top of page

August 2022 Newsletter


Whanganui River Activity

A forgettable winter so far with two planned 6km Blinkhorne and Carroll Races being postponed and ultimately cancelled due to problematic river conditions and foul weather dominating the local scene!

A rare good day on our awa saw Trevor, Brocky, with our two Rangitikei College scullers, Sam Rooke, and Robyn van Dijk, having the opportunity to join two of our most experienced athletes.

Sam and Robyn greatly appreciated the wisdom imparted by the two veterans.

“The Young and the Old”. Trevor, Brocky, Sam and Robyn.


International News

Due to a variety of reasons, our Kiwi Olympic Gold Medallists, Kerri and Grace, did not get to race together on the International circuit until World Cup 3 at Lucerne, where they held off some strong competition to win the Womens Coxless Pair.

They have remained training in the UK to enable Grace to complete her academic requirements at Cambridge, however, will return to NZ in time for the Final NZ Trials in the first week of August.

The NZ Elite Rowing Team depart on 3 September and will have a final training camp at Pusiano, Italy, prior to competing at the World Rowing Championships at Racice in the Czech Republic, from 18 to 25 September.

Unfortunately, Jackie Gowler and Georgia Nugent O’Leary are currently injured. We wish them both a speedy recovery to enable them to be in peak condition to be part of the Kiwi Rowing Team.


Missing Ergometer

Our erg specialist, Jacs Rush, has advised that our gym is missing an ergometer.

It is possible that someone borrowed an erg during the Covid lockdown last year and presumably has overlooked its return, although other scenarios could have occurred.

Our new ergs cost $2,200 each and we would obviously as the missing machine returned urgently – please check it hasn’t taken up residence at your residence!


Club Memberships

All members who were financial for the 2021/22 Season, were emailed two months ago to renew memberships. At this point, 11 people have responded (from a possible 70) so this is a reminder that the 2022/23 membership form is on the Aramoho Whanganui Rowing Club Web Site and we look forward to receiving your renewal. (Note that the Rowing NZ Levy has been increased to $104.00 for those who intend to compete in formal regattas).

The question has been asked why is there a need to complete the Membership Form each year? The answer is that individual contact and emergency contact details can change and it is important these are up to date as far as possible.


Associate Members

This membership grouping is available to non-active members for only $50.00 per year and is a classification that our committee is eager to grow – we had 5 Associate Members last year and there is the potential to increase this substantially.

If you would like to assist our numbers in this way, the Membership Form on the website includes this category.



Barb Hammond and Annie Pawson undertake an excellent job on behalf of the Club with their applications to various funding organsations. However, we do have a significant requirement to also complement this with our own fundraising initiatives, as there is a need to demonstrate on applications that we are not solely dependent on charities.

Also, the club’s running costs are always increasing (the cost of living impacts rowing clubs too!) and while your committee is reluctant to increase membership fees, this may be the only alternative.

Coming up we have the opportunity to undertake the social activities of the NZ Universities Regatta next month as well as an ergathon fundraiser planned for Saturday 1 October. We are optimistic that both activities will yield a substantial profit…

Some WHS Members recently gave their time undertaking a gardening working bee for an Aramoho resident. This resulted in a $300.00 donation being given to the Club. Thank you, Bea, Mesina, Reeve and Eli!


Historic Item

Club Patron, Allan Luff, was recently given a photo of the Aramoho Boating Clubs 1914 winning “Tesla Four”. The photo was about to be disposed of.

Tesla Studios operated in Wanganui from 1908 until the 1970’s. They offered a studio photograph of the Aramoho, Wanganui and Union Clubs’ winning crews who competed within their own respective clubs in a coxed four which included at least one of those respective clubs novice members.

The photo below, would be one of the earliest provided by Tesla Studios.

Note – the “Trainer” ready with towel at the Tesla Studios!


Annual General Meeting

7.00pm Monday 22 August, 2022

All members are requested to attend!

If your Club is worth belonging to it is important you demonstrate your commitment by attending this meeting once a year and taking part in decisions that will impact our Club for the next 12 months and beyond.


Coming Up

  • Sunday 14 August – Winter Series 6km Race – After Match Function at Union Boat Club

  • Monday 22 August – AGM

  • Sunday 11 Sepember – Winter Series

  • Saturday 17 September – NZ Masters Champs – Karapiro

  • Friday 23 and Saturday 24 September – NZ Universities Regatta – Aramoho

  • Saturday 1 October – Ergathon



“The only one who can tell you ‘you cant win’ is you, and you don’t have to listen” - Jessica Ennis-Hill


We couldn't do this without our sponsors...


Have a good photo we should share with others?

We are always on the hunt for photos. If you have one that you want to feature in an upcoming newsletter, send it to



bottom of page