North Harbour Ulysses Newsletter.
Edition 32
April 2017

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Hi All

We are now quarter of the way through the year. Where did the first three months disappear to??

We have a lot of rides planned over the next few months but as you will see when you read on we really need some more RICs (Rider in Charge).  It's not an onerous job and there is no liability placed on you (although you will get fined if you get lost aye Les and Peter Hyde).  Please put your hand up and let Niki Morrison know that you can help.

You will see below a couple of blue buttons that when you click on them.  They direct you straight to the North Harbour Ulysses Website Events Page.  This is the best place to go to stay up to date with our events and ride information.  If you have planned to go on a ride.  It pays to check there on the morning before the ride as well as our Face book page to see if there are any changes etc.

I'm looking forward to getting back on my bike as soon as my bicep heals so I can join you all on rides. T minus 6 weeks and counting.

Happy riding
Craig McEwan #9243
Editor - Ulysses North Harbour
Ulysses North Harbour Facebook Page
Ulysses North Harbour Website

(Our Branch AGM is Thursday April 6th  2017,   7.30pm)

The year has gone quickly; it must be because I enjoy working for our Branch. This year the branch has stayed steady at 200 members, in other words we have gained as many members over the year as we lost at renewal time. Members drop out for many reasons including death, too old to ride or they find motorbikes are not their thing. For some with mortgages the extra household cost is a strain and some with children find the family takes up all their time. To make up for those members we lose we need to recruit as many new members as possible, don’t ever be too shy to hand out our branch business card which is available from the Quartermaster and free.
The change to the Pupuke Golf Club for our monthly meetings has proved a popular move and we regularly get 80-100 members & partners along, I hope the decision to have a split starting time summer & winter will encourage people to keep coming along in the adverse winter weather. (The May Club-night will revert back to a 7.00pm start.)

Your 2016 committee didn’t change much, and we have to thank Lora Nankivell (Secretary), Joy Zaloum (Treasurer), Andy Kelly, John Johnston, Rini van Driel, Dave McAnulty and Barry Holland for their work on your behalf over the year. Unfortunately Vaughan Nankivell (Branch Vice President) got very sick and was unable to come to many club nights or meetings but he still did a great job organising the Ronald McDonald Fundraising Ride with help from Les Duffield. As Vaughan’s health got worse Lora had to give up her Secretarial work to look after him and we were lucky to have Niki Morrison & Tracy Unstead who stood in as required.

Dave McAnulty, John Johnstone and Rini van Driel are standing down this year and I appreciate and thank them for the work they have done since our branch was formed in 2014. It was hard to get a full Runs Committee with members away overseas and others injured but we still managed to get in a large number of rides and some weekends away.
Thanks to Niki Morrison (Runs Coordinator) and her Runs Committee members Barry Holland, John Heebink, David McAnulty, Les Duffield, Mike Orr, Paul Morrison, Peter Zaloum & Peter Hyde. Thanks also to anyone else who was brave enough to put their hand up and take a ride. Thanks to Niki & Paul for our Omapere & Opononi Weekends away, I would like to see more members come along to these weekends even if they came in their car as it’s a great way to get to know your fellow members.

A special thanks to those members who aren’t on the committee but pitched in to help make our branch the success it is, Craig McEwan who took over the newsletter and keeps us informed, John Heebink for the Face book Page later taken over by Peter Unstead who also took over the running of our web page when Vaughan got too sick, Peter Webb who served us extremely well as Sheriff and Dale Painter as Quartermaster. Dianne Webb does a great job selling Club Night Raffle tickets which boosts our branch funds.

Every-one who has volunteered has contributed to making our branch a success, without your help we would just be a group of people with no direction or goals.
Our Mid Month Dinner night at the Africa Bar is still popular with between 30 & 40 members & partners coming, this night is a good way for new members to meet some of the older members in a smaller group, it is very relaxed and not so daunting for them.

            The Poker Run was a very enjoyable event, again John Heebink planned an interesting route and finishing at the Africa Bar meant everyone could relax at the end, Joy Zaloum was pleased to collect 1st prize and the trophy. The BBQ at the Africa Bar was a success with a few visitors from the Auckland Branch and the Xmas Breakup Party at the North Shore Squash Club was enjoyed by 80+ people.

