New Zealand Machine Knitters' Society Inc.
Promoting the craft of Machine Knitting throughout New Zealand
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Workshops for Beginners to Advanced Machine Knitters

Annual Festival - bringing together people from NZ and Overseas for expert tutoring, fashion parades, tours, exhibitions, trade stalls...

Newsletter providing hints and tips, patterns, updates on machine knitting events, parts, and service.
Contact:  (2015 - 2016)
National President - Jo Johnson
North Island Vice President - Maureen Whale
South Island Vice President - Margaret Smith
National Secretary - Janet Stuart
National Treasurer - Dianna Fenerty
Website Co-ordinator - Ann Cooper
Newsletter Editor - Katrina Bush
To submit content for our Quarterly Newsletter please email Newsletter Editor (patterns, recipes, articles etc. all welcome)
Area Dates & Venues


Contact person is Rose Walker Home: 09 4067084

Meeting dates for Northland for the coming year.

November 14th
March 2016 20th
All meetings are held at the home of Evelyn Ashby, 5 Kennedy Street Opua Bay of Islands.
Anyone visiting the North is welcome to attend.


Area Knitting Days:
Saturday 21st November
Venue: Pakuranga Baptist Church Lounge, 219  Ti Rakau Drive (enter from 2 Fremantle Place)
Doors open 9:30am -  cuppa available. Workshops: 10am - 2pm Bring own lunch (tea & coffee available).
Visitors are welcome to our workshops and local club meetings.
For further information contact:
Katrina Bush: ph: (09) 489 7088 or email


Workshop Dates:
November 17th  2015
March 19th  2016
Waikato Area workshops are held at the Presbyterian Church Hall, Canada Street, Morrinsville.
9.30am cup of tea and 10am start. Bring own lunch - cup of tea / coffee supplied

For further information Contact Rose Fitness   Ph 07 884 8576
112b Stanley Avenue, Te Aroha, 3320
Any knitter visiting our Area is most welcome to attend both Workshops and Club Meetings.

Bay of Plenty

Area Days:
Saturday 21st November - St Enochs Church hall, 16th Av, Tauranga
Saturday 20th Feb 2016. - Owners & Trainers Lounge, Rotorua Racecourse
Saturday 16th April - St Enochs Church Hall, 16th Av, Tauranga - AGM

Time: 9.30am to 3/3.30pm. Tea/Coffee provided. Bring your own lunch.

Anyone in the Area are invited to attend these very informative and fun days.

Enquiries:  Rex Parker, 7 Taranui Place, Ohauiti, Tauranga 3112. Ph. 07 5712157

East Coast

For further information, please contact Faye Lister or Tel. 06 8679784

Hawkes Bay

Meeting Dates:
November 21st Hastings
March 5th 2016 Napier
April 16th A G M Hastings.
Hastings: St Mark's, Park Road. Napier: Napier Community Hall, Tait Drive Greenmeadows East.
If you are visiting our Area and would like to join us, we would be delighted to see you.
Tea, Coffee and Biscuits are supplied. Mornings start 9.30am finish 12.30pm
Contact Alice Lumb ph 06 8447517 Email:

King Country

King Country Area
President- Gaye Hall Ph. 07 878 5969 contact email
Secretary- Maire Forsyth 06 762 5524
Treasurer- Eilish Hagenson 06-752 9181
Newsletter Editor Ena Wilson 07 895 5940
Meeting Dates:
Oct 31st      Gaye Hall Kopaki
Nov 28th     Eilish Hagenson  Aria Tce,  Mokau
Jan 30th 2016 Ena Wilson (was 13th Feb.)
Apr 2nd (not the 9th.)  Okahakura  Hall Taumarunui A G M
May 14th Barbara Kilgour Aria Tce. Mokau

All meetings start with a cuppa at 9.30am, any information required, please contact:
Gaye Hall 07 8785969, Nell Tarrant 07 8966284, or Eilish Hagenson 06 7529181. Everyone welcome

Taumarunui Club
meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month at the Arts Centre,
Hakaaha Street., Taumarunui Contact Gaye Hall  07 878 5969
Ohura Cub meets in a member's home each month, please contact Nell Tarrant on 07 896 6284
Anyone wishing to attend our meetings please contact one of the above Nos., everyone is most welcome.


Knit In dates:
Oct 16- 17- 18 Eltham Workshop Weekend*
Nov 8th Sunday at Stratford St John Hall
Feb 13th 2016 New Plymouth Disabled Citizen Rooms
March 18th 19th 20th Eltham Workshop Weekend*
April 9th AGM at Waitara Senior Citizen Hall

All Area Day Knit Ins start at 9.30am with a cuppa and demos start at 10.00.
The day finishes approx. 3.00pm with afternoon tea.
For details contact Janet Stuart 06 755 2087 or Maureen Whale 06 755 2520

