Their first 50 years'

Those members on our email list would have seen a flyer promoting the Wasps RFC book, covering the history of the Bay of Plenty club's first 50 years.
Described as a comprehensive history of Wasps rugby in New Zealand, it includes past programmes, stories, photos and tributes. It is a "great collection" of Wasps history.
Copies of the book can be obtained by emailing
The cost of the book is $35.00 including postage.

August 8, 2013

We are pleased to advise that the following events have been organised and you should note the dates in your diary:

  1. Club night - Friday August 9 - Western Pioneers, Helensville, Silverdale and Kumeu RFCs
  2. Club night - Friday August 16 - Pakuranga and Eden RFCs
  3. Club night - Friday August 23 - Massey, Mahurangi, and East Coast Bays RFCs
  4. ITM Cup - Auckland v North Harbour - Sunday August 18 at 2.35pm
  5. NZ Barbarians' Area Schools v Harlequins - Friday August 23 in Hamilton
  6. NZ Rugby Foundation luncheon - Friday September 13 at Eden Park
  7. Further website developments

Best wishes,
John Cresswell (Secretary NZ Barbarians RFC)

Club nights

The following club nights have been organised and we will host the following clubs:

  1. Friday August 9 - Western Pioneers, Helensville, Silverdale and Kumeu
  2. Friday August 16 - Pakuranga (Gallaher Shield winners) and Eden
  3. Friday August 23 - Massey, Mahurangi and East Coast Bays

All clubs have indicated that they have had a good response from members and are looking forward to enjoying an evening with Baabaa members in our clubrooms.
Pakuranga, in particular, has indicated that it will have 20 to 25 members attend. It will be a good occasion to recognise Pakuranga and its outstanding success this year.
Each club night will commence from 5.30pm.


The first ITM Cup game to be played at Eden Park this year will be between Auckland and North Harbour, the 'Battle of the Bridge.
Sunday August 18 is the date and day to come to Eden Park to see these teams battle it out in the first round of our national provincial championship.

NZ Barbarians Area Schools

For the first time, the NZ Barbarians will support the NZ Barbarians Area Schools team in a game against the Harlequins in Hamilton.

As part of our support for secondary schools rugby, the NZ Barbarians agreed to support NZ Area Schools rugby when the NZ Rugby Foundation sponsorship ended. The NZ Rugby Foundation provided great support for many years but acknowledged that its main responsibility was towards the support and rehabilitation of injured players. We have been pleased to pick up where the Rugby Foundation left off and our involvement has been much appreciated in supporting a large group of rugby players that don't get the exposure or the opportunity that schools in the main or larger centres in New Zealand provide.

The game against the Harlequins will be played in Hamilton on Friday August 23 as a curtainraiser to the Otago v Waikato ITM Cup game, which is also a Ranfurly Shield challenge.

NZ Rugby Foundation luncheon

The NZ Rugby Foundation luncheon is one of the main events the foundation holds to raise funds to support injured rugby players.

The NZ Barbarians are pleased to support the foundation and all the valuable work it does, year in and year out. We hope you will support this worthwhile fundraising event.

The details are as follows:
When: Friday September 13 from 12.00pm
Where: Eden Park Function Centre - South Stand
For full details, phone: 09-304-0355 or email:

Barbarians RFC website

We have now added a links page to our website (beneath the news and photos menu) that will give you a one click connection to many sites that rugby followers will be interested in - including a link to our major sponsor - Barfoot & Thompson Ltd.

New members' induction

The Barbarians welcomed 10 of their new members (out of a bumper total of well over 20) on an historic night at the clubrooms on Wednesday July 24.

President Mike Mills welcomes Anna Richards
to the Barbarians club.

They are, as follows:

Clive Akers
Teina Clarke
Henk Habraken
Richard KaPa
Mike Leach
Ian MacRae
Trevor Prendergast
Anna Richards
Melodie Robinson
Mike Turner

Anna Richards, Melodie Robinson and Dr Farah Palmer (who was not able to attend) are the first ladies to be inducted as Barbarians in the 76-year history of the club. The club welcomes this trio, who have a total of nine Rugby World Cup titles to their credit with the Black Ferns.

It was a most convivial evening with the new members and some of their families. The full list of new members for 2013 will be listed in our August newsletter.