            Our branch is lucky to be supported by The Cycle Spot Group, Spectrum Hyosung & Kawasaki, ProRider and Techmoto, without their input we would not be as healthy as the Treasurers Report will show.

The only way we can keep our sponsors is to give them 1st choice when you want to change your bike or buy motorcycle gear, however, remember they can’t always give you the deal you would like and they have to make a profit to stay in business so don’t abuse them when things don’t go your way. Make sure you visit our sponsors and let them know you are a North Harbour Branch member.
Ronald McDonald House Charity Ride
            Our “Ronnie Run” was not the success it was last year but we still gave RMcDH a reasonable donation. As I said earlier Vaughan became very sick but along with Lora did all he could to make it work, in the latter stages Les Duffield stepped into the breach to help out.

It was great to see Vaughan lead the ride in his car and be part of the prize-giving. As we all know Vaughan passed away in January, from now on in memory of Vaughan the Ronnie Run will be called “Vaughan’s Ronald McDonald Charity Ride.

There seems to be a charity/fund raising ride nearly every couple of weeks for one thing or another and I think riders are getting sick of them, it was disappointing that not all our branch members turned up to support our RMcDH Ride.
            When our branch was formed in 2014 some people from other branches reckoned we would fall over within a couple of years, sorry folks the North Harbour Branch is here to stay and we are getting stronger every year, we have some fresh faces coming forward on the committee for 2017/18 and it looks like another great year for our members.

            Last but not least I must say thank you to Dale my lovely wife, without her support it would be extremely hard to do my job as Branch President.           

Wayne Painter #1756NZ L/M
Branch President, North Harbour Branch

Committee Members
Andy Kelly is our Welfare Officer so if you know of a Branch Member who is sick, injured or in need of help from the Branch please contact Andy
on 021 144 9734 or Email Andy
Non Committee Positions
Click here for Printer Friendly Runs Sheet
Click here to visit the Events Page on North Harbour Ulysses Website
North Harbour Ulysses AGM is coming up on 6th  April 2017.  Come along and see who has been voted in for the new 2017 committee. As daylight savings ends on 2nd April.  Our Club Night meetings from May start at 7pm.
Please support North Harbour Branch sponsors.
Cyclespot Group, Major North Harbour Branch Sponsor
Grant donates vouchers monthly for Social Evenings and
 advertises in the monthly newsletter.  
Pop into Cyclespot and check out the range of bikes & accessories.
Ulysses North Harbour Branch Treasurer's Report Year Ended 31 March

The club has had another successful year, continuing to raise funds from various quarters. All club funds are derived from within our club. No funding is received from National.

The Donation - Golf Club hire covers 11 months with an average of $78.57 per club night being donated. A surplus of $39.27 for the year.

Our Quartermaster has continued to keep the store well stocked.  The interest and support from the club members shows in the sales figure of $2857 for the year.

Raffle income appears higher this year due to the fun night raising funds for hospice in memory of Vaughan.  The donation of $550 was transferred to Hospice leaving total of $2745.50 raised from raffles.

Voucher sponsors are again Cyclespot, Spectrum and ProRider. Sponsorship covers two years of meat raffle funds from Techmoto.

$1000 was moved to an interest bearing account, a total of $8935.97, earning interest of $160.46.

Several events have been held this financial year. A full statement is available for each event.  The Mid-Year BBQ and Branch Christmas Function were run at a loss, returning club funds back to members.

Click Here for a copy of The Branch Treasurers Report Year ended 31 March 2017
North Harbour Ulysses Facebook Page
North Harbour Ulysses Website
If it is your birthday this month, don't forget to take a bottle of wine for the raffles on club night.
If you have any unwanted gifts, donate them for the raffle prizes.
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Wine Bottle Caps
Save your bottle tops from your wine bottles and bring along to each monthly meeting. These get passed onto Lions Club who collect as a fundraiser for Child Dialysis.  Get your local restaurant on board and have them keep the bottle tops for you.  
Hi All,

We have rented a house for the AGM, and have 6 spare beds.
The price is $40.00 a night p/p
If anyone is looking for accommodation can you please let me know?

Kind regards
Cheryl Roberts
Kapiti Coordinator
Andrew Leader runs the "Twists and Turns" low speed manoeuvring sessions that Ulysses set up some years ago.