*Eltham Workshop Weekends

Come Friday morning for a weekend of knitting, get help with something you are having trouble with,
heaps of fun and fellowship. If you can’t come for the full weekend come for a part perhaps a day or afternoon.   
Contact Janet Stuart -
Hawera club meet on the 3rd Tuesday evening.
Contact Jennifer Dudley 06 278 8328 or Val Scown 06 273 4018
Stratford club meet on the 4th Sunday afternoon each month
Contact Elaine Were 06 765 7352 or Judy Shaw 06 765 6246 

Waitara club meet 4th Tuesday afternoon contact Carol Hancock 06 754 8702

New Plymouth club meet on the 3rd Tuesday evening at the Disabled Citizens Craft Rooms.
Contact Maureen Whale 06 755 2520 or Janet Stuart 06 755 2087

Manawatu  Jul 2015 Newsletter  Mittens pattern

Dates for Area Days:
November 7
These Teach-Ins start with a "cuppa" at 9.30
and then the meeting starts 10.00am.
These days will be held at the St.John Ambulance Hall,
Bowen Street, Feilding.

A warm welcome will be given to visitors from other Areas
Enquiries: please contact Beulah Farland Tel. 06 355 5725

Knit-In 2015 29th Oct. to 1st Nov. Venue El Rancho Waikanae (see Newsletter above)
It is time to have the Registrations in for those of you who haven’t registered already. 
At present we have 15 registered but we are hoping for at least 20.
Please register with Ray Lauridsen 
or phone (06) 3572720 as soon as possible.


November 21st
The teach-ins are held at The Wool Shed, 12 Dixon Street, Masterton (use side entrance),
starting at 9.30 with a cup of tea and the business starting at,
pot luck lunch and finish with a cup of tea at approx 3pm Contact Pat Moran

Enquiries please contact Alan Codyre


Enquiries please contact Ann Cooper 03 5484508


Club meeting night is the 2nd Monday in the month,
held at 127 A Alabama Road.
There are no more day meetings.


Our Canterbury Area workshop days for 2015 are (all Saturdays)
November 7th
The venue is as before:
The Reece room of the Chapel Street Methodist Church
(Cnr Harewood Road and Chapel Street), time 10.15am- 3pm.
Shared finger food lunch .The church is going to be demolished
and rebuilt next year but that will not affect the separate Reece Room
although the amount of parking on site will be reduced but there is
plenty of on-street parking.

Councillors Jo Johnson Ph 03 3138681 and Yvonne Jordan 03 9423795,
or secretary Helen Angus 03 3553030
The Christchurch Knitting Machine Club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month
(February - November) at The Disabled Persons Centre Worcester Street, Christchurch 7.30- 9pm
Demonstrations are on Brother knitting machines. Enquiries: Jean Knott Secretary Ph: 03 3814545
Area Contact: Helen Angus

South Canterbury

Area Meetings:
October 14.
February 10 2016
Meetings are held in the CHURCH STREET BIBLE CHAPEL,
TIMARU at 10.30 a.m. Contact Shirley Anderson


Otago Area Club Meetings:
Next Area days

Sat. October 3
at Margaret Smith’s home 33A Lanark Street, Mosgiel
Sat. December 5
at Margaret Smith’s home 33A Lanark Street, Mosgiel
Taieri Club - Contact person Margaret Smith,
(meeting venues to be confirmed)
Tel. 03 4847488 or 027 2016888
Toyota Club Held at Geraldine McLennan's
21 London Street Dunedin
2nd Monday afternoon  Contact  Mary Crawford  - 489 4401

Passap Club Roving homes- Contact Val Payne 488 3511
4th Monday 7.30pm

Passap Beginners Held at Val Payne's 21 Watson Street, Green Island
Day & times set at meetings. Ph: 488 3511

Passap Electronic  Time and place set at meetings
Area Contact: Margaret Smith


Our next Area day is to be the 7th November at Hedgehope starting at 9.30 am

Invercargill Machine Knitters Club:
Monthly meeting - 1st Thursday of the month at 7.30pm
For further information contact Diana Alexander evenings 03 2304036
New members welcome.

Eastern Southland Machine Knitters Club meets the 4th Thursday
evening of every month at the Hokonui Fellowship meeting room
in Redmond Street, Gore, at 8pm during daylight saving hours and
at 7.30pm during normal time. 
Contact Rosemary Pettersson Tel. 03 208 4489

Area Contact: Anne Baxter

Links to photographic web pages from previous NZMKS Festivals & functions:

Photos from Tauranga Festival 2013
Photos from Manawatu Festival 2014
Photos from Mosgiel Festival 2015
Slideshow from Marg Tulloh on YouTube

Links to NZMKS members' websites:
Laurel Judd Doreen Berge  Jan Hughes

Links to other craft websites:
D.E.A. Yarns Levin
Anna Gratton Ltd.  Feilding
Dormani Yarns (Tony Bennett, Australia)
Mohair Craft NZ (branches in Auckland Area)
Ruddington Framework Knitters' Museum Nottingham UK
Maggi Bloice's Knitting Machine Museum Brittany, France

Links to KiwiKnitters Email Group     OzMkers Email Group   Machine Knitters' Association
of Victoria