The Membership Sub: More than a token fee

6 April 2017

With the continual battle to get bums on seats, many clubs are looking to their membership fees to attract renewals and new members. The question that must now be asked "is it having the desired effect".

In the Club - The History of the Chartered Club Movement by Jack Rolfe OBE JP opens with establishment of the first clubs to appear in New Zealand. On October 12, 1840, the Wakefield Club was formed in Wellington, and was quite exclusive in nature with an admission fee of £25 , and an annual subscription of £5, these formidable fees undoubtedly were set to make the club exclusive. Shortly after the establishment of the Wakefield Club, a group of settlers met on December 16th 1841 and suggested that "great advantages to this colony would result from the establishment of a club which might promote a spirit of social intercourse among the colonists, and afford a means of showing hospitality to strangers..." It was with this meeting that the Wellington Club was formed, with a membership fee of £5. AW Beasley, author of The Club on The Terrace; states, "It seems unlikely, then, that the Wellington Club was a club set up in opposition to the Wakefield; rather, it was probably designed as a less ambitious and less costly complement to its older brother, achieving whatever exclusivity was required by the device of the blackball rather than by a financial barrier."

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Club Management Conference 2017 - Secure your Accommodation

6 April 2017

This year the Club Management Conference will be heading to Club Mount Maunganui from Tuesday 21st November through to Thursday 23rd November.

The team at Club Mount Maunganui have advised that November commences the busy period for accommodation in Mount Maunganui and recommend that you book your accommodation as soon as possible.

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Easter Sunday Trading - Shop Trading Amendment Act 2016

6 April 2017

Easter Sunday always causes a little confusion because while it is not a public holiday under the Holidays Act 2003 it is subject to Trading Restrictions under the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Act 2016.

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Clubs New Zealand 2017 Conference & AGM Wrap Up

30 March 2017

The Clubs New Zealand 2017 Conference & AGM was held from 23rd through to 25th March at the Clubs of Marlborough in Blenheim. It takes a lot of work to put together a conference & AGM of this size and we would like to thank the team at Clubs of Marlborough for their tireless effort, dedication and support in making this year’s conference & AGM a success.

Below is a wrap up of the 2017 Conference & AGM and where possible we have included PDF versions of the speaker’s presentations for you to view. Photos from the over the three days will be made available shortly on our Facebook page and we encourage you to share any snaps you have.

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Minimum Wage rises by 50c

28 March 2017

The minimum wage is going up from $15.25 to $15.75 per hour. Here's what you'll need to know for you club.

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Gambling Compliance: Updates to licensing application forms and payments

28 March 2017

Those who attended The Department of Internal Affairs Regional Forums towards the end of 2016 will know that the DIA are working on some updates to their licensing forms as well as a change to their payments approach.

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What food safety tools does your business need?

21 March 2017

The Ministry for Primary Industries have just released a new template food control plan – to make it easier for businesses like yours to comply with the Food Act.

Now they want to know what other tools you need. What else would help you follow your plan? This might include training materials, record keeping, videos – or anything that could make food safety easier.

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Contracting out the club's catering - things to consider before you negotiate a deal with a caterer

21 March 2017

It goes without saying that there is an increasing focus on the type and quality of food offered by clubs. The decision on how to best provide the right food at the right price is clearly a very important one. What it comes down to is whether it wishes to engage an external caterer.

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The Economics of Food - 4 tips for a profitable food operation

16 March 2017

Many clubs ask what is the best way to run their food operations? In-house, with all the pain of finding and keeping chefs, kitchen hands and wait staff, or contract it out and remove that headache? Well there is no right or wrong answer, just what suits you best at the time.

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Front of House

16 March 2017

Food is the number one driver of patrons to clubs and a critical part of the equation is how your front of house staff handle the interaction. Does dining at your clubs have a "wow" factor or a "whoa" factor?

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Class 4 Gambling Report

16 March 2017

A new report is available on the Department’s website providing key information on Class 4 gambling in an accessible format.

Included in this report is information on:

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Count down to the 2017 Conference - Visit the Expo for your chance to WIN

9 March 2017

The Clubs New Zealand Conference Expo has become a firm favourite and must attend event on the conference programme. This years Expo will be held on Thursday 23rd March from 10.00am till 6.00pm in the Clubs of Marlborough Main Hall.

Featuring a wide range of exhibitors we encourage you to come along enjoy a beer or wine, have a nosey and of course a chat with the wonderful exhibitors to see how they could help your club. As always you will have your chance to win an iPad Air 2 simply by having a chat to all our exhibitors and getting your expo passport completed.

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Get your hands on the future

With the Clubs New Zealand App

Get your hands on the future with Clubs New Zealand's App which can be downloaded on both Apple and Android.  The Clubs New Zealand App is all about helping you get more out of your membership. As a member of a club you can access any of our network of 300 member clubs as a reciprocal visitor and visiting a club is a breeze with the new digital membership card.

 

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