They are run on the first Saturday of the month at  Kelston Girls High School, 1 Archibald Rd, Kelston, West Auckland 0602.

All North Harbour members are invited to attend. 
It’s a great opportunity to practice all those key low speed skills in a safe, supportive environment.  For instance when did you last practice an emergency stop?  Plenty of skilled riders attend to help with technique and encouragement and they are not judgemental.  Better to practice where there are people to help pick the bike up if you lay it down!
 The school entrance is first on your right as you turn off Great North Road into Archibald Road: 
Andy #4460
Hitting the Road with Charlie

Ten people turned up today, but one was on his way south and chose not to come with us. The rest of us were led by Philip Burns to Kaukapakapa and then along Woodcocks Road, along the Mahurangi Peninsula and to Scotts Landing. It was low tide, the best time to visit here. We walked along the coast to the historic hotel building, and a couple of us walked out to Casnell Island. Lunch at Snells Beach. Once the ride broke up I rode down to Martin Bay and Scandrett Beach. The lovely Mahuranga peninsula should be the destination for rides more often!
16 people met this morning at BP Dairy Flat for a cruisey ride to Matakana. Bright blue skies and not a cloud in sight. RIC David McAnulty led us via HW16 to Wellsford and then over to the coast via the twisties into Matakana. Shane on his Victory volunteered as TEC and made sure we all arrived at the destination. The Black Dog Cafe couldn't accommodate us all, so we moved along for lunch at the Matakana Village Pub. It is great to see some new members and catch up with some members we haven't seen for a while. After lunch some riders took the direct route back home via HW1. Others chose to accompany us through Woodcocks Rd and HW16. If only the weather could be pre-booked like this for more rides. Thank you for joining us today, back home now with a nice cool beer that just slipped into our hands.
Peter Webb
Raffle Prizes and Tattle-Tales Wanted
 “Sheriff wants unwanted gifts and wine for birthdays and worthy events in your LIVES “
And please email ‘SHERIFF, I HAVE A TALE’ to Pete. 
Click Here for Printer Friendly Runs List
Click here to visit the Events Page on North Harbour Ulysses Website
Ulysses North Harbour
Runs and Event Calendar
Runs Coordinator
Rider in Charge (RIC) would appreciate all participants of rides to be at the departure point 10 minutes early with a full tank of gas.  If the weather looks suspect then please phone the RIC or check out North Harbour Ulysses facebook page to see if the ride is postponed or cancelled. 

The Rider in Charge will be organizing the day.  Contact them for details.  All riders participating in a Ulysses Ride are expected to hold a current motorcycle license, wear suitable clothing and to have a registered and warranted road-worthy bike.

The organizers and/or the Ulysses Club are not responsible for participants safety and all participants participate at their own risk.

All participants are aware that they are traveling on open public roads and are responsible for their own safety and compliance with all Rules and Laws.

Please check your runs list as some rides or destinations may have changed from initial calendar entry.
Club Night Meeting and Social Evening
Held at Pupuke Golf Club  
 231 East Coast Road (opp Sunnynook Rd) Campbells Bay
1st Thursday of the Month.
Meals available from 5.30pm and meeting starts at 7.00pm
Our next social dinner is on 19 April - 5:30pm onwards.  Please email Wayne Painter by Monday 17 if you intend to attend.
Africa is located at 1b William Pickering Drive, Albany
Midweek Tuesday and Wednesday Rides (check out NH Ulysses facebook page for details.)
Are you free to ride Midweek?
Why not join fellow Ulyssians on Wednesday's
Departs NS Cossie Club at 10.30am
Destination decided on the day.
These rides are proving very popular.
Highlight your calendar with these upcoming rides or events.

Runs & Rallies

Twists and Turns - 2 -4pm Kelston Girls High School, 1 Archibald Rd, Kelston.  The school entrance is first on the right as you turn off Great North Rd.

