That nasty Cyclone Cook travelled down the country, wrecking havoc here and there, and fortunately for us, veered away slightly from our area before travelling South. A massive clean-up is underway in the North Island after Cyclone Cook carved a destructive swathe across eastern regions overnight. Heavy rain and strong wind watches remain in force for southern regions as the cyclone unleashes its final sting before moving away from the country tonight. Originally touted as “comparable to the Wahine storm” everyone was very worried indeed. The sinking of the Lyttelton–Wellington ferry Wahine on 10th April 1968 was New Zealand's worst modern maritime disaster, with the loss of over 50 people.
With Cook out of the way, the attendees at the rally at Foxton breathed a collective sigh of relief and settled down to enjoy themselves. About 40 vans were in attendance, some travelling from Auckland, Gisborne, and Hawkes Bay, with plenty from the local region.
Some of the vans parked at Manawatu College
There were a few dogs along for the weekend, and one couple along their beloved birds, snapped outside enjoying the sunshine.
Caravanning is for the birds!
The Opening Ceremony took place on Friday afternoon, and the banner holders were led into the hall behind a piper. There is nothing like bagpipes to get the pulse racing, I always feel.
Here come the banner holders
The 24th CCNZ National Rally was officially opened.
Presentations were then made. Graham and Heather from the Wairarapa Club were presented with their 200th Rally awards.
Graham and Heather receive their 200th awards
Then Graham and Karen from the Palmerston North club received their 400th Rally awards. Many congratulations to both couples.
Graham and Karen receiving their 400th awards
Derek then took the floor and announced that he was in charge of “bog rolls” over the weekend. He then went on to explain that to keep costs down we would be allowed one sheet at a time, and went on to carefully explain exactly how we could make this allocation do the job.
Derek explaining toilet etiquette, one sheet at a time
Club photos then took place. We took some photos for other clubs and then they returned the favour for us. Here we are, some of us in our orange outfits.
Heretaunga caravan club members at the rally
There were a few quizzes held in the evening get-together to test our brains. Sadly our table didn’t have all the answers, but then, we didn’t get the lowest score either. Not like that other group in the hall - how embarrassing to have to admit to that! The beauty of these rallies is the opportunity to meet up again up with people we hadn’t seen for a while, and catch up with all their news.