What's in our newsletter this week ... 

  • Club news update: sauna back in action, working bee and repairs update, wine tasting Friday 23 August, grants update
  • Bar manager appointed
  • Squash: Club Champs 23–25 August, entry now open
  • Tennis: summer interclub entries close tomorrow; Love Tennis weekend and Open Day
  • Gym update

Club news

Sauna open!

Not only is it open, it's had a spring clean! New ventilation has been fitted behind the sauna walls and a full professional sluice has been carried out, making one of the best saunas in town even better. If you haven't sampled the delights of our authentic steamy Scandanavian enclave you really should, and right now, with late winter in full blast, is a good time. You'll find it between the downstairs changing rooms.

Working Bee Sunday, 1 September

You're all invited to a working bee on Sunday, 1 September, which will be a great opportunity to brighten the club up prior to our scheduled open day the following weekend. Details of jobs we'll be tackling and what we might need your help with to follow closer to the date, but for now, mark it down and we look forward to seeing you there. BBQ will follow the bee.

Repairs update

The floor by the bar entry door is just about fixed and ready to be relaid, this job is scheduled to be complete within the next week.
Fixes to upstairs doors and windows are now complete.
We have replacement fans for the women's and men's bathrooms ordered and new air sanitation oxidizers fitted; and for those of you who've forgotten your phone or need a larger screen to book a court, the iPads are now back up and working.

Save the date — wine tasting!

Yes, we have heard you! We do indeed need more red wine options so we have a few bottles to choose from. Come along Friday 23 August for red wine tasting night; more info at the bar.


The first round of grant submissions for a security system upgrade will be submitted next week thanks to committee Grants Officer Kate Clausen's hard work! We hope for all our sakes that this is a successful maiden round for Kate, but regardless you can be assured she has many more in the pipeline and a robust grants application cycle process is being implmented that will serve the club well for years to come.

The bar gets an upgrade!

We noticed that it's been difficult to get a drink at various peak times because the bar hasn't been open ... so we have decided to trial the feasibility of having a more permanent bar manager presence to encourage member patronage going forward.

Our trial will begin on club night next Thursday, 15 August, with long-time member Rob Dick on duty.

Initially Rob will be manning the bar Tuesday to Friday 4:30pm to 10:00pm, and we'll let you know any changes to these times as we go.

We'll be analyzing stock lines and making some interesting additions to what you can get at the bar, including a premium beer added to the on-tap range and trying some food options.

But we will still need our bar volunteers! We'll be updating you with when you're needed, which will likely be filling in to cover when our bar manager may be needed for events and bookings, and other non-peak hours.

We have also tidied up the bar area a little. We have moved the prized Cousin's Shields banners to above the trophy cabinet so that they are in a place of honour as they are our national prizes after all. And there is plenty of room for more flags! 


Club Champs entries now open!

The dates are set: Friday, 23 August to Sunday, 25 August is when the dueling will take place for annual club champs honours. All grades and abilities should consider entering. Email George NOW at to enter! List your current grade when entering or if ungraded let George know what your playing level is like and you will be slotted into the appropriate comp.

Senior club night

Senior club night starts at 6.30pm on Thursdays. Come along and meet fellow club members.

Junior club night 

The best way to spend a Friday afternoon in winter, these have been going really well over the last term and are a great opportunity to get some game time. Join Jarrod and his team on Friday nights from 4pm to 6pm for coaching, fun games and just a little bit of competition.

Online club referee exam

Have you done the exam?  All players competing in competitive play such as interclub and tournaments are expected to have completed and passed the exam. More info here.


Last chance for senior summer interclub: entries close Friday, 9 August

If you are wanting to play interclub this coming summer and haven't entered yet, hurry and please fill out this entry form now; we need to organise and enter teams this weekend. First week of comp will be Saturday, 14 September.

Senior club night Thursday update, club day Sunday

Come along next Thursday from 6pm (weather permitting) for senior club night where you can meet, mix, and mingle on- and off-court with fellow club members with a board for organised doubles combos. We are trialling some new things to get ready for new season launch in September, so please come along, join in and give us feedback. Note that over the next few weeks we are hosting some West End players across a couple of courts from mid evening, so if you run into them please make them welcome, they are likewise hosting some of us down there on a Thursday as part of the reciprocal intraclub initiative. Sundays from 1pm, all are welcome for open court play, where you can mix and match your own games without having to book a court.

Junior club night Friday, and junior programmes

Club night hruns from 4.30pm. For info on junior coaching, school holiday and after-school programmes contact club professional David Mustard on 021 476 606.

Love Tennis weekend

Keep the weekend of 7 and 8 September free; it's the start of the new tennis season and we're joining in with Tennis NZ's nationwide Love Tennis promotion to launch the season with lots of fun events and giveaways to coincide with a club Open Day. You'll want to bring friends and family along for this one, more info to follow soon, but for now, mark the dates.

Gym update

You have probably noticed how lovely and bright it is in the gym and how shiny and clean the mirrors are now. Next week, we will have the cable tower machine serviced and the antibacterial wipes canister installed so that all equipment can be cleaned after each use. 

Pilates on the Court

You can now book your Pilates sessions online! 
Book either classes or private one-on-one sessions!

Pilates classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9.30am and Saturdays at 10am.

Need to speak with Pia? Call her on 029 6277 437

5 classes for $50 - Introductory Offer.  

"Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness”  Joseph Pilates

Member introductions

A big hello and welcome to our recent additions to the HBPRC family

New members

  • Alaister Wall
  • Nigel Lewin
  • Lara Vettor
  • Lauren van Arendonk
  • Andrei Chevenkov
  • Neena Ullal
  • Paul Chandler
  • Blair Chandler

Renewing members

  • Jacqueline de Bruyn
  • Hamish Catherwood
  • Brian Moore
  • Geoffrey Wallingford
  • Hamish Gain
  • Will Ormiston
  • Tristan Treadwell

Ponsonby Physiotherapy's Physio Tips

Ponsonby Physiotherapy have put together a series of useful physio tips to stay on top of your game. We’ll share one each newsletter. If you want to know more, get in touch with the team at

Ponsonby Physio Tip #1: Get loose and limber up!

As with any sport that involves fast bursts of activity followed by periods of standing still, warming up and staying warm is absolutely key to injury prevention on the court. Many a victim have entered our clinic having raced for a drop shot at the net and pulled their calf muscle in the first 10 minutes of a game. Sound familiar? A good warm up should increase the heart rate, lift blood flow to muscles and take your joints through their full range of movement. If you need guidance on this just give us a call.

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