13 April 2020

Update from Geoff March


Happy Easter

Good morning, I hope this finds you in good health and coping with the lockdown, good news it seems to have some effect, we got caught and are in lockdown in Argentina, we have been in isolation or lockdown since the 16th March, at least you are now over your halfway mark of lockdown.


Argentina is in lockdown until the 12th April after that who knows what restrictions and changes there will be, we are in Viedma which is 10 to 12 hours drive as there are no internal flights, plus most repatriation flights are going through Chile, we can’t get there as you can’t drive, It’s a 24 plus hours drive and the Chile government is not allowing foreigners in without strict controls. We have good people working on our behalf to get us home when it is possible.


We are staying at a Summer Park (twenty kms out of Viedma) which is on five acres and has chalets, we are alone other than the owners as summer is over for Argentina. During the day I have been doing tasks for owners, trimming hedges, painting gates and doors and enjoying their company, even though we don’t speak Spanish and they don’t speak English, thankfully we have a translator on our phones. We have some strange conversations as the translation can mean something a little different, but we have all laughed it off. We have been given lots of prepared food, and we have an ex exchange student we came to visit in Viedma (We decided not to stay with her as she has a young family, they need their space and freedom). Mariana our student has taken us shopping and

has explained when our conversations became confusing (Spanish to English and vice versa). We are safe and

fairly comfortable.


There have been some fun things on the internet as well as some not so good attitudes and comments, adverse

conditions do this to people in different ways, I hope you have been kind and lenient towards others. We are human so we react in ways that others may not understand. Yes, everyone is missing family, relations and friends, as well as the usual freedom that we were used to, that’s maybe in the past now. As they are saying there is going to be a new normal, so let’s work together to make that work in everybody’s interest and the good of our community.


Easter is here, can I ask you to reach out to someone you haven’t heard of or been in touch with for a while, a

simple phone call will make you feel better and will brighten someone else’s day.


Here is a quote from Leo Buscaglia” Too often we underestimate the power of a touch. A simple smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment , or the smallest act of caring. All of which have the potential to turn a life around." How poignant is this at this time in our lives and the making of history right now.


So hopefully, those who were thinking of breaking the BUBBLE and coming Whangamata to get away have

realised their decision would not have been a good one for them or for Whangamata. The lockdown is not normal for anybody, but the lockdown is for a bigger picture reason and appears to be working.


We have just been told that New Zealand is featuring in the Argentina papers, saying it took the right steps by

isolating the nation and they believe it will prove beneficial in the long run.


So please enjoy Easter even it is in the virtual world, please stay safe and be kind to each other and those in Whangamata.




Whangamata RSA


10 April 2020

Hello, we are now in to week 3 of Lockdown. Checking in again to see how you are doing? How have you been spending your time?

It's Easter Weekend... and it will be a different Easter to what we are all used to but do use the time to get some rest and spend some valuable time in your 'Bubble'.

For the kids (or adults) in your bubble, you can join in 'The Big New Zealand Easter Egg Hunt' this weekend.…/the-big-new-zealand-ea…/

Doctor Sandie Moss has asked us to pass on to our members...

"If you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19? Please go and see the team at the assessment centre" The Whangamata Assessment Centre is at the Memorial Hall.

We know this is a difficult time, we ask that you keep in touch with each other, be it by phone, email, facebook... If you would like to keep in touch with us, at this time it is best to do so through facebook.

We are wishing you and your loved ones well during these unprecedented times. We look forward to opening our doors to you again when COVID-19 is contained.

Stay safe, be kind and please stay home.

For information on COVID-19



An update from Geoff and Sue March in Argentina.

On the 9th of March Sue and I headed to South America, this trip was to visit exchange students we had hosted in the nineties from Argentina.

We went through Buenos Aries to Santiago Chile a part of a tour package we were to finish after visiting them, we toured around from two days ad then on the 11th March we flew to Cordoba to stay with the first student. Andrea took us around and about Cordoba before we flew to Viedma.