nominations close 7th March 2017 ALL POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Held at Pupuke Golf Club, 231 East Coast Road (opp Sunnynook Rd) Campbells Bay, Meals are available from 5.30pm and meeting starts at 7.30 pm Email Wayne for dinner reservations.
Whangaparoa Soapbox Derby - Whangaparoa 10th Anniversary Soap Box Derby 2017, the theme is …. SPEED. On Saturday 8th April 2017 is the Whangaparaoa Local Race, with Sunday 9th April 2017 the NZ finals. The 2017 Fund Recipients will be donated to the Coastguard Hibiscus & Red Beach Surf Lifesaving Club. Once again I call on the generosity of you time and your members to be part of Parade of Champions on Sunday 9th April 2017 at Brightside Road, Stanmore Bay, starting at 9:00am and Finishers at 9:30am, it will be the same as last year, same place, same time, same everything. As this is a special event and the theme is speed we would like to promote the Ulysses Motor Cycle Club, maybe a static display, handing out pamphlets etc. or after the parade and before the trolley races start run the bikes up and down the track while the track announcer reads our something about the Club, please advise your thoughts.  Rob Bissett ph 027 733 3923

Paw Justice Charity Ride - MAJOR PRIZE 2017 VICTORY Highball Bikes Valued at $24,295 $20.00 entry Starting Wynard Quarter Viaduct Event Centre and finishing at Puhoi - See poster below
Buy Tickets here
Facebook link 

NATIONAL RALLY AGM 2017 Hosted by the Wairarapa Branch in Masterton. Registration from 12 noon Friday. Details in Ulyssian Date: Fri 14 Apr 2017 - Sun 16 Apr 2017

North Shore Dinner Night - Africa Bar, 1b William Pickering Drive, Albany Every 3rd Wednesday of the month (5:30 onwards), Bar & kitchen. 5:30 onward. Email Wayne if you are attending.

Ulysses Napier End of Summer Rally
- Hawkes Bay Ulysses Branch

Whangerai Heads - looking for a RIC please

St Johns Ambulance Run - Far North Ulysses.  Meet at Burger King at 10.30am  See ad below

Railway Café Helensville for Lunch - looking for a RIC please

North Harbour Ulysses Club Night - Pupuke Golf Club, 231 East Coast Road (opp Sunnynook Rd Campbells Bay, Meals are available from 5.30pm and meeting starts at 7.00pm, Email Wayne for dinner reservations.

Twists and Turns - 2 -4pm Kelston Girls High School, 1 Archibald Rd, Kelston.  The school entrance is first on the right as you turn off Great North Rd.

Waipu - Marsden Point Looking for a RIC please

 Do we go to Daikoku Takapuna for Lunch? Let me know if anyone you are keen - need to make a group booking and ask for a discount :) Niki 027 885 3614

North Shore Dinner Night - Africa Bar, 1b William Pickering Drive, Albany Every 3rd Wednesday of the month (5:30 onwards), Bar & kitchen. 5:30 onward. Email Wayne if you are attending.

Coromandel Loop - looking for a RIC

Raglan looking for a RIC


North Harbour Ulysses Club Night - Pupuke Golf Club, 231 East Coast Road (opp Sunnynook Rd Campbells Bay, Meals are available from 5.30pm and meeting starts at 7.00pm, Email Wayne for dinner reservations.

Twists and Turns - 2 -4pm Kelston Girls High School, 1 Archibald Rd, Kelston.  The school entrance is first on the right as you turn off Great North Rd.

Shelly Beach looking for a RIC

Sandspit looking for a RIC

Bethells Beach looking for a RIC

North Shore Dinner Night - Africa Bar, 1b William Pickering Drive, Albany Every 3rd Wednesday of the month (5:30 onwards), Bar & kitchen. 5:30 onward. Email Wayne if you are attending.

Ulysses Club Waikato Branch Okataina Rally
Theme: 21st Birthday Party. Cost: $75pp includes bunk room or camp site accommodation, rally badge, Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and dinner, Sunday breakfast. Register at or email 
Date: Fri 23 Jun 2017 - Sun 25 Jun 2017

Kaiaua looking for a RIC


Mid Winter Social
- North Shore Squash Club. Registrations to come.

Matakana - looking for a RIC please

North Harbour Ulysses Club Night - Pupuke Golf Club, 231 East Coast Road (opp Sunnynook Rd Campbells Bay, Meals are available from 5.30pm and meeting starts at 7.00pm, Email Wayne for dinner reservations.


