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NZ Calendar 2017
Our National Festival 2017 will be held on 20th - 24th June at
Lindisfarne Methodist Community Centre
22 Lindisfarne St Invercargill

Click for the Festival Web Page
New Zealand Machine Knitters' Society Inc.
Festival Updates: (as at 6th April)

Workshops 1 & 24 are FULL (spares all others)

A shuttle will be provided between the venue & accommodation.

Tours are popular, especially to Milford Sound

Please register NOW to avoid disappointment.....

Area Dates & Venues:
Share The Experience -  Join the New Zealand Machine Knitters' Society
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:  (2016 - 2017)
President - Maureen Whale
North Island Vice President - Bronwyn Jensen
South Island Vice President - Margaret Smith
National Secretary - Janet Stuart
National Treasurer - Dianna Fenerty
Website Co-ordinator - Ann Cooper
Newsletter Editor - Katrina Bush
Links to photographic web pages from previous NZMKS Festivals & functions:

Photos from Manawatu Festival 2014

Photos from Mosgiel Festival 2015

Photo Galleries "Silver Needles 2016"

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

Meeting dates for Northland for the coming year.
20th May 2017, 22nd July, 23rd September,  25th November, 17th March 2018.
All our workshops are being held at the home of Evelyn Ashby,  5 Kennedy Street, Opua,  Bay of Islands, commencing at 10am.
We would welcome new members or any visitors for the day.
For further information contact Rose Walker 09 4067084

Area Knitting Days:
2017  August 19th
         November 18th
All workshops are held at the Pakuranga Baptist Church Lounge, 219 Ti Rakau Drive (enter from 2 Fremantle Place)
9:30am - tea/coffee available.
Workshops begin 10am and finish 2pm.
Feb, Apr & Aug - bring own lunch, Nov bring finger food for a shared lunch.
Visitors are welcome to our workshops and local club meetings.
For further information contact:Katrina Bush: ph: (09) 489 7088

Workshop Dates:
July 4th, September 9th, November 7th, March 17th 2018 ( AGM )
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.
Special Event: The Te Awamutu Machine Knitting Club are having their Annual Tutoring day on
May 3rd 2017.
Click here for full details.
Bay of Plenty

Area Days:
15 July 2017 at Owners and Trainers Lounge, Rotorua Racecourse
16 September 2017 in Tauranga at Robyns Cottage
18 November 2017 in Tauranga at Robyns Cottage
17 February 2018 at Owners and Trainers Lounge, Rotorua Racecourse
21 April 2018 in Tauranga at Robyns Cottage

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. 07 571 2157

East Coast

For further information, please contact Faye Lister or Tel. 06 867 9784
Hawkes Bay

Meeting Dates:
Please advise
Venues - Hastings: St Marks Church Hall, Park Rd; Napier: Community Hall, Tait Drive Greenmeadows East
Tea/coffee and biscuits supplied, all welcome. Mornings start 9.30am finish 12.30pm
Contact: Glenis Dalziel ph.06 8356504,

King Country

King Country Area
President- Gaye Hall Ph. 07 878 5969
Secretary- Maire Forsyth 06 762 5524
Treasurer- Eilish Hagenson 06-752 9181
Newsletter Editor Ena Wilson 07 895 5940
Meeting Dates:.
May 6th   Nell Tarrant  128 Kura Road  Taumarunui
July 15th  mid Winter Christmas dinner  “Tawa Glen “  Stratford
September 2nd Gaye Hall   68 Kopaki Road Te Kuiti
October 28th  Mokau  Eilish Hagenson
December 16th Piopio Fat Pidgeon  ( combination of both clubs ) for lunch and then onto Barbara Ussher for afternoon tea.
February 3rd 2018 Nola Holmes  76 Ward Street Taumarunui
March 24th A G M Okahakura  Hall Taumarunui
May 12th  Marie Forsyth  311 Mangaowata Road Whangamomona
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: Our Knit In dates for the coming year are

July 8th in Stratford
September 9th in New Plymouth
Nov 11th in Stratford

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:
May 19th-22nd, August 25th-28th
Contact Janet Stuart
Stratford Club meet in the St. John Hall, Regan Street, Stratford, on the 4th Sunday afternoon each month
Contact Elaine Were 06 765 7352 

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


Enquiries please contact Pat Moran

Dates for Area Days 2017
May 27, August 5, November 4
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


Enquiries please contact Alan Codyre


Enquiries please contact Ann Cooper 03 5484508


Enquiries please contact Shirley Sinclair 03 578 1851
Dates for our Canterbury Area Workshop days for 2017 are
May 27th,  August 5th, November 4th

Venue: Lounge of the Chapel Street Methodist Church Complex, cnr Harewood Road and Chapel Street, Papanui Christchurch. Entrance off the Car park. Time: 10.15am - 2.45pm
Councillors Jo Johnson ph 03 313 8681 Yvonne Jordan ph (03) 942 3795 Secretary Helen Angus (03)355 3030

The church and hall with its incorporated rooms have been rebuilt and newly opened at Christmas; hence the change in venue from the Reece room to the lounge. We have not tried it out yet but hope it will be fine.

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 Aspire Centre 314 Worcester Street, Christchurch 7.30- 9pm
Demonstrations are on Brother knitting machines. Enquiries: Jean Knott Secretary Ph: 03 3814545
Area Contact: Jo Johnson
South Canterbury

Area Meetings:
June 14. 78A McKenzie Street, GERALDINE
August 9.
October 11.
February 14.

Meetings are held in the CHURCH STREET BIBLE CHAPEL, TIMARU at 10.30 a.m.
Contact Shirley Anderson

Otago Area Club Meetings:   Area Contact: Margaret Smith
Next Area day:
13th May at Margaret Smith’s. 1:15. at 33A Lanark Street, Mosgiel
Contact phone 484 7488 All Welcome.
Taieri Club - Contact person Margaret Smith (meeting venues to be confirmed) Tel. 03 4847488 or 027 2016888
Passap Club - 4th Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at Val Payne’s 21 Watson Street Green Island. Phone 488 3511
Passap Electronic: Time and place set at meetings. Contact Val Payne 488 3511.

Next Area workshop day is at Hedgehope on Saturday 13th May. Come for a cup of tea at 9.30.
Workshop starts at 10. Lunch is provided. We welcome anybody from outside the Area to join us.

Festival 2017 Invercargill
Tuesday June 20th to Saturday 24th  June  (see Festival page)
Full day trip to Milford Sound Tuesday 20th   Final Dinner Saturday 24th

Invercargill Machine Knitters Club
Monthly meeting - 1st Thursday of the month at 7.30pm
For further information contact:
President Sharon McEwan 03 230 4543
Secretary Pat Patterson 03 230 4998
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