July 30, 2013

More events and activities for members have been arranged. They are as follows:

  • Auckland Rugby Union: Club finals - Saturday August 3
  • Carbine club luncheon - Friday August 2
  • Waitemata and Suburbs clubs invited to the Baabaas clubrooms - Friday August 2

We hope you enjoy the above activities/events.

My regards,
John Cresswell
(Secretary NZ Barbarians RFC)

Auckland Rugby Union - Club finals day

University will play Pakuranga in the premier final of the ARU's Gallaher Shield. The game commences at 2.45pm.

The Barbarians' clubrooms will be open from 12.30pm and all members and visitors are welcome to come in for a drink, before and after the game.

Please note that, as there are limited spaces in the club boxes, the best view of the final will be from the ASB Stand seats at level four.

Please ensure you bring your club membership and visitor passes, as there will be a security person on duty at Gate C. If you need more visitor passes, please make the necessary arrangements to obtain visitor passes from the club custodian. You will need to come up to the clubrooms to get the extra passes. Please ensure they are returned before you leave the club after the game.

Carbine club luncheon

Barbarians' RFC members have been invited to take part in a Carbine club rugby luncheon in conjunction with and supporting the NZ Rugby Foundation.

Please make your booking or make up a table as soon as possible.

The details are as follows:

  • Date: Friday August 2
  • Time: 12 noon for 12.30pm lunch
  • Venue: Royal NZ Yacht Squadron, Westhaven, Auckland
  • Cost: $75.00 per person
  • Bookings Register: Irene Prouse (McGregor Bailey)
  • Phone: 09-378-8388
  • Email:

Club night

Invitations have been sent to Waitemata and Suburbs Rugby Football Clubs to join us for an evening in the clubrooms.
The details are as follows:

  • Date: Friday August 2
  • Where: NZ Barbarians' RFC Clubrooms
  • Time: from 5:00pm

July 22, 2013

There are a number of activities about to happen for Barbarians members. They are:
  1. New members' introductory evening - 24/07/2013
  2. Carbine club luncheon - 02/08/2013
  3. Waitemata and Suburbs clubs invited to the Baabaas clubrooms - 02/08/2013
  4. Gallaher Shield final at Eden Park - 03/08/2013

We hope you enjoy all or at least, some of the above activities/events.
My regards,
John Cresswell (Secretary NZ Barbarians RFC)

New member introduction evening

As previously advised, all members are invited to meet the new members for 2013, who have accepted membership of the Barbarians' RFC.

The evening will be held at the clubrooms on Wednesday July 24 from 6.00pm.

Carbine club luncheon

Barbarians' RFC members have been invited to take part in a Carbine club rugby luncheon in conjunction with and supporting the NZ Rugby Foundation.

The details are as follows:

  • Date: Friday August 2
  • Time: 12 noon for 12.30pm lunch
  • Venue: Royal NZ Yacht Squadron, Westhaven, Auckland
  • Cost: $75.00 per person
  • Bookings/register: Irene Prouse (McGregor Bailey)
  • Phone: 09-378-8388
  • Email:

Club night

Invitations have been sent to Waitemata and Suburbs Rugby Football Clubs to join us for an evening in the clubrooms.
The details are as follows:
  • Date: Friday August 2
  • Time: From 5.00pm
  • Where: NZ Barbarians' RFC clubrooms

Gallaher Shield club final

The final of the Auckland premier club championship will be held on Saturday August 3.
The Barbarians' RFC clubrooms will be open that afternoon and members are welcome to come in for a drink.

There are a very limited and restricted number of seats in the club boxes to view the game.
It would be wise to use the stands to watch the final and come into the clubrooms before and/or after the game.

Barbarians website:

If you haven't looked at the NZ Barbarians RFC website recently, it is high time that you did.

Campbell Burnes, together with David Levin and Ken Baguley, have been updating all the news, events and other information that has occurred over the past months.

They have done a great job and are to be congratulated for the tremendous effort they have given to keeping us up to date.
The information they have brought together will be a great record of the club's history, its activities, and its members, and will be there for all to see.

Congratulations and well done to Campbell, David and Ken.

Passing of Laly Haddon and Ross Nicholson

It is with sadness that we record the deaths last week of two long-time Barbarians club members - Laly Haddon, a former North Auckland and New Zealand Maori loose forward, and Ross Nicholson, a former honorary medical officer for the New Zealand and Auckland unions. Fuller obituaries will appear in the August newsletters.