On arrival in Viedma we were met by Mariana, she showed us around and took us to a hotel as she has a young family and attitudes were changing towards foreigners and inter country travel. We were at the hotel for a few minutes and the police turned up with a medical person and a government official to place us in isolation because we had visited Chile. We were very lucky that Mariana is well known and was able to reduce the isolation time to eight days as we had left Chile six days before.

Isolation, we had to stay in our hotel room, lucky Mariana was able to get us access to Netflix, she was our go between to he hotel staff as none of them spoke English and they were also afraid of us. Five days dragged by and the hotel was so empty except for us, so we were moved to a room that had a lounge and fridge for the last three days, on the day of our isolation release we had another medical check over and were cleared.

During the time in isolation we discussed with Mariana and decided it was not fair for us to stay with Marianas family. They needed space and for their own peace of mind of having foreigners staying others could feel uncomfortable.

We looked around for an apartment or Air B n B, there wasn’t a big selection, when we enquired they didn’t want to host foreigners. What were we going to do, then Marianas husband Juan Palo came up with an idea, one of Marianas friends parents own a Summer Park out of Viedma, summer was over so it was empty other than the owners. This place has chalets and is on five acres, plus they didn’t mind foreigners, so we moved there.

We are able to roam the five acres at out leisure and we have shopped for supplies for we were now able to fend for ourselves and back into a normal routine, plus we have been able to do chores for the owners trimming hedges and painting which is passing the time, as for now we don’t know for how long and where we can return to NZ.

We have excellent support from our travel agent, Scott Simpson and the NZ embassy has been helping as well, we can only wait, at least we are comfortable and well supplied, plus we get on well with the owners they are giving us local meals and we communicate using a translator on our phones, working well.

So until we return and can catch up in the new normal, keep safe, be kind to each other and obey the rules,

Geoff and Sue March
Whangamata RSA


24 March 2020 

To our Members and Guests,


In response to the Government’s announcement that New Zealand will be entering Alert Level 4 lockdown on Wednesday 25th March, we will be staying closed.


We know this is a difficult time, we ask that you keep in touch with each other, be it by phone, email, facebook... If you would like to keep in touch with us, at this time it is best to do so through facebook.


Please stay safe out there and remember to look after each other. We wish you all the best over the coming weeks and look forward to opening our doors to you again when COVID-19 is contained.


Stay safe, be kind and please stay home.


We're all in this together





20 March 2020


Action on Indoor Gatherings and events to protect public health

Friday 20th & Saturday 21st March 2020

Following the Government decision to reduce the numbers to 100 for indoor gatherings we will be restricting entry to

Members Only, No Guests or Visitors!

You must have your card on you, and you will be asked to sign in for traceability purposes.

We apologise for any inconvenience but this is out of our hands.
Please respect other members and practice self distancing.

Keep safe everyone!  We will keep you informed with any changes.


Following the Government decision to reduce the numbers to 100 for indoor gatherings and due to the fact that a lot of people will be coming to Whangamata for the Beach Hop Week.

We have made a very hard decision to close the RSA for a week, commencing Sunday 22nd March and re-evaluating the situation on Monday 30th March.


Ying’s @ the RSA will be open for takeaways and home delivery if necessary.

Lunch - 11am to 2.30pm  |  Dinner - 5pm to 8pm

Text Ying on 021 116 8661

Delivery in Whangamata only
Minimum Order $35.00, plus $5.00 delivery fee
Orders over $50.00 no delivery fee

19 March 2020



An important update for members, guests and visitors.


As a community-based organisation, we are taking advice on COVID–19 (Coronavirus) seriously, and as a result have implemented the following measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff, members, guests and visitors. Our primary concern will be to protect people, ensure our obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and maintain our duty of care to our staff, and to persons on, or seeking to visit our premises.


All persons who have returned from overseas from midnight Sunday 15 March 2020, or been in contact with people who have returned from overseas travel are required by law to self-isolate for a period of 14 days and as a result will not be permitted to enter the Club premises.