NOTE:  Ulysses’ events in BOLD
For more details of each event see ad at end of The Ulyssian, or Ulysses website – or, contact local Coordinator or, use Google.
Talk to Barry Holland regarding rider training or visit the Prorider website for course and booking information. 
Become part of the Pro Rider Community
Visit your local motorcycle/scooter shop and ask about a Ride Forever voucher from Pro Rider, get one for a friend. Book via the Pro Rider website and have your say on our Facebook page!
The Pro Rider Riders Club is coming soon. Keep an eye on Facebook!
Check out ProRider Website for all available courses.
Our Club Insurances have been renewed again for the coming year with AON.
Please note, our insurer has made particular mention that we communicate to all members that in the event of a incident that may require activating our insurance policy that the insured party (that's all of us as members of the Club) does NOT admit liability for, or settle any claim or incur any defence costs without the prior written consent of the insurer (that's AON).  In other words admit nothing and immediately advise Natcom of the situation.
This information is posted on the links page of the Club website.  

ULYSSES 2016  

            AON has a New Policy Wording with a New Underwriter:
In collaboration with NZI, Aon has a new improved policy wording for Motorcycles.  This Prestige Motorcycle Policy gives you the best of the best in cover for all types of On-Road Motorcycles including 3 wheelers, Off-Road Motorcycles including Quad Bikes, Competition Motorcycles (not covered whilst racing), Motorcycle Collections and Classic/Vintage Motorcycles.  A new policy wording will be sent out shortly.
Some of the BENEFITS:
New replacement Motorcycle if a total loss occurs within 12 months of the insured motorcycle being first registered as a new Motorcycle up to 20,000km – this increases to 24 months and 30,000km for Ulysses Members.
Windscreen/shield, headlights or tail lights covered – Nil excess
Roadside Assistance is now provided on comprehensively covered motorcycles by
FIRST ASSISTANCE – 0800 120 102
AUTOMATIC RIDING APPAREL cover - $5,000 (indemnity value) any one claim per year.
Option to have REPLACEMENT RIDING APPAREL cover - $5,000 (REPLACEMENT value) any one claim per year.  Premium for Ulysses Members $50 plus GST.  (Normally $75+GST)
DISCOUNTS DISCOUNTS DISCOUNTS – Age Discounts, Multiple Bike Discount (conditions apply), Loyalty Discounts, Trike Discounts, Named Rider Discounts and the Restricted Usage Discount – this is now based on riding less than 7,500km per year, per bike! (was 5,000km)
LOWER EXCESSES – The standard policy excess is now $250 (plus underage excesses applying), $500 theft excess and on approved track days a $750 excess only will apply.
RIDE FOREVER If you complete a Ride Forever training course, provide us with your certificate and we will apply a NIL excess for one claim within 12 months of completing this course.
Call us on 0800 65 62 64 and ask for Leonie, Annaliese or Brandon if you have any queries.
ASURE Accommodation Group
Welcome to ASURE Accommodation Group – a nationwide group of motels, motor inns, motor lodges and apartments strategically placed throughout New Zealand, offering you quality, affordable accommodation. 
10% discount is available to all Ulysses Club Members for bookings made online on using the promo code Ulysses  
In addition, all members are eligible to receive our ASURE Loyalty Programme – stay at three or more ASURE properties and receive $100 off your tenth night stay.
Completed loyalty cards must be redeemed direct with the ASURE property and cannot be redeemed online.
Terms & Conditions: Discount available on room only, excludes public holidays and special events and cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion.
You will need to enter your Ulysses Club membership card number to complete your booking – see screenshots below, and you will need your card when you arrive at the accommodation.
A discount of 10% off the best available fare applies for travel dates
1 February through to 19 December 2016
Booking conditions and instructions for members are:
Each reservation must be made direct with Interislander online at
Also check out our Premium Plus onboard lounge upgrades for total comfort at for 18yrs plus
Simply insert the Promo code “XULY1”on the “Payment details” page then click on “enter” and this will apply the discount.
Membership card is required at the terminal on check in.  No membership card and retail fares will be charged.
Space is subject to availability at the time of the booking request.
The normal conditions of the above fare type apply - e.g. Easy Change is 100% refundable if cancelled.
Bookings made through our call centre are at regular rates.
Members Free Ads

Space here for Members advert.  Please include Your name and membership number.
Paul #8047 & Niki Morrison #8052
Paul Gallagher # 3266
Clive Hawthorne #8617
Dennis Linton
Steve Brackenridge  New Member
Ben Becker 

Need that badge sewn on, then call in on Merine.
Phone 021 708677
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