July 15, 2013: Bay of Plenty Primary Schools rugby fun day

Congratulations, once again, to Ron Williams for a very successful primary schools rugby fun day, held for the first time in Bay of Plenty.

Ron ran the show with Kane Hames (Bay of Plenty Rugby development officer) and other Barbarians members.

The fun day was held at Paengaroa, at the Eastern Districts Rugby Club, on Wednesday June 26 with 20 Bay of Plenty primary schools taking part. The weather was fine, which was a blessing, and there was an excellent turnout of Baabaas.

Baabaa members gave support to the teachers and coaches and helped organise their teams throughout the day by ensuring the players were in the right place at the right time and were available for their photographs at the allocated time. The whole programme ran smoothly and to time.

Baabaa helpers came from North Harbour, Auckland, Counties, Waikato and Bay of Plenty and the number of Baabaas volunteers was excellent. Thanks very much to all those who attended. It was much appreciated and I understand, without exception, everyone enjoyed the day. We hope to do it again next year.

View the Bay of Plenty Times article, which gave us some good local media exposure.

NZ Barbarians Area Schools v Harlequins

This year, the NZ Area Schools (schools from new entrants to year 13 pupils and from isolated rural areas of New Zealand) will play a Harlequin RFC selection as a curtainraiser to the Waikato v Otago ITM game on August 23. The NZ Area Schools team will play as the NZ Barbarians Area Schools team.

For the first time, the NZ Barbarians are sponsoring the NZ Area Schools programme, having been invited to do so earlier this year when the Area Schools lost their funding support. The NZ Area Schools are not supported by the NZRU or by the NZ Secondary Schools Rugby Council, and all the good work that had been put in for the benefit of school rugby players in the isolated parts of New Zealand, would have been lost. The NZ Barbarians are very pleased to provide the support they need.

NZ Secondary Schools Top 4 Championship

The NZ Secondary Schools Top 4 boys and co-ed schools championship will, once again, be held in Rotorua during the weekend of September 6-8, with the final of the Top 4 (for the Barbarian Cup) to be decided on September 14 at a venue to be decided. The schedule of games is as follows:

  1. Friday September 6 - Top 4 co-ed schools semifinals
  2. Saturday September 7 - Top 4 boys schools semifinals
  3. Sunday September 8 - Top 4 co-ed schools final
  4. Saturday September 14 - Top 4 schools final

June 2010: Patron Bob Sorenson officially opens new clubrooms

On Thursday June 24, 2010, patron Bob Sorenson cut the red Barbarian ribbon, officially opening our new clubrooms.

Life members and their wives were also present along with many special guests including the chairman of the Eden Park Trust John Waller and, from the NZRU, director Gerard Van Tilborg. The master of ceremonies for the evening was immediate past president Phil Lindesay, while past president, the late Mike Cormack, and this writer also spoke.

It was an evening to remember, an evening that will go down in the annals of the club. Over 100 Barbarian members, wives and guests enjoyed the ambience of our new international-class facilities. The design of the rooms and suites by well-known architect Neil Cotton has created an environment that links the past with the present and onto the future. Yes, we have our heritage in our historical photographs, stain glass windows and memorabilia, but these clubrooms bring us to the threshold of the 21st century. These international facilities are 'modern'. The snug area for the members' wives and guests where they can enjoy a wine or their own plunge coffee or even just to sit in the comfort of the leather chairs, watch TV or enjoy a book from the library is very special. Well known interior designer Anna Foss nee Fitzpatrick, daughter of the late BBJ and Louise, sister of Sean, spent many hours on choosing the colours, the design, the fabrics, et cetera to create a special Barbarian ambience for the club.

The Ladore Trophy for middleweight rugby was also presented to the club on the evening and we thank Norm Bennett for his kind gesture.

When you visit the clubrooms, you can view the magnificent new honours board donated by the late Pat Walsh's wife Noeline and son Mark Walsh. Our Barbarian crest on the honours board was carved by the former Maori All Black Fred Graham.

On the evening it is worthy to note that members stayed longer than normal as many stories were shared, and games revisited, with two former All Blacks, Bernie McCahill and Ron Williams, chewing the fat and enjoying a fine bottle of red into the late hours of the night.

To all members, please ensure you visit your club. Come and enjoy the facilities that you will be very proud to use and proud to bring your guests to.

John A Mills
(President 2010-11)

“Rugby is a game for gentlemen in all classes but for no bad sportsman in any class.”
Rt Reverend W J Casey, 1894

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