Size: Online community, varies
Contact info: Through website email
Activities: As British culture is very dominant in New Zealand, there is an endless variety of English-oriented activities and associations in the Auckland area. Some get-togethers are organized on this website.
The Afrikaans Club of New Zealand (for South African Immigrants)
Contact info: 09-478 2291, firstname.lastname@example.org
Activities: Many! Business networking, social and family functions such as dances , concerts and BBQ’s, as well as an arts festival. There is a huge South African community in New Zealand and this club is a very professionally-run, multi-faceted organization.
B’nai B’rith Auckland
Contact info: email@example.com
Activities: B’nai B’rith is involved in a wide range of activities in the areas of human rights and anti-discrimination, promoting inter-ethnic and inter-religious understanding, social justice, community welfare, youth and young adults, senior citizens’ housing, education and health, and support for the State of Israel.
The Hong Kong New Zealand Business Association
Contact info: (09) 307 1216, firstname.lastname@example.org
Activities: Business gatherings, banquets, seminars, cocktail parties, receptions, etc.
You can find other online resources for expats in New Zealand at http://www.piperpat.co.nz/NZLinks/NZSociety/EthnicNational/tabid/2993/Default.aspx.
Business and Professional Organizations
Here are a few of the more important ones:
Profile: The BPW NZ has 27 branches throughout New Zealand. The Auckland branch meets every 3rd Tuesday at the Barrycourt Convention Centre. This is the primary NZ group for business and professional women and is aligned with worldwide business women’s organization.
Activities: Conferences on the local, national and international level, as well as leadership and advocacy programs and a networking service for younger businesswomen, 35 and under.
The New Zealand Marketing Association
Contact: (09) 361 7760, email@example.com
Profile: New Zealand’s premier association of marketing professionals.
Activities: Many seminars, marketing workshops, conferences and an annual awards ceremony.
There are many private clubs throughout the Auckland area. You can find a full list at http://www.clubsnz.org.nz/find-a-club.html?catid=13. Here are a few of the more prominent ones:
Contact: (09) 818 4219, firstname.lastname@example.org
Profile: Returned Services Association. Private club which welcomes anyone with different levels of membership for ‘Returned’ – those who have been to war, ‘Service’ – those who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces, ‘Associate’ – those who have not served but identify with the ideals. RSAs generally have a restaurant, bar and gaming facilities, generally at subsidised prices and are very friendly places.
Activities: Dances, concerts, poker, bowling, special dinners, bingo, raffles and much more.
Beachlands Chartered Club
Contact: (09) 536 6233, email@example.com
Profile: Features a restaurant, bar and gaming machines.
Activities: Darts, bowls, fishing competition, card games and market days.
Country Clubs in New Zealand, usually based around amazing golf courses, range from the lavish (indoor sports complexes, beautiful hotels and restaurants) to the minimal (golf course and clubhouse only). Here are a few notable ones:
Formosa Auckland Country Club
Contact: (09) 536 5895
Profile: Formosa is listed as one of the finest golf clubs in the world. The course has panoramic views of Waiheke Island, Rangitoto and the distant Coromandel peninsula. This country club has a lot more to offer than golf however – with a luxury hotel and sports complex as well.
Facilities: PGA standard golf course, driving range, hotel with 50 luxury villas, a clubhouse that includes bar, restaurant, two conference rooms, pro shop, coffee lounge, boardroom and conference room, a sports complex featuring squash, indoor tennis courts, indoor swimming pool, plus a spa with a sauna and steam room.
Gulf Harbour Country Club
Contact: 09 424 0971 ext 214, firstname.lastname@example.org
Profile: The location for the 2005 and 2005 NZ Golf Opens, Gulf Harbour has a spectacular course and an amazing clubhouse facility as well, designed by leading architects.
Facilities: A world class golf course, heated indoor swimming pool, tennis & squash courts, sauna, spa, fitness center, driving range, pro shop, members bar and lounge.
Pakuranga Country Club
Contact: 534-3818 xt 1, email@example.com
Profile: Eastern suburbs country club, one of the 5 best golf courses in the Auckland area.
Facilities: 18 hole golf course, pro shop, clubhouse, rooms for official functions, catering.
Community Service Organizations
Some of the prominent ones are listed below:
Lions Club New Zealand
Contact: (09) 427 4446
Profile: With hundreds of chapters all across New Zealand, as well as many just in the Auckland area, the Lions’ emphasis is on community service in all forms. Lions’ programs serve the young and the aged, the disabled and the disadvantaged, and are conducted locally, nationally and internationally.
Contact: (09) 377 7887, firstname.lastname@example.org
Profile: Volunteering Auckland promotes and supports volunteering to individuals, organisations and the community within the Greater Auckland Region. They match up people who want to volunteer with people and groups who need volunteers.
Big Buddy Mentoring
Contact: 09 838 4448
Profile: Organization that recruits men to act as mentors to fatherless boys. Similar to America’s “Big Brother” program.
Contact: (09) 524 0025, info@ParentsInc.org.nz
Profile: Offering seminars, workshops and events, Parents Inc. is a non-profit group dedicated to providing parents with resources and solutions.
There are many other types of clubs and associations in Auckland, geared to specific hobbies, sports, interests and trades. For best results, use http://www.google.co.nz to search for whatever specific club you’re interested in.