NZHRA Monthly Newsletter - August 2015
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Hi <<First Name>>, and welcome to the Monthly Member News.

Even though we're in the middle of winter, it's been a big month here at NZHRA, with our July Executive meeting followed closely by this year's CRC Speedshow, not to mention the man flu, suffered by several of the Executive (and a less severe version by the office staff).

Wade Nisbet (Zone 1 Director) and I flew the NZHRA flag at the CRC Speedshow this year, and I would just like to congratulate the organisers on a fantastic event.  It was great to see some Hot Rods in a different context, and we managed to match a few Hobby Car Technical Manuals up with a few car builders too.  All round, well worth attending.

Health and Safety is in the news, of course, and our dedicated sub-committee has been working overtime to ensure we remain in the midst of it all.  Ron Ward (Zone 6 Director) in particular has gone above and beyond, and has put something together a little later in this newsletter.

This is an election year here at NZHRA, just as it is every 2nd year, and with three Zone Directors stepping down, and a vote currently underway, there will be some changes after the AGM in October.  Remember:  your Zone Director is your voice to the Association, so make sure you go along to Club and Zone meetings and keep those communication lines open.

Stay warm and dry, and more importantly, safe on those roads.

Yours in Rodding
Warren Pattinson
NZHRA President

An Update on the Health & Safety Reform Bill

The key changes that have been made to the Health and Safety Reform Bill 2013 presented in parliament on 24th July, indicate that the issue around volunteers will be as per the present law.  This means that if your Club does not employ any person, for any service, it appears that at this stage your level of liability regarding Health and Safety, will not change.

The NZHRA Health and Safety Sub-Committee will remain focused on these and any further developments as the Bill transitions into law.

As part of our commitment to Clubs, the Sub-Committee will also ensure that any part of the law which may affect Clubs, and specifically the need to show evidence that a considered approach has been taken with regard to speed events in particular, will be communicated to Clubs.  This may be in the manner of an electronic or paper form, and followed up with a road show.

In the meantime, there will be a need for a greater level of vigilance around Health and Safety issues, and Clubs are reminded that they must always act accordingly.

If your Club has any queries around the Bill, please contact the NZHRA at any time.

Zone 11 Director, Peter Watson, who is also our representative to LVVTA, recently gave up a day to attend G&H Training facility in Lower Hutt, on behalf of the Association.  He was there to shed some light on the history and culture of Hot Rodding, to a class of pre-apprenticeship automotive students.

At a recent NZHRA Strategy Day, the importance of securing a viable future for Hot Rodding stood out as an important issue, and something that the Association would like to actively tackle.  One of the solutions put forward, and subsequently acted upon, was finding future certifiers, to ensure new builds can continue to find their way onto New Zealand public roads.  

The next solution, was finding young Hot Rodders, to carry the culture into the future.

Enter Peter Watson, who is a working certifier, speaking to a class full of young people who want to modify their vehicles and didn't realise that, because of the work of countless Hot Rodders before them, they can actually do so legally.  Specifically, the do's and don't's of lowering your vehicle were discussed in great detail.

The tutor has subsequently called the office.  That class is building a T Bucket from scratch, and got the students from the carpentry class next door to build them a wooden chassis, to get them started.  The technical knowledge that Peter was able to impart to these students was invaluable in itself, but it was the culture of building your own individual car, and then driving it legally, that really had the biggest impact.  The students are now excited and engaged, and he could not thank us enough for that.

We're rapt too, and looking for other ways to engage the next generation of Hot Rodders.
Is your Hobby Car Technical Manual up to date?
  • If it looks like this, then:  yes it is.
  • If it doesn't look like this, then:  give the NZHRA Office a call, and have your manual number handy (on contents page)
To make sure you're as informed as you can be, you might also like to check out the "documents" page, on LVVTA's website.  They have newsletters, safety alerts, infosheets and much more.  
New Zealand Transport Agency's review of Low Volume Vehicle Technical Association

You may have read recently that the NZTA, with the help of Standards New Zealand, is  undertaking a review of LVVTA's certification process.  The NZHRA maintains a close relationship with LVVTA, and continue to support their commitment to modified vehicles in New Zealand.  We agree that a review such as this will only be good for all of us, and we wish all parties well throughout this process.

In the meantime, please find below a press release from LVVTA, which may answer some questions.
Click here to read LVVTA's response to upcoming NZTA reveiw
This annual event is a hot ticket on any hot rodder's calendar, and a huge effort from the Palmerston North Hot Rod Club Members has resulted in the best swap meet yet.  There were many more people through the gates than in previous years, and the news from stall holders was all positive.  Not only a great day out for members of the public and hot rodders alike, but the swap meet also resulted in some massive local donations:
  • $5,000 to Arohanui Hospice
  • $1,500 to local fire brigades
  • $500 to Feilding High School band

Well done Palmerston North Hot Rod Club!  You can have a little break before doing it all again on 6th August 2016.

Does your Club have a good news story?