All persons whose place of employment, education or socialisation that has been closed due to a confirmed case of COVID-19 are not to enter the Club. All persons who experience or show signs of flu like symptoms are not to enter the Club. These symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, tiredness and shortness of breath.


Persons who are onsite and showing flu like symptoms will be asked to leave the premises. We encourage all persons who are experiencing flu like symptoms to follow the advice of Ministry of Health. For more information on COVID-19 visit


We encourage all staff, members, guests and visitors to practice good hygiene at all times.


The Club has increased signage within the venue to inform staff, members, guests and visitors of good hygiene practices.


The Club’s staff will be discouraged from engaging in personal contact, such as the shaking of hands with fellow staff, members, guests and visitors. Please do not take this in any other way than as a preventative and control measure to help prevent the spread of viruses.


The Club is also instituting frequent sanitisation of “high touch areas” including bathrooms, door handles and buttons.


The Club will continue to monitor the advice of Clubs New Zealand and implement advice accordingly.


Events, Entertainment and Functions


The COVID-19 situation continues to evolve rapidly. Following advice from the Ministry of Health on 19 March 2020 it is recommended that non-essential, organised gatherings be limited to fewer than 100 people.


This includes events such as concerts, sporting fixtures with large crowds, exhibitions and religious celebrations.


While all New Zealanders are encouraged to exercise personal responsibility for social distancing, there are no current restrictions recommended on attending other settings, such as shopping centres, or using public transport.


For non-essential organised gatherings with fewer than 100 attendees, Ministry of Health recommends that organisers:


• remind attendees and staff not to attend if they are feeling unwell

• remind attendees and staff not to attend if they have travelled overseas in the past 14 days

• ensure emergency management practices are up to date

• brief staff on how to practice good hygiene and make it easy for staff and attendees to practice good hygiene

• have adequate hand washing facilities available


Ministry of Health also offers the following advice for attendees:

• stay home and do not attend if you are feeling unwell

• stay home and do not attend if you have travelled overseas in the past 14 days.


Should the advice from Ministry of Health change, the Club will update its policy accordingly.


While onsite at the Club, staff, members, guests and visitors are encouraged to practice good personal hygiene including:


• cleaning your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser

• cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow.


We encourage attendees of organised functions and events at the Club to liaise directly with those organisers, rather than the Club.


Ying’s @ the RSA


The Club and its catering contractors are taking our responsibility seriously and have implemented a number of temporary measures at the dining facilities which include:


• Removal of cutlery from all tables. Cutlery will be delivered with your meals.

• Introduction of single-use menus.

• Increased sanitation of all work and public spaces.

• Additional staff training.

• Increased use of gloves, including in the acceptance of deliveries.

• Removal of ‘help yourself’ sauce and cutlery stations.


Persons who do not cooperate with our advice in relation to COVID-19 will be asked to leave our premises.


We ask for your complete cooperation and understanding as we continue our commitment to offering a quality-based community hub for all people of our community to enjoy.


If you have any questions, please seek to liaise with our Club’s management.

Further updates may apply.

Whangamata RSA – Coronavirus/COVID-19

How to minimise the risk of getting sick!


The most important thing to do is practice good hygiene.


We encourage all Staff, Members, Guests and Visitors to practice good hygiene at all times.


This means:

• Single use glasses/handles – including water machine


• Cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues

• Put used tissues appropriately in a bin or a bag immediately


• Wash your hands with soap and water and drying them thoroughly, or using hand sanitiser:

• Before eating or handling food

• After using the toilet

• After coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or wiping children’s noses

• After touching public surfaces

• Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

• Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

• Avoid personal contact, such as kissing, sharing cups or food, handshaking/hugging

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs

• Stay home if you feel unwell, or if you have been in contact with anyone who has recently returned from overseas


The measures above are especially important for people who have existing health conditions or compromised immune systems.


Call Health line on 0800 358 5453 if you have any symptoms and have been to any countries or territories of concern or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19.

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