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

Well, it's quite obvious to most of us that winter is here, although for some of us that just means we get more time in the shed preparing for next summer's events.  A major event this summer, of course, is the 2015 Street Rod Nationals in Mount Maunganui, hosted by Bay Rodders Inc. and generously supported by Century Yuasa Batteries and Classic Cover Insurance.  The NZHRA Executive have chosen to move the AGM to Labour Day Monday, so that we can all attend the event as well.  I'm looking forward to seeing lots of our Members and their cars at this event, which promises to be one to remember. 

Before all of that, I'll also be representing NZHRA at the CRC Speedshow this year, and am looking forward to the large hot rodding flavour in this year's one.  If you see the NZHRA stand there, pop over and say hello.

In the meantime, the various Executive sub-committees have been busy working on their contributions, not least of which is our submission to government regarding the upcoming changes to health and safety legislation.  We will know more after the July meeting, so there will be more to follow on this.

Don't forget that the end of June sees the deadlines for Life Membership nominations, requests for Remits, and Zone Director nominations.  We have already had two nominations for two different zones, but if you think you could bring something to the Association in your region, why not bring it up with your Club?  If you have their support, some expertise and the willingness to represent your zone, that's all you need to throw you hat in the ring.

Yours in Rodding
Warren Pattinson
NZHRA President
Ever wondered what it's like to be a Zone Director?  Here it is from the perspective of Wade Nisbet, Zone 1 Director:

I have been the zone 1 director for approximately 2 years now, having taken over from our current president Warren, after many years at the helm in our zone. I am still coming to grips with all that this position entails. 

I have been involved in Hot rodding since the late 1980’s, as a wide eyed teenager. The first car I ever owned was a 1957 Belair sedan. I have since owned many rods and have built some from ground up, or just been a caretaker to some. Lately I have finished a scratch built 1927 Model T Ford roadster, driven it all over the North Island and am now in the middle of a 1939 Ford coupe hot rod. 

Being the NZHRA zone 1 Director has meant that I try to get to as many events within the area. This can be difficult due to the geographic challenges of Northland (3 hours travel from one end to the other). I have a family of 3 school age children and a very understanding wife that let me juggle a shift based job, an all-consuming hobby, Kids sports (netball, football, gliding), club events and meetings, zone events, executive meetings and duties. 

Staying in touch with the clubs can be challenging, but with the speed of communication available to us all now, that can be done with a lot less fuss than in the past. It is however very important for club secretaries to pass on, or make available, information coming from the NZHRA to all its members.

There are not many events within the zone that require NZHRA sanctioning, with much of the emphasis in zone 1 on cruising in our cars to the many and varied destinations, to simply enjoy the company of like-minded enthusiasts and their wonderful cars. I do need to be at events that have been sanctioned however to oversee the safety and security of activities such as grass khana and street khana.  
One other very important function of the position is to act as a conduit for information from the members, to the executive and back with regard to all aspects of the organisation. I am always willing to discuss and resolve queries from members as quickly as possible. 

As a member of the executive team I am tasked with duties to assist with the running of the association. This has proved to be both fun and challenging. Last year was my first time to be involved with the judging of a national show. I have been involved with organising similar events and it was interesting to be on the other side of the barriers doing the judging, getting a great close look at the cars and meeting the owners from all over the country. 

There is always room for new blood in the sport and I believe that we need to encourage this to ensure the survival of the sport. So if you are interested in knowing more about what is involved in being a zone director, don’t hesitate to ask one of them.  

Wade Nisbet - Zone 1 Director
Wade Nisbet's 1927 Model T
The NZHRA are pleased to be attending the Teng Tools Grand National Rod & Custom Show, as part of this year's CRC Speedshow, taking place over the weekend of 18th & 19th July at the ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane, Auckland.  As usual, the organisers expect a huge number of the general public to come along to the CRC Speedshow, and would like to show them something of New Zealand's hot rodding culture as well. Remember that this display is in a covered, secured hall and last year saw over 34,000 visitors so it’s one you won’t want to miss.  If you think you'd like to be involved, you should complete the attached form and send it back.  Or maybe you need more info?  Check out their website here. There isn’t too long to go now, so don't leave it for too much longer... We’d love to see as many hot rods there as possible!

From the Rulebook Revision Committee

NZHRA Rulebook Revision - June 2015

Further input and feedback on the Constitution of NZHRA is being sought from NZHRA members.  We would like a good cross-section of the membership to participate, to ensure we have as much feedback as possible.  Thank you to the members who have responded already.

So far we have the following items available in draft form:
  • Mission Statement - what is the main reason for being an Association.
  • Purposes - what are the main things the Association will be responsible for. In the current NZHRA Constitution they are called objectives (page 59 of the rulebook).  The name change is part of the new Incorporated Societies Act.
  • Powers - what NZHRA is allowed to do (page 60 of the current rulebook).
  • Zone Director Job Description 2015-2016 - rewritten to align more closely with the new requirements of the Incorporated Societies Act.
The Rulebook Committee is meeting on Friday 10th July.  A report from this meeting will be tabled at the NZHRA Executive meeting the following day, and a strategy developed to encourage more consultation with the membership.

NZHRA members who wish to receive draft rule revisions as they are completed can contact either Warren Pattinson at, or the Rulebook Committee at

An incorporated society is one that is governed by the members, for the members. All NZHRA members are encouraged to take part in the rulebook revision, which will help take NZHRA well into the 21st century.  Your involvement is very much appreciated.

NZHRA Rulebook Committee
The awesome people at Trouble Bound Hot Rod Club Inc. in Avondale, Auckland were very proud to be able to hand over this massive cheque to the NZ Gynaecological Cancer Foundation, recently.  It's been a huge effort by lots of individuals, and has involved the production and sale of their highly sought-after calendar, featuring their very own Club beauties.

The NZHRA is proud to be associated with the wonderful people from Trouble Bound.  Well done to you all, and thank you on behalf of the many people who are likely to benefit.

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.
2015 Street Rod Nationals

Bay Rodders Inc. advise that the planning is going very well for this Labour Weekend's event, with only a few smaller details left to finalise.  They've been holding regular meetings to ensure nothing is missed.  They do advise, however, that if you are not planning to camp onsite, you'll want to get your accommodation sorted sooner rather than later, and have provided a list of possibilities, here.  Don't leave your registration to the last minute, click here for the registration form.
The last of the first edition of Men's tee shirts is ON SALE now.  Get yours now for $25 (usually $30) + $6 courier, by emailing the office at
Click here for the latest LVVTA Newsletter

Congratulations to Craig McKechnie from Con-Rodders Inc. in Otago, for winning Picture of the Month in May.  Craig imported his '57 Chev 9 years ago and is just about finished it - just a clear coat to go.  We love that nod to the past.

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.
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: Chris Walker of North Canterbury Rodders Inc. and Martin Lambert of Street Machines & Customs Inc. who should both now have their copies.  Just one more reason to ensure you're affiliated to NZHRA.

Re-Affiliation time is rolling around soon, with the new year starting 1st July.  Make sure your Secretary knows that you want to re-affiliate, and ensure that we have as many contact details as possible - you wouldn't want to miss out on our monthly giveaways...

In the meantime, whether you're on a rod run or tinkering in the shed, we hope you have a great month.

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