We know that a lot of Hot Rod Clubs are very busy in their local communities, and we want to celebrate that.  If you think your Club deserves some credit for what they do in your region, please email Alicia to start the conversation.
Rulebook Revision Progress Report  July  2015

The new Incorporated Societies Bill is making its way through parliamentary process, but has not as yet been voted by Parliament.  The Rulebook Revision team continues to work quietly behind the scenes and met in Tauranga Friday 10 July 2015 to plan actions for the year ahead, and reported back to NZHRA Executive on Friday evening. To ensure everyone understands what the Rulebook Revision Team is about, it was agreed that a roles and responsibilities document be put in place. Once approved by NZHRA Executive this will be available for members to view on request. Ask the office or your Zone Director. 

It was agreed to continue working our way through the “have to” components of the constitution. One of the next “have to” rules is an improved Disputes process that is  more detailed and fair to all.  As soon as this is drafted we will share it with you.  We reviewed our consultation processes to date and decided we needed to email information directly to all members, or post to those who prefer hardcopy. Clubs will also receive an emailed copy. The most successful consultation was the road show held early this year so it has been agreed to hold another road show for members February and March 2016.  

Individual members as well as clubs are invited to share their views on various aspects of the constitution and rulebook.  People can directly contact:

President, Warren Pattinson,
Rulebook Revision Team 

Or talk to your local Zone Director.
Protecta Insurance continues to be a huge supporter of NZHRA.  Not only do they offer a 10% discount to all NZHRA Affiliated Members, they are as always, involved in many upcoming events including:
  • The recent Palmerston North HRC Swap Meet
  • Classics in the City on 29th August 
  • Stragglers Rod & Kustom Car Show in November
  • Caffeine and Classics, Smales Farm, North Shore, Auckland on the last Sunday of every month

For more information on the Classics in the City event please click here to see the flyer.  For swap sites at $20 per site, please call Ray on 021-223 6851
2015 Street Rod Nationals

Another month closer, and the excitement is building as Bay Rodders Inc. start to see those entries rolling in.

A couple of things to remember:
  • Please ensure your entry forms are completed in full, to secure your place - you can download an entry form here.
  • Make sure your Stock Stickers, Fender Exemptions, Certifications and Affiliations are up to date, as all of these will be checked at registration time - check with your Zone Director or the NZHRA Office with any queries.
  • Remember that there is a travel fund provided by NZHRA to assist those traveling from the South Island.
Haven't sorted your accommodation yet?  You'd better get onto it, as it is a busy time of year in Mt Maunganui.  A holiday destination in itself, the weather will be more than suitable for camping, and with room for up to 200 caravans on site, it should be quite a party.  The committee have also provided a list of alternative accommodation options here.

For an idea of what's planned so far, click here for a draft itinerary.

Still have questions?  Please click here to email the event planning committee.
Looking for that perfect Fathers Day present?

Don't miss out on the last of the first edition t-shirts, at the special price of $25 + postage.

Call the NZHRA Office on 07-575 7606 to purchase.
Fender Exemption Renewals are now due.

Did you know that you have to renew your Fender Exemption every year?  And that it must be done prior to 31st August?

Did you also know that you must be currently affiliated, for the 2015-2016 year, before your renewal can be processed?

If you have a current Fender Exemption, but have not received a renewal form in the mail, please contact the NZHRA office.  We'll get a form out to you, and check that we have your address correct for next year.

If you have sent in your Fender Exemption Renewal form, and haven't received your new card yet, it could be because we haven't received your Affiliation for the new year.  Check with your Club that you are all paid up.

If you have any other queries, please call the NZHRA Office on 07-575 7606.
Plans are underway for the 2016 Classic Cover Insurance National Hot Rod Show.  Zone 9 Clubs are combining to bring this show together, which will be held in Christchurch over Easter weekend 2016.  

The venue is a unique but very suitable one - the Riding for the Disabled premises at the A&P Showgrounds, with plenty of room for all.

The Pre49 Rod Run is being held in Omarama immediately following the National Show - why not attend both, if you are able.

Ready to register?  Please click here for the Registration Form.

Need more info?  Please click here for the Participation Pack.

Thank you to Claire French of Feilding Rod & Classic Club, for sending in (by snail mail) this photo of her beloved '30 Roadster Replica.  Like so many Hot Rodders around the country, Claire loves taking her car to as many events as possible, and meeting "awesome people" in the process.

Claire wins our Picture of the Month competition, with a copy of Steve Holmes' book "A Kiwi Hot Rodder's Guide to Life 2" is on its way to her now.
Send in a picture of your vehicle and you could be in to win!  The photo doesn't have to be taken by a professional - as long as it shows off your car's best features.

Every month we will choose a winner, who will receive a copy of The Kiwi Hot Rodders Guide to Life 2 by Steve Holmes.  With your permission, we will also put your photo forward to possibly be turned into a lolly tin, like those you may have seen at The Warehouse.
Please include your Name and Member Number when you send in a picture, so we know who you are, and send the photo to

IMPORTANT - Please ensure you are allowed to send us the photo, and that it is of your car.  If it was taken by a photographer, please let them know that you are sending it in.
Congratulations to Colin Campbell of Stragglers Rod & Kustom Club in Hamilton!  Your name was pulled out randomly from our list of affiliated Members, and a massive bucket of Mother Car Care products is on its way to you.  Thanks Mothers!
Thanks to the guys at Hot Rod Revue, who have kindly given us some DVD's to give away.  This month we picked at random: Ryan Darrah of Auckland Hot Rod Club Inc. and Rob Fowler of Oceanside Street Rods Inc. who should both now have their copies.

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