Updated: Dec 2, 2020

Hello fellow members.

Where does the time go? It’s near the end of the month, and time for me to get this newsletter out and about to everyone. I do hope you are enjoying reading these, as it is going to be an on-going part of the Kiwi Coffin Club Charitable Trust. I have been working with Chris Knight, who has far more technical knowledge than I have. He is helping to get me up to speed with new technology, hopefully making my job of putting the newsletter together - and distributing to members - easier. Thank you, Chris, – and it is a work in progress!!

If you have any questions, or wish to share any new items with other members, you may do so by emailing me at,


Jan Kite - Editor

Chris Knight - Co-editor

First up is a laugh. Our very own Speak no evil, see no evil and hear no evil. Deidre, Kay and Diane. Normally they are hard at work, but I took this photo before lockdown and life was a bit more relaxed (at times).

Introducing Dave Lewis Dave joined the club at the start of this year when he came to build his own coffin, which he made out of pine. Once finished, as he like the concept of what our club does, he decided to stay on as a volunteer, and with his building knowledge he has become a valued member of our volunteers. Thank you Dave, you do a brilliant job

ntroducing our “newly” married couple ( Sorry they are new to our club – forgot to ask how many years married.

Bruce Browne has brought his woodworking skills to our workshop and is very appreciated by our other men in the workshop “more hands make light work” - well that is the saying, but doesn’t always work, as the workshop is never out of work. A BIG THANK YOU TO BRUCE for offering to go on our committee and he was duly elected at our recent meeting.

Sherryl Browne is helping Jill in the baby room now that she has completed her own coffin.

Your painting skills and detail to work is much appreciated.

Kay Farrow and Colin James

These are two of our regulars

And both are members of

Our committee.

Welcome Back Joy

Joy has been missing for some months with medical problems, but it’s great to see you back in the kitchen helping Joan with morning tea and lunches.

Good luck Maggie Pryce.

Maggie joined us as a volunteer last year when overseeing her coffin being done, but then decided to buy a unit in a retirement village in Papamoa. We wish you well in your new home, but hope you don’t find the drive from Papamoa to Rotorua very hard, and that you will miss us all and decide to come back for visits on a Wednesday.

Wanted: We are in need of volunteers. Unfortunately, we are an aging group and have some of our regulars not in good health at present. If you know anyone who would like to come along and help with our varied jobs, e.g. painters, woodworkers, dishwashers or just a “Jack of All Trades” ask them to come along on a Wednesday to our premises in Ti Street.

What a challenging year

Well I remember when the year 1999 was coming to end, and everyone was predicting the year 2000 terrible things were going to happen in the new millennium. Who would have thought 20 years later we would all be in lockdown, not allowed to see people outside out “bubble”, and wearing masks. However I think we have all done well, so ending this newsletter give yourselves a pat on the back.

Have you changed your address, Phone Numbers, Mobile, Email? Let the Office know so we can update our record’s, so you won’t miss out on what’s coming